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CPD FAQ

Continuous Professional Development

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

A: CPD forms part of the PIRB’s professional registration. As PIRB registered, you will be required to keep your CPD credits in line with the required year credit amount to keep your registered status with the PIRB.

A: The PIRB does not engage in delivering any actual CPD, PIRB merely facilitates the process. Developmental CPD activities are mostly undertaken by third parties such as suppliers, manufacturers, training providers, private individuals, etc. In many cases these activities are free and in other cases, they are not. It is up to each of these 3rd parties to make the decision, to charge for the CPD activity or not. Similarly, it is your choice to attend any of the developmental CPD activities, free or not.

A: CPD is a by-product of what a person does naturally i.e. we learn and develop daily in some form or another. CPD is not limited to the traditional “classroom” or “book learning” activities but also the development/improvement of one’s self as a person and within one’s work environment. The CPD process is there to simply help and manage a person’s development through an ongoing basis, keeping a record, reviewing and guiding what is learned and should be learned, and in turn, making you a better person and more importantly not only an improved plumber as a whole but an improved professional industry.

A: CPD is not limited to the traditional “classroom” or “book learning” activities but also the development/improvement of one’s self as a person and within one’s work environment. You can accumulate CPD credits by undertaking various CPD activities within the various CPD streams. Sources may include but are not limited to, local and international training by CPD providers, local and regional conferences, meetings, association notices, plumbing articles, publications, surveys, mentoring, taking part in association activities, etc. The list is endless. PIRB professionals, who participate in an activity provided, should ensure that the activity is approved by the PIRB before the activity is undertaken so that the credits awarded will be recognised by the PIRB. You can click here to access the PIRB CPD menu showing an example of current activities.

A: CPD Credits are the “points” that you obtain in completing any respective activities. The points are accumulated throughout your registration cycle and the number of CPD credits required for your registration cycle is subject to your type of PIRB registration.

A: The number of CPD credits required within your registration cycle is subject to your type of PIRB registration that you have.
  • Master Plumber = 35 points,
  • Licensed Plumber = 25 points
  • Learner/ Technical Operator Practitioner/ Technical Assistant Practitioner = 10 points

A: A CPD registration cycle is aligned to your yearly PIRB registration. For example, if your yearly PIRB registration is from June 2017 to May 2018 your CPD registration cycle will be the same.

A: The easiest and simplest way to track your CPD points is by logging into your PIRB online profile. You can also contact the PIRB directly and ask for the CPD Department, or by sending an email to cpd@pirb.co.za, with the subject line reading: CPD Status PIRB Reg No: (add in your registration number).

A: You can submit your CPD Points via the PIRB Online web-submission, or by downloading, completing and submitting the CPD Activity form found on the PIRB website, or directly on your PIRB Profile. Where a registration form was completed and signed by you at a third parties activity such as meeting, these CPD credits will automatically be added to your profile

Q: CPD is not limited to the traditional “classroom” or “book learning” activities but also the development/improvement of one’s self as a person and within one’s work environment.
To obtain the required CPD credits, registered PIRB professionals can engage in one or more of the following three knowledge/skills CPD Streams:

  • Stream 1: Developmental: Core Knowledge and/or Non-Core Knowledge
    Development CPD Activities are activities that are related to structured educational and developmental meetings, seminars and training programs. All development activities must be approved and accredited by the PIRB before a CPD credit(s) may be allocated to the relevant activities and be awarded to the relevant registered person.
  • Stream 2: Work-Based
    Work-based CPD Activities are activities that are related to any work-related plumbing activities. All work-based activities should be done in an approved manner, according to a planned program approach, and will be subject to verification upon submission for CPD credits.
  • Stream 3: Individual
    As the name implies individual CPD activities are activities that are undertaken by each relevant individual. All individual activities should be done in an approved manner, according to a planned program approach, and will be subject to verification upon submission for CPD credits.

A: PIRB Professionals are required to be proactive and imaginative in searching for useful CPD information. Sources may include but are not limited to, local and international training and CPD providers, local and regional conferences, meetings, association notices, plumbing articles, publications, surveys, mentoring, taking part in association activities, etc.
Examples of the current CPD activities are available on our PIRB Website. There may be other activities that are not reflecting on the PIRB website, and PIRB professionals, who intend participating in an activity, should ensure that the activity is approved by the PIRB before the activity is undertaken so that the credits awarded will be recognised by the PIRB.

A: Third Parties wishing to submit their CPD activities may do so by submitting their CPD activity to the PIRB CPD committee for evaluation and approval. The PIRB - application for approval for a CPD activity can be downloaded from the PIRB website

A: All activities are evaluated and approved by the PIRB CPD sub-committee.

A: In most cases, the time and the content being delivered will be taken into consideration when evaluating the number of credits that should be awarded to an activity

A: In the event of a registered professional not complying with the requirements of CPD, the PIRB may impose any one or more of the following conditions:  
  • A three-month remedial period may be imposed on the PIRB registered professional who has not achieved the required credits at the end of their receptive CPD cycle.
  • If the registered professional does not achieve his/her required CPD credits after the remedial period, the registered professional will be required to undertake and pass the respective designation assessment, and/ or be interviewed to demonstrate his/her skill, to be reinstated as a registered PIRB professional.
  • In the case of a Master or Licensed Plumber registration they will be re-categorized to the designation of Qualified Plumber.
  • Removing the registered professional name from the PIRB register.

A: Yes, you can. An individual may carry over 33% of the points they achieve above the minimum of 25 points per year. The maximum they may carry over is five points which equate to 15.5 points additional to the 25 points they have already achieved.

A: Yes, when new activities are created, they will be added. Examples of the current CPD activities are available on our PIRB Website. There may be other activities that are not reflecting on the PIRB website, and PIRB professionals, who intend participating in an activity, should ensure that the activity is approved by the PIRB before the activity is undertaken so that the credits awarded will be recognised by the PIRB.