Demonstrating CPD

CPD FAQs

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

What does 'professionally active' mean?

My employer doesn't support my CPD and I don't have access to training. What can I do?

I'm about to retire (or have another significant change of circumstances) - how can I complete the CPD submission form section on future CPD plans?


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. Complete Sections 1 and 3 of the relevant submission form with an explanation of your situation for your circumstances to 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 Lead Energy Assessors) 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 and 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 (either paid and unpaid) where you use professional skills and knowledge. If you're retired from paid work but undertake volunteer work on behalf of the profession (such as mentoring others, carrying out membership report assessments and interviews) this is still classed as professionally active and we would expect you to carry out relevant CPD to keep your  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 and 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 for review.

My employer doesn’t support my CPD and I don’t have access to training. What can I do?

We 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 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 submissions 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'm about to retire (or have another significant change of circumstances) - how can I complete the CPD submission form section on future CPD plans?

If you are about to, or have recently had, a change in circumstances which leaves your future CPD plans uncertain, liable to change, or no longer appropriate, please describe these changes and what they mean to your future CPD plans in the relevant section of the CPD submission form.

You don't need to have detailed CPD plans for the future if that's not appropriate at the time, but we would expect you to 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 (eg 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.