What is CPD

The nature of the engineering profession carries with it the responsibility of professional persons to practise strictly within their area of competence and knowledge. Staying abreast of developments and advancements within the profession is therefore a requirement that can be achieved by continuously maintaining and developing knowledge within the field of practice. Continued Professional Development (CPD) is a mechanism used by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) to achieve this for registered professionals in South Africa.

ECSA defines CPD as: “The systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout a person’s engineering career.”

All persons actively practising as engineering professionals are required to register with ECSA, the body charged by the Government in terms of the Engineering Professions Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000) to regulate the practice of engineering in South Africa. The Act charges ECSA: “to serve and protect the safety and health of the public by establishing and maintaining minimum standards of practice, knowledge and skills of registered engineering persons in the country as well as to establish and maintain standards of professional ethics among them.” Agreements with international bodies—Engineers Mobility Forum, and the Engineering Technologists Mobility Forum—allows registered persons to have international registration through ECSA’s CPD programme. CPD is used to determine the renewal of ECSA registration.

For professionals practising within the energy sector, the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) provides CPD-accredited training through the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) for ECSA registration renewal requirements. ETF is the affiliated training provider for Certification courses of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE), an association dedicated to furthering and enhancing the body of energy efficiency knowledge and expertise within the Southern African region.

CPD Accreditation Bodies in South Africa

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act No. 46 of 2000). ECSA sees itself in partnership with the State and the engineering profession to promote a high level of education and training of practitioners in the engineering profession so as to facilitate full recognition of professionalism in the engineering profession, both locally and abroad.

For more information on professional registration or renewal of registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), or Continued Professional Development (CPD) enquiries in general logon to www.ecsa.co.za.

South African Institute for Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)

The SAIEE is a voluntary association for engineers that are professionally engaged in the full range of engineering activities, including academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infra-structural services.

For more information on the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) logon to www.saiee.org.za.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

The US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) provides Certification to individuals who pass the required courses and examinations, have the appropriate experience within the energy industry, and are committed to remain educated in the latest technologies, regulations and standards through the Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) program.

For more information on the AEE visit www.aeecenter.org

Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO)

The international Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), in co-operation with the AEE, has established the Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP®) program with the dual purpose of recognising the most qualified professionals in this growing area of the energy industry, and raising the overall professional standards within the measurement and verification field.

For more information on the EVO visit www.evo-world.org

Who qualifies for CPD Credits?

Persons registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) in the following professional categories: Professional Engineers, Professional Engineering Technologists, Professional Engineering Technicians and Professional Certified Engineers, Registered Technicians, and Master Technicians.

Registered candidates are required to undertake Continued Professional Development (CPD) to maintain full registration.

Courses accredited for CPD must meet adequate standards as set by ECSA.

The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) courses are CPD accredited as follows:

  • 5 CPD credits: CEM® (Certified Energy Manager) plus 1 CPD credit after completion of the CEM examination
  • 3 CPD credits: CMVP® (Certified Measurement and Verification Professional) + 1 CPD credit after completion of the CMVP examination
  • 3 CPD credits: CEA® (Certified Energy Auditor) + 1 CPD credit after completion of the CEA examination
  • 3 CPD credits: CWEP® (Certified Water Efficiency Professional) + 1 CPD credit after completion of the CWEP examination
  • 3 CPD credits: REP® (Certified Renewable Energy Professional) + 1 CPD credit after completion of the REP examination
  • 3 CPD credits: FEMT (Fundamental for Energy Management Training)
  • 3 CPD credits: MVST (Measurement and Verification Standard Training for South Africa and skills update for M&V)
  • 5 CPD credits: BEAT (Building Energy Audit Training)
  • 2 CPD credits: EnMSI (Energy Management Systems Implementation)

Who awards CPD credits?

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) recognises certain Voluntary Associations (VAs) of which membership can be obtained by professionals. A requirement from ECSA is that the associations are encouraged to present CPD activities, as well as assist their members in identifying CPD activities initiated by private providers.

The registered VAs are used as vehicles by ECSA to validate and monitor courses, seminars and conferences offered for CPD credits by private providers to ensure that the activities are of adequate standard.

The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) is proud to announce that the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), has recognised VAs of ECSA, and has accredited EnTF training courses for between 2-5 credits per course.

The value of the EnTF training not only meets the educational and skills development needs within the energy industry, but successful completion of the examination can lead to international Certification by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and provides recognition as part of over 16,000 distinguished global achievers in their field recognized in 89 countries, by demonstrating high levels of experience, competence and specialised knowledge.

What does provisional validation mean?

New training courses, or once-off events, require the submission of CPD credit applications to Voluntary Associations (VAs) of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD credit approval. Provisional validation is granted based on the outline of the course or the event, the professional engineering level it is aimed at and the quality of the lecturers, according to the requirements from ECSA.

Provisionally validated programmes receive provisional credits with an official validation number.

Full CPD credits are obtained after the presentation of the training course or event, after which the final evaluation can only be executed through audience recommendation and monitoring by the VA.