The new CPD Policy of the SACPCMP as published for public comment in Board Notice 189 of 2016 published in Government Gazette No. 40480 on the 9th of December 2016 has been gazetted to commence on the 1st April 2017.
Public comments were invited during a period when most people were on leave during the annual builders holiday, and it is hard to tell if the new policy on CPD represents the input of the majority of registered persons. The comment period closed on 17 February 2017. We could thus assume adequate feedback were received during the latter part of the comment period. But what is the impact of the new CPD policy on registered persons? Rudy Maritz, CEO of the Cygma Group takes a look.
Amendment in Points Requirement
The new CPD policy have reduced the minimum points a registered person needs to attain during a period of 5 years; called the CPD cycle. The previous policy framework had a discrepancy in the allocation of CPD points over the three categories totalling 140%. The new policy have removed this discrepency and the distribution of CPD activities are based on a 60:40 split making it a total of 100%.
The maximum number of points to be allocated during each CPD cycle has been decreased from 100 to 25 points.
Allocation of points
Points are allocated by the SACPCMP Council based on the duration of CPD activities as well as the level of learning. Attending a workshop will earn less points than actually presenting a workshop, and reading a book will earn less points than publishing a book. The new CPD policy requires a registered person to convert CPD points into CPD hours in order to ensure the 60:40 split is properly maintained.
As example, attending a two day CPD course for 2 points will earn 16 CPD hours. A one day course for 1 CDP point will covernt to 8 CPD hours. A general rule of thumb is 1 point = 8 hours.
Understanding the 60:40 split
CPD Activities are divided into three categories, i.e. A, B and C
Category A is mandatory and must equate to 60% of the total CPD points allocated per CPD cycle. Category A is also broken up into two knowledge groups, being Core and Non-core knowledge.
Core knowledge includes:
- Further studies to gain advanced knowledge leading to certification
(certificate, post graduate diploma, diploma, degree, masters, doctorate and others).
- Attendance of local and international accredited conferences and congresses and at accredited courses in accordance with the SACPCMP validation criteria, and registered formal educational meetings, seminars, workshops, short courses and any other methods of delivery of professional development that are deemed appropriate by Council.
- Attainment of relevant Prior Learning within the construction and project management industry.
Non-Core Knowledge includes:
- Computer usage skills
- Image seminars
- Technical and professional conferences, symposia
- Refresher courses, short courses without a measurable outcome.
- Delivering of lectures or papers at accredited and registered formal congresses, conferences, educational meetings, seminars, workshops.
- Construction Marketing
A total of 30 CPD hours must be maintained for each CPD cycle in Category A.
Category B and C represents the balance of 40% of the total CPD and it is recommended that activities are split equally between Category B and C. One of the challenges for new entrants and inexperienced practitioners are earning points in Category B.
Category B – Mentorship & Development activities include:
- Mentoring Registered Candidate in Structured Candidacy Programme
- Mentoring Experiential Learner in Work Integrated Learning programme
- Informal Mentoring of Staff on the Job
- Trainer for contractors in construction and project management
- Trainer of community members in construction, project management and community development
- Professional consultancy services provider (to government and private construction companies)
In order to earn CPD hours in Category B, a registered person need to be:
- SACPCMP Registered as a Mentor,
- SETA Registered as a Trainer,
- A CIPC registered Consulting practice, or
- A practitioner with a training responsibility within a company operating within the Built Enviroment.
A total of 10 CPD hours are required in Category B (20%).
Category C – Ongoing Practice activities include:
- Devoting time to imparting knowledge in community development for the public good and promotion of the profession
- Work-based activities such as:
- Council Participation
- Professional activities:
- On the job training
- Unbroken continuous service
- Professional contribution
- Teaching and training work
- Acting as examiner or moderator for accredited relevant exams
A total of 10 CPD hours are required in Category C (20%).
Practitioners to develop own CPD plan
The new CPD policy provides that a registered person must develop his/her own CPD plan to ensure the total CPD hours are logged each year. In this regard it is stressed that over-allocation of points is not advisable. There is no need to perform more than the maximum allowed CPD hours. Should a person earn more than the maximum points per CPD cycle, only 1 CPD point or 10 CPD hours can be carried over to the next cycle.
In preparing a CPD plan care must be taken to to attend 2 or 3 day courses that does not allow for the proper allocation of points.
As example, the Guideline for maximum CPD points in Appendix B of the new CPD policy allows for 6 CPD hours or 0.6 points for attending a course titled Construction Contracts, including FIDC and NEC. This course normally runs over three days and are mostly an overview of the different contracts, their processes and deals with claims and delays. It should allow for 3 CPD points or 24 CPD hours. However, according to Appendix B of the new CPD policy, a person can only claim a maximum of 6 hours or 0.6 points.
By implication it means that the current courses on offer – accredited under the old policy needs to be re-assessed and the CPD points allocated to be reduced and aligned to the new CPD policy.
The Impact of non-compliance
The SACPCMP CPD guidelines for dealing with non-compliant professionals include the following:
- Professionals will be required to follow a remedial programme of CPD compliance within twelve (12) months of the end of the cycle and /or;
- Write an examination, or be interviewed, to demonstrate their skills;
- Failure to comply with (1) and (2) within the CPD cycle (currently 5 years) will result in suspension for a period determined by the SACPCMP pending deregistration;
- Failure to comply at this stage would result in deregistration, i.e. the defaulter will be removed from the database of registered professionals and defaulters’ names will be published in the Government Gazette.
It turns out that the SACPCMP is also planning on keeping an “Incompetence register.”
The new CPD Policy has made CPD a bit easier and afforable for the registered person.
It may however have a negative transitional impact on training providers and could require a re-assessment of current accredited programs.