CPD Rules and Purpose

Legal Issues

In order to do Engineering Work, it is a legal requirement that a person is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Engineer, a Professional Engineering Technologist or a Professional Engineering Technician – see the Engineering Professions Act 46 of 2000. By not being registered, the individual stands the risk of having to pay a fine equal to double his / her salary while doing that work.

Purpose of CPD

To register and remain registered, it is compulsory for professionals to obtain CPD points.


CPD is defined as the “systematic maintenance, improving and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout an engineer’s career” – Electricity and Control April 2007

“This is not a system designed by administrators. It was created by a team of engineers for engineers” – Johan Pienaar who was the manager of registration at ECSA at the time.

CPD Rules Summary

  • Registration as a CPD Service Provider is a once – off exercise unless the company information changes. New rules and registration procedures have been implemented by ECSA as from 1 August 2021.
  • SAIMC is registered as a CPD Licensed Body that assesses material on behalf of ECSA, The SAIMC is accountable for the quality of the events are as per CPD guidelines.



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