1. Does ECSA have an online CPD recording system for me
to record and monitor my progress?
online recording system can be accessed by clicking on the following link.
2. Cannot login to the CPD portal to
record my CPD activities?
The CPD recording
system is only accessible with Internet Explorer, and the link provides
detailed steps to follow.
3. I forgot my login details?
a. Hint: Your login is the same as your ECSA registration number.
b. Hint: Your
password is your SA ID number or your Passport number.
c. Verification of your registration number can be obtained from the
ECSA website under “Who is registered?"
4. What is
the difference between an annum/year and a cycle?
annum/year refers to twelve (12) months. A cycle refers to five (5)
5. What are the different
categories in which CPD credits can be claimed?
3 categories in which CPD credits can be obtained, namely:
Category 1: Developmental Activities – for the attendance of validated
structured/developmental activities such as
conferences, congresses, large group workshops etc.
Category 2: Work-based Activities – for performing your day-to-day
engineering related work and for mentoring of
candidate engineers in the workplace.
Category 3: Individual Activities – for being a member of ECSA
recognised voluntary association and doing other
activities that relate to engineering.
to the CPD Rules for a detailed explanation of these categories.
6. What is the minimum number of CPD
credits which one should accumulate in a five (5) year cycle?
person needs to obtain a minimum twenty-five (25) credits over a five (5)
year cycle. The registered
needs to obtain a minimum of 3 credits per year and a minimum of five (5)
credits on Category 1:
Developmental Activities in a cycle.
7. Who can
validate activities for Category 1: Developmental Activities?
ECSA recognised Voluntary Associations and Tertiary Institutions with
accredited engineering programs may
activities for Category 1: Developmental Activities.
8. How do
I confirm that an activity was indeed validated?
CPD activities that have been validated are listed on the ECSA’s website.
Confirmation can be obtained by
the following CPD activities link.
|9. Who do
I contact if I require assistance with the requirements of CPD?
can e-mail ECSA at firstname.lastname@example.org
for any CPD enquiries.
10. How do I record my CPD activities?
link provides a guide to assist registered persons with the recording of
their CPD activities.
11. What is CPD?
CPD is Continuing
Professional Development which facilitates a mechanism through which
registered persons are
renew their registration with ECSA. Section 22(1) of the Engineering
Profession Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000)
that a registered person has to renew his or her registration and has to
‘apply’ in the prescribed manner, to
Council for the renewal of his or her registration.
12. Where can I obtain the required CPD
All related forms
for CPD may be obtained by accessing the following link.
13. When does my cycle expire?
The five (5) year
cycle of each registered person commences on the anniversary of the date on
which such a
person was registered by the Council, which is the date that appears on the
person’s certificate of
issued by the Council. This date also constitutes the expiry date of
their cycle and the date they have to
14. There are no
service provider’s offering CPD activities in my area, how do I attain CPD
Some VA's provide
online CPD activities for Category 1: credits. Category 3 credits can
also be obtained from
articles in technical publications and answering some controlled
questions. Generally there will be
activities in all of
the main centres throughout South Africa.
15. CPD courses are
quite expensive and unaffordable, is there a way to mitigate the cost?
CPD Courses need
not be very expensive. VA's and other bodies provide much cheaper courses. We
live in a free
economy and market forces regulate the cost. VA's provide free presentations
that have CPD credits.
16. Why does ECSA grant CPD points for
membership of Voluntary Associations?
Associations provide facilities for networking with other engineering peers
and opportunities for
professional development by reading technical and by attending technical
talks and presentations; ECSA
the value of being a member of a VA.
17. If I further my studies and obtain
a post graduate qualification, will this count towards my CPD credits?
The completion of
a post graduate degree gives an applicant five (5) CPD credits in Category 3:
18. One way of obtaining CPD
credits is by reading a technical publication. How does ECSA verify
ECSA relies on
one adhering to the Code of Conduct and this can also be verified by an audit
process as stipulated
6 of the Rules on CPD.
19. I am a member
of an international VA, can I submit activities completed through this VA for
International activities may be acceptable. The registered person must
apply to ECSA for evaluation and approval of
activity by completing an application for evaluation of international
activities (Form ECPD5) and providing the
20. Am I allowed
to repeat a CPD activity and resubmit as part of my CPD portfolio?
not condone a repeat activity within a year as no new knowledge is obtained
however a refresher activity
accepted provided it is in another year within the same cycle.
registration with other statutory councils or bodies count as CPD credits?
Registration with another body does not constitute keeping up to date or
learning and is thus not acceptable for
22. If I completed an
activity locally which is not validated, can I submit the evidence to enable
accumulate CPD credits?
No. A local activity which was not validated cannot be claimed under
Category 1: Developmental Activities.
23. I am due to renew my
registration, however, in the past five (5) years I have failed to accumulate
credits, is there any remedial course for my
The Council may,
upon receipt of a fully motivated and substantiated application from any
registered person, grant
from the requirements of these rules for such period within the five year
cycle as the council may deem
appropriate and reasonable (refer to section 8, of the Rules on CPD). This
cannot be condoned indefinitely.
registration is a formal process and application for renewal of registration
must be made to Council in the
manner, whether you have the necessary credits or not. If this is not done
your registration will lapse.
24. I work as a manager, and am
no longer strictly performing practical engineering functions, how can I
accumulate CPD credits to keep
Engineering Managers still take engineering decisions and use engineering
principles in making these decisions.
Keeping up to date and meeting CPD requirements is still vital for the
individual who wants to remain registered.
25. As a Candidate Engineer do
I need to present CPD evidence?
The CPD policy as such does not apply to candidates. However as a candidate
you are required to continue learning
which is called Initial Professional Development (IPD) which is required when
applying for registration in order to
meet Outcome 11. Attending CPD courses for purposes of IPD also helps you to
develop other competencies.
Validation of IPD activities is not required for ECSA registration