CPD Rules and Purpose

Purpose of CPD

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.

In order 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

The CPD Service Provider is required to provide evidence of a comprehensive QMS related
to the administration and offering of CPD Activities. The QMS includes the following

  • A broad outline of the programme for the forthcoming year
    Quality assurance / strategies employed for the CPD Activities
  • Method for recording attendance
  • Intended mechanism for monitoring attendance (per hour or per session) for the
    duration of the activity
  • Proposed attendance register (with evidence of copy)
  • Attendance certificate that will be provided on completion of the activity
  • Method to be used for obtaining feedback or evaluation of the CPD event
  • Database containing information of CPD Activities
  • – see CPD Gazetted Rules