Relevant verified CPD is a vital pillar of our scheme

We need to make sure that engineers that hold RPEng status are of the highest standard of contemporary practice.

To meet the CPD requirements, you must provide a record of 150 hours of completed CPD over the last three years or if you work part-time or have had a career break including parental leave then your CPD record of 150 hours can be completed over the last five years.

150 hours sounds like a lot, but CPD can be completed in a range of different ways.

Use the handy guide below to learn about your CPD expectations, and the types of eligible activities for each category.

CPD categories and information

(No Limit)

Formal postgraduate education aligned to your work which can attract an award on completion from a higher education institution. This may include individual units of postgraduate study, which may be on or off campus and can include lectures, tutorials, lab work, research, and must involve some form of assessment.

You can claim the time that is the definite hours for all lectures, tutorials and laboratory works. If you haven’t completed the whole course at the time of application, you are permitted to include the completed units on the provision that these were taken within the three-year period. Private study, planning and preparation related to the completion of formal postgraduate education can be claimed as CPD.

There is no limit to the maximum number of hours that you can claim for a three-year period, bearing in mind a spread of activities from other categories is required.  The courses and or units must be aligned to your current role and responsibilities, or explicitly related to the discipline in which you seek registration in.

(No Limit)

Education provided by your employer or by a provider that is not a higher education provider but that aligns with your work or profession.

Formal training programs offered by an employer or by a non-higher education provider or RTO is acceptable as an activity under this category.

Online courses are acceptable. Private study, planning and preparation related to the completion of formal postgraduate education can be claimed as CPD. There is no limit to the number of hours you can claim for this category.

(No limit, with the exemption of RPEng related services, limited to 50 hours for three-years)

Attendance at a conference or technical society meeting. Activities associated with the applicant’s contribution to the profession such as acting as a mentor, as an assessor for an engineer registration scheme, serving on aboard or committee related to the profession of engineering can be considered.

Assessors can also consider participation in activities or groups which demonstrate your commitment to the profession, such as acting as an Assessor for an engineer registration scheme, as well as serving on boards or committees related to the Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) program.

Only participation in meetings or undertaking responsibilities associated with involvement in the group or activity can be claimed.

The logbook must only detail the hours the applicant spent in attendance at the event.

Please note that if you can only claim a maximum of 50 hours in a three-year period for services related to the Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) scheme

(Non-peer reviewed activities, limited 45 for three years and Peer reviewed activities, limited 75 for three years)

Presenting at a conference or meeting outside of normal employment aligned to your work and profession and can include presentation and preparation of material.

The assessor will exercise judgement as to whether the presentation detailed in the CPD log constitutes inclusion under Category D, or whether it would be more suitable for inclusion under Category C. When reviewing Category D entries, assessors are looking for information regarding the topic of the presentation, the processes of preparing for the presentation, and the audience of the presentation.

You can claim up to 45 hours over a three-years for papers that have been published in journals or at conferences, as well as for the preparation of the material for courses that are not part of your standard employment role.

You can also claim up to 75 hours over a three-year period for papers that are peer reviewed prior to publishing.

(Limited to 75 hours over three-years)

Workplace learning involving theories, concepts, practices, that extent your knowledge. Normal work activities using current knowledge cannot be claimed.

Professionals Australia believes that on the job learning plays a vital contribution to the development of professionals and is a category which is often overlooked. The types of activities applicants should consider for this category which enhances their knowledge and understanding of engineering in theories, concepts and practices.

Some activities might include:

  • Development of safety or training manuals/programs
  • Learning of new software or programs
  • Preparation of meeting materials or briefing notes regarding updated workplace theories, concepts and practices

Importantly, activities claimed for this category must be for the extension of existing knowledge, or the development of new knowledge and skills. You can claim up to 75 hours over a three- year period.

(Limited to 150 hours over three-years)

Producing a published paper for a university, conference, engineering organisation relevant to the profession, can include research and preparation.

This category refers to any written material published in a technical journal, university publication, in conference papers or any other publication deemed acceptable to the assessor.

Where the paper was co-authored, the applicant can claim a pro- rata split of the total time.

(Limited to 110 hours over three-years)

Extension of your knowledge of legislation, regulations, codes, standards and specifications through work or private study.

Specific sources of this knowledge may include technical or industry magazines and journals, as well as research through internet searches and digital information sources, online technical communities and discussion forums.

You are expected to include sufficient information to identify the source claimed, including where possible, the title of the publication/material, author/source, date-published and link. Applicants are advised to use a conservative estimate when claiming activities in this category, as the assessor may choose to investigate the activity to confirm.

Additional Information 

Ultimately, the assessor has the discretion to determine if the activities provided in an applicant’s CPD log are adequate, and meet the expectations of a Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng).

Applicants are expected to exercise their best judgement and give reasonable consideration regarding which activities they choose to include as CPD, and under which category.

Importantly, assessors only accept activities undertaken within the three-years immediately prior to submitting an application.

Assessors may also choose to seek additional information regarding particular activities entered in the CPD log to confirm the applicant’s participation and to ensure that the skills and knowledge detailed in the CPD log were truly developed.

Preparing your CPD log for your application

There is an easy-to-use online log which applicants can use with their application. Once it’s complete, it’s very easy to keep up-to-date.

When preparing to make your application, be mindful that we require the following information for your CPD log:

  • Institution/employer/provider of each activity
  • Duration of each activity
  • Evidence of completion/participation
  • A contact person to verify completion/participation

Still have questions?

Our team can assist on 1300 273 762 or at RPEng@professionalsaustralia.org.au.

Next up in eligibility:

Or skip to the other eligibility requirements: