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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is the means by which members of professional bodies maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills for developing personal qualities required in their professional lives.

 

Pakistan Engineering Council under its Act has mandate for introducing and ensuring continued professional development activities amongst its growing community of engineers and has devised a comprehensive framework titled Professional Development of Engineers (Bye Laws – 2008) approved by the Government of Pakistan.

 

The main objective is to develop competence and ability of engineers for the application of theoretical knowledge to practical situations and to evolve innovative solutions to real life problems while adhering to professional ethics and acquisition of a broader understating of their obligations to society.

 

     Objectives of CPD and EPE. - The objectives of CPD and EPE shall

Include,-

 

(a)          application of theoretical knowledge to practical situations and to evolve innovative solutions to real life problems;

 

(b)         application of concepts and ingredients of management to professional works including relevant legal and financial aspects;

 

(c)          acquisition and application of necessary communication skills;

 

(d)         knowledge of latest developments in various fields of engineering including information technology for specific and cross disciplinary application; and

 

(e)          adherence to professional ethics and acquisition of a broader understanding of obligations of engineers to society.

 

Parameters for professional development of engineers.- In order to maintain minimum standards of competence, practical knowledge and skills of registered persons, the following parameters shall be followed, namely:-

 

(a)          for newly registered engineer, first year after graduation shall be a grace period and CPD will be applicable from second year onwards;

 

(b)         a registered engineer shall have to earn nine credit points in first three years cycle, twelve credit points in next three years cycle and five credit points per year thereafter for renewal of registration under the Act;

 

(c)          a registered engineer is required to appear for EPE after five years of initial registration with the Council and acquire at least seventeen credit points;

 

(d)         a registered engineer may qualify for registration as professional engineer after qualifying in EPE;

 

(e)          engineers who graduated after March 2005 and are registered with the Council as Registered Engineer are required to show five years’ experience from the date of registration, with requisite credit points consisting of ten credit points of practical experience and seven credit points from other categories of CPD of the years after its applicability;  

 

(f)          professional engineers already registered with the Council are not required to appear in EPE;

 

(g)         existing professional engineers are required to obtain three credit points per year for renewal of registration, with effect from July 2010; and

 

(h)         an engineer registered as professional engineer by the International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA), on application, shall be recognized by the Council as professional engineer.

 

Explanation. - The IPEA, formerly the Engineers Mobility Forum Agreement, is a multi-national agreement between engineering organizations in the member jurisdictions which creates the framework for establishment of an international standard of competence for professional engineers and then empowers each member organization to establish a section of the International Professional Engineers Register.

 

General requirement and conduct of CPD.- (1) A registered engineer shall acquire credit points as provided under clause (b) of bye-law 13.

 

  Additional credit points accumulated during any one year may be carried over to subsequent years for renewal of certificate of registration under the Act.

 

CPD ACTIVITIES AND CREDIT POINTS

Category

Applicable CPD program

Duration Credit Hour(s)

Credit Points

Remarks

Category- a

 

Formal Education (Higher Education recognized by PEC/HEC)

 

Limit = 4 Credit points/year

 

a.      Post Graduates Diploma (PGD)

 

2

4

(6 – 9 months)

(9 - 12 months)

 

 

b.      Award of Post Graduate Degree (Engg, IT, Finance, Management, Economics, Law etc).

 

 

 

4

 

6

 

(Course work only)

 

(Course work plus research)

 

c.       Award of Doctorate (Ph.D) in Engg.

 

 

12

 

Category – b

Work Based Activities

Work Experience (Engineering related work including relevant aspects of Management)

 

400

 

1

 

(Limit = 2 credit points/year)

Category – c*

 

Development Activities

 

Limit for category-c = 2 credit points per year

1.      Membership of a recognized professional association/body

 

2.      Participation in Training & Development programs

 

3.      Participation in Conference

 

4.      Participation in Seminar

 

5.      Participation in Lectures

 

6.      Participation in Workshop

 

7.      Refresher Course/Short course

 

 

 

 

 

02

 

02

 

 

02

 

One day

 

One day

1

2

 

1

 

0.5

 

0.5

 

 

0.5

 

1

 

1

National

International

 

Limit = 2 memberships/year

Category–d*

 

Individual Activities

1.      Individual lecturer

 

2.      Symposium panelist

 

3.      Writing and publishing a research article in journals/technical report

 

 

4.      Writing conference paper

 

 

5.      Authoring a book

 

 

6.      Part of activities such as emergency/recognized social work

 

7.      Participation in statutory. Technical/non-technical committees

 

8.      Managing Technical event

 

1.5

 

0.5

 

1.5

 

3.0

 

0.5

1.5

 

5.0

 

 

1.0

 

 

 

1.0

 

1.0

2.0

Lectures exclude routine teaching

 

 

National Publication

International Publication

 

National

International

 

Approved by a Body.

 

 

Professional Contribution

 

 

Active Participation

National

International

* Limit for Category c & d (each) = 2 credit points per year.

 

 

 

 


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