Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Under the Code of Professional Standards that all members of the CIPHE agree to abide by, members are required to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and the CIPHE currently recommends that members should obtain 30 hours of CPD on an annual basis.
There are many ways in which members can earn CPD hours, including attending training courses and seminars, mentoring employees and apprentices to reading industry publications. The CIPHE recommends that members should obtain CPD hours under the following activities and provide guidance on maximum hours to be obtained under each. This guidance can be used to help you to complete your CPD record sheet.
Please keep copies of CPD record cards and all supporting evidence.
The maximum number of hours that can be claimed for CPD purposes is 7 hours for a full day and 3.5 hours for a half day.
1. Training Courses and Workshops
Training courses that are specific to developing your plumbing and heating knowledge and skills are eligible for CPD hours. Distance learning training is also acceptable.
Evidence required: A copy of a signed certificate.
Maximum hours that may be claimed for this activity: 30 hours
2. Conferences and Seminars/Lectures
The following are eligible for CPD hours:
- Conferences and seminars organised by the CIPHE
- Conferences and seminars organised by other plumbing and heating engineering related organisations
CIPHE members who are involved in the delivery of seminars and lectures can also claim CPD hours for both the preparation and delivery of the presentations.
Maximum hours that may be claimed for this activity: 14 hours
3. Attending Exhibitions
The CIPHE recognises that attendance of industry related exhibitions counts towards an individual’s development and attending such exhibitions qualify for CPD hours. Proof of attendance will need to be demonstrated via booking confirmation or a copy of a name badge.
Maximum hours that may be claimed for this activity: 8 hours
4. Technical Writing
The writing of published technical articles, papers, journals and books related to plumbing and heating engineering can qualify for CPD hours. Copies of all materials will need to be provided as evidence.
Maximum hours that can be claimed for this activity: 15 hours or 30 hours for books
The CIPHE recognises the value of members supporting apprentices/trainees and the following activities are eligible for CPD hours:
- Mentoring apprentices/trainees in a plumbing and heating engineering discipline
- Part time teaching/lecturing by non-academics
A letter for the individual being mentored will need to be provided as evidence or a letter from the educational establishment.
Maximum hours that may be claimed for this activity: 20
6. Private study
The CIPHE defines private study as learning new skills and/or improving plumbing and heating engineering knowledge. The following are eligible for CPD hours:
- Online research,
- Learning new job related skills
- Reading plumbing and heating engineering related publications
- Completion of CPD articles in P&HE magazine*
Where applicable, evidence can be provided by noting the source, date and documentation of the relevance of the information obtained.
* Submission of completed P&HE CPD articles will be awarded 30 minutes per completed article or 3 hours where all six are completed and submitted.
Maximum hours that may be claimed for this activity: 8
7. Qualification studies
All industry related and recognised qualifications are eligible for CPD hours. A copy of your qualification certificate or a letter of attendance signed by your tutor will be required as evidence.
Maximum hours that can be claimed under this category: 30