The Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) is responsible to maintain and effectively administrate a live and updated registration system and database of all active plumbing practitioners within South Africa.
PIRB registered plumbers are required to acquire new and updated levels of knowledge and skills that will not only add measurable beneﬁts to the practice of plumbing, compliant with mandatory national standards and regulations but also enhance and promote professional integrity of the plumbing industry.
This is ultimately done through the Continuous Development (CPD) System set up in 2014 by the PIRB where each registered PIRB person has their own CPD cycle, the start date of which is their annual renewed registered period with the PIRB.
WHAT EXACTLY IS CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)?
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 plumbing career.
CPD runs within a registered plumber’s annual 12-month registration cycle, during which period every registered PIRB person will be required to accumulate the minimum points required according to the Plumbers Designation, in order to retain their PIRB registration when renewing their annual registration.
33% of any additional CPD points achieved over and above the minimum annual CPD requirement in a one-year registration cycle of any registered plumber will be carried over to his/her next registration cycle.
For example: if a registered licensed plumber requires 25 CPD points but achieves 45 points in their registration cycle, he/she will be allowed to carry over 5 points into their next registration cycle.
WHERE DO I CAPTURE MY CPD POINTS?
- Manually by completing and signing the CPD Activity Register form and returning it to firstname.lastname@example.org.,
- or Electronically on the PIRB CPD system,
- or Plumbers App
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CAPTURE MY CPD POINTS?
It is recommended that all CPD activities that have taken place be registered as soon as possible after the relevant activity has taken place but not later than thirty days prior to the completion of their annual registration cycle.
WHERE CAN I VIEW MY CPD POINTS?
Registered PIRB persons may access their personal CPD records by going to the PIRB website and following the relevant prompts. Registered persons should keep verifiable evidence of all their CPD activities for at least 2 years.
Visit the PIRB’s website for more information.