Since 2017, the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee has been exploring modifications to the CPD program to better guide members in meeting their obligations to stay current in their knowledge and skills in the professional and ethical aspects of their practice areas. The new Professional Governance Act will also introduce a number of changes to the way engineers and geoscientists in BC undertake their professional practice, including the requirement for the association to “establish and maintain a continuing competency program to promote high practice standards amongst registrants.”
To help inform their review, the CPD committee will soon ask members for their views on possible adjustments to the model, in order to advise government on what will work best to protect the public once this section of the Professional Governance Act is brought into force.
The initial member consultations will focus on high-level principles that will guide any revisions to the model, including simplicity, flexibility, and quantity of CPD completed. A survey is planned to be released to members in early April, with additional engagement opportunities to follow.
In examining the current model and potential alternatives, the committee has focused on taking a deeper look at the issues that affect and relate to CPD—including legislative challenges, government expectations, self-assessment research, findings from practice reviews and discipline cases, and jurisdictional research.
For more information on the committee’s review, consultation opportunities, and the current CPD program, visit egbc.ca/About/Initiatives-and-Consultations/Continuing-Professional-Development-Program.
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