Throughout April and May, over 2,800 members across the province provided feedback on high-level principles and potential revisions to Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program.
While members previously provided feedback on the introduction of a proposed mandatory CPD program in 2010 and 2015, the latest survey was driven by a Council directive to explore modifications and improvements to the current model, as well as requirements under the new Professional Governance Act.
“Over the past two years, the CPD Committee has examined issues that affect and relate to CPD - including legislative challenges, government expectations, self-assessment research, findings from practice reviews and discipline cases, as well as jurisdictional research,” said Mark Adams, P.Eng., Chair of the CPD Committee.
“While we anticipate the Professional Governance Act will introduce new regulations for mandatory continuing education over the next several years, the CPD Committee wanted to take steps now to ensure our model better supports our members in meeting their current obligations, as well as to assist with the transition to the anticipated mandatory requirements.”
Members provided their input on a number of potential changes to the way professional development requirements are set out, including how to determine the number of hours required, the number and type of activity categories, acceptable CPD activities, and reporting requirements.
From the survey, our members communicated the following common themes:
- Managing hours: Most members are constantly maintaining and improving their professional competency through on the job experience. As such, professional practice hours should continue to count towards CPD requirements;
- Activity Type: A wide variety of activities (i.e., seminar presentations, webinar, mentoring) should be considered as CPD. It is important to ensure there are enough professional development opportunities for professionals of all discipline types and in all locations, including those offered at no- or low-cost;
- Flexibility in Application: There needs to be flexibility in the application of a mandatory program and certain members should be exempt from meeting requirements; and
- Members’ Responsibility: Each member should take responsibility for maintaining records of participation in CPD activities and only be required to provide a high-level report to the association.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s CPD Committee is now reviewing the feedback collected from this consultation process, and will be considering this input as they finalize their proposed revision to the CPD model.
The model will be presented to Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council for approval in September. Subject to the model being approved, it is expected changes will come into affect within 1–2 years.
To learn more about the association’s work on the continuing professional development program, visit egbc.ca/cpd-consultation.