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CPD FAQ

 

What is Continuous professional development or CPD?

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.

Why would I need CPD?

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

The CPD process is just a money-making racket!

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.

Where do I find time to do CPD?

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.

How can I obtain my CPD points?

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 points 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 points awarded will be recognised by the PIRB. You can click here to access the PIRB CPD menu showing an example of current activities.

What are CPD points?

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

How many points do I require?

The number of CPD points 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

What is a CPD registration cycle?

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.

How do I track my CPD points?

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).

How do I submit my CPD points?

You can submit your CPD Points via the PIRB Online web-submission.

What are CPD Streams?

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 points, 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 points.

  • 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 points.

Where do I find CPD activities?

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 points awarded will be recognised by the PIRB.

How do I get my activity accredited with PIRB?

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

Who appoints the CPD activities?

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

How are the CPD points determined for an activity?

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

What happens if I do not obtain my CPD points for the cycle?

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 points at the end of their receptive CPD cycle.
  • If the registered professional does not achieve his/her required CPD points 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.

 

Can I carry over CPD points?

Yes, you can. 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.

Will there be new CPD activities added?

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 points awarded will be recognised by the PIRB.