Frequently asked questions

What if I am retired, unemployed, on a career break or maternity/paternity leave?

Members that are not professionally active may be exempt from the CPD requirements for IChemE membership and Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration. If sampled for one of the above registrations, complete Section 1 of the relevant submission form with an explanation of your situation and the situation will be reviewed.

The Science Council (for CSci, RSci and RSciTech registrants), the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (for RPEQ registrants), the Society for the Environment (for CEnv registrants), and the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS registrants) require registrants to be professionally active in order to remain on their registers. It is possible to defer your CPD revalidation if you hold one of these registrations but are unemployed, on a career break or maternity/paternity leave, but retired Members that are not professionally active may have to relinquish their registration. If sampled for one of the above registrations, complete Section 1 of the relevant submission form with an explanation of your situation and the situation will be reviewed.

What does professionally active mean?

Professionally active means that you are undertaking activities (both paid and unpaid) where you are using your professional skills and knowledge. Those people that are retired from paid work but that are carrying out volunteering work on behalf of the profession, such as mentoring others, carrying out membership report assessments and interviews would still be classed as professionally active and therefore we would expect these Members to be carrying out relevant CPD to keep their knowledge up-to-date - the type and level of CPD will be dependent on the activities being carried out.

The Science Council (for CSci, RSci and RSciTech registrants), the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (for RPEQ registrants), the Society for the Environment (for CEnv registrants), and the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS registrants) require registrants to be professionally active in order to remain on their registers. It is possible to defer your CPD revalidation if you hold one of these registrations but are unemployed, on a career break or maternity/paternity leave, but retired members that are not professionally active may have to relinquish their registration. If sampled for one of the above registrations complete section 1 of the relevant submission form with an explanation of your situation and the situation will be reviewed.

My employer doesn’t support me in doing CPD - I don’t get any training opportunities and this is not likely to change in the future. What am I supposed to do?

We recognise and understand that not everyone will have access to the same opportunities and that an individual’s CPD plan and activities will be highly dependent on their personal circumstances. CPD is much more than just training courses and other formal activities. Any activity which maintains or increases your knowledge and skills is essentially CPD. This can include on the job activities, by applying existing knowledge and skills to new situations as an example. In addition, many local member groups and special interest groups put on free or low cost events, which can be attended in person, or sometimes via webinar. When assessing CPD submission we will take account of all the information provided, so in completing your submission form, please help us by explaining any limitations or constraints that impact on your CPD plans in the relevant section.

I am about to retire (or have other significant change of circumstances) within the next few months - how can I complete the CPD submission form section on future CPD plan?

If you are about to, or just have had, a change in circumstances which means that your future CPD plans are uncertain, liable to change, or no longer appropriate, then when you complete the section on future CPD plans, please briefly describe these changes in circumstance and what this means for your future CPD plans. We do not expect people to have detailed CPD plans for the future if that is not appropriate at the time. We would expect that you would still be able to describe the recent CPD activities that you have undertaken. Please bear in mind that if you stop paid employment, but continue to carry out activities such as volunteering work for IChemE (e.g. carrying out professional review interviews) you will still be ‘professionally active’ and will need to do some CPD, but only that which is necessary to maintain your skills and knowledge appropriate to the activities you carry out.

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