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CPD can be defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout a person’s engineering career.


ECSA’s definition is widely drawn and not prescriptive so as to remain flexible enough to be relevant to all registered persons at all stages of their careers. The emphasis for meeting CPD requirements is not on the acquisition of credits for the attendance of academic or theoretical courses alone, but has been spread over three categories of activities, which would contribute to meeting the minimum CPD credits needed for renewal of registration. The categories are fully described in the Categories of activities for CPD credits section.

Objectives of the CPD System

CPD is introduced for all registered persons in order to: 

  • ensure, through the creation of a culture of CPD, that all registered persons maintain their competence throughout their period of registration;
  • meet the requirements of the Act and be the acceptable means for renewal of registration;
  • meet the requirements for recognition of ECSA's assessment process with regard to international agreements;
  • ensure that those South African registered persons meet the requirements for their continued international registration.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the CPD file library which includes the downloadable application form as well as the CPD policy document.

CPD Validated Activities

The CPD Validation Schedule, accessible from the file library below, lists all activities that have been validated for CPD by the Institution. The schedule includes the validation numbers, period, number of credits and contact details for the applicable service providers. The file is in Excel format and is searchable by selecting the control ('CTRL") and 'F' buttons simultaneously on your keyboard, then type in the search criteria. Please contact the CPD co-ordinator should you need further assistance.

Applying for CPD Validation

Complete the CPD application form (Form ECPD2) accessible from the file library below, and submit this along with the required documentation to your local CPD office. We would require two sets of the following: 

  • Speaker/s’ CV
  • Speaker/s' notes
  • Any hand-outs to delegates 
  • Delegate pack
  • Brochure (and/or other promotional material)
  • Summary of evaluations (from previous session/s of the activity for which CPD is being applied for)
  • Any other relevant information pertaining to the activity

Please see further detailed information on requirements when applying for CPD validation here.



Contact CPD

 Telephone number: +27 [0] 11 615 5660

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to email the CPD Office



CPD File Library

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CPD related documents
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
CPD Validation Schedule Link  more ] Administration 2018/11/20
ECPD 2 Application form PDF (125.32 KB)  more ] 2017/12/01
ECPD 5 Guideline for Reviewers PDF (52.01 KB) 2010/06/01
ECSA 6 CPD Policy 30 Nov 07 PDF (105.81 KB) 2010/06/01
ECPD 7 Modifications to Cycle Portfolio PDF (28.54 KB) 2010/06/01
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