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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Under the Code of Professional Standards which all members of the CIPHE agree to abide by, members are also required to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  In fact with effect from January 2019, all members who are also registered with the Engineering Council as EngTech, IEng or CEng must, when called upon by the CIPHE, submit their record of CPD for assessment.  Member registrants will be chosen at random and will be given notice of when they should submit their record, which will normally be for the preceding year only.

You may have read about mycareerpath in previous issues of P&H Engineering and we would encourage you to use this online facility if possible.  You can upload CPD certificates for attendance on training courses or other events, keep a record of any exhibitions or Trade Shows you may have attended or a record of any private reading of technical journals or publications.  Helping others to learn is also a form of CPD so you can also include this in your record if you are currently training an apprentice. 

If you keep a CPD log for your employer as part of their appraisal system or maintain your CPD records with another Professional Engineering Institution, you can also submit this to the CIPHE to avoid duplicating effort.

The CIPHE recommends that members should obtain 30 CPD hours per year under the following activities and provides guidance on maximum hours to be obtained under each.  This guidance can be used to help you to complete your CPD record.

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.

Below are examples of what constitutes CPD.

CPD Categories

1. Training Courses and Workshops

Training courses that are specific to developing your plumbing and heating knowledge and skills are eligible for CPD. 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:

  • 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 qualifies as CPD. 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 as CPD. Copies of all materials will need to be provided as evidence. 

Maximum hours that may be claimed for this activity: 15 hours or 30 hours for books 

5. Mentoring 

The CIPHE recognises the value of members supporting apprentices/trainees and the following activities are eligible for CPD:

  • 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 hours

6. Private study 

The CIPHE defines private study as learning new skills and/or improving plumbing and heating engineering knowledge. The following qualify as CPD:

  • Online research,
  • Learning new job related skills
  • Reading plumbing and heating engineering related publications
  • Completion of CPD articles in P&H Engineering magazine. A certificate is issued for completion of CPD articles. (30 minutes per completed article or 3 hours where all six are completed and submitted).

Where applicable, evidence can be provided by noting the source, date and documentation of the relevance of the information obtained. 

Maximum hours that may be claimed for this activity: 8 hours 

7. Qualification studies

All industry related and recognised qualifications qualify as CPD. A copy of your qualification certificate or a letter of attendance signed by your tutor will be required as evidence. 

Maximum hours that may be claimed for this activity: 30 hours