Why CPD?

The Plumbing Industry Registraon Board (PIRB) which is the SAQA registered Professional Body for plumbing in terms of the Naonal Qualificaons Framework is responsible for Connual DEVELOPMENT of registered individuals

CPD Categories

CPD credits can be obtained within each of the following categories.

Category 1: Developmental Activities:  Structured educational and developmental meetings, seminars, workshops and training programs.

Category 2: Work-based Activities:  Any work-based related plumbing activities. Learner mentorship and issuing of plumbing cerficates of compliance (CoC).

Category 3: Individual Activities:  Activities under taken by the each relevant individual serving on a voluntary associaon related to the plumbing, writing a technical article and or part-time lecturing or training.

CPD Credits cannot be obtained from just one category of activities. CPD credits must at least be obtained from two of the three categories, with at least 50% of the required credits per annum being obtained from Category 1.

What is IOPSA involvement in CPD?

IOPSA has been contracted to implement category 1 CPD workshop acvies by PIRB, which means IOPSA can accredit industry workshops and allocate points in line with the professional body policy on CPD.

What is required of a PIRB plumber?

As a PIRB registered plumber you are required to achieve 25 points for a 12 month cycle. These points will need to be obtained from at least 2 categories.

Phase in of CPD:  For the first 12 month cycle PIRB registered plumber will only be required to achieve 15 points, from any category.

Submission of CPD points

All CPD points will be allocated to an individual once they have submitted a PIRB points request form for each activity.

Attendance registers will also be kept by activity providers and submitted as confirmation of attendance.

Owner or mentor to keep a log book of learners going through a company mentorship program.

Submissions to be made to PIRB office by means of post or email.

Individuals to ensure they have submitted all evidence of activities 30 days prior to renewal of their PIRB registraon cycle.

Always keep copies of the activities you have attended for a minimum period of 2 years.

Structured/Active Learning

CPD structured / active learning involves interactive and participation-based study. It is typically proactive and can include attending a training course, conference, workshop, seminar, lecture, e-learning course or CPD certified event. CPD active learning also applies to when professionals take career orientated exams and assessments (the study and revision would be considered self-directed learning, see Self-Directed Learning).

Reflective Learning

Reflective learning involves no participant-based interaction, so this form of CPD is much more passive and one directional. Examples of this include reading relevant news articles, podcasts & case studies and industry updates. Some informal meetings can be applicable to CPD reflective learning, but the learning objectives of these meetings must be made clear in an individual’s overall CPD plan.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-directed learning involves all unaccompanied CPD activities. It covers the reading of documents, articles and publications; either in print or online. Reading relevant publications, books by leading experts, industry journals and trade magazines are all types of self-directed CPD. You could also include industry-specific news feeds or research into relevant fields.

What is accredited CPD Training?

Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required CPD standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD standards.

What’s the benefit?

CPD is essential in helping individuals, organisations or entire industries to keep skills and knowledge up to date. Providing CPD enables organisations to become a knowledge bank to key stakeholders of your organisation. CPD accredited training courses, workshops and events allow professionals to use the learning time towards individual CPD requirements.

For Individuals

CPD helps individuals to regularly focus on how they can become a more competent and effective professional. Training and learning increases confidence and overall capability, and compliments career aspirations.

CPD enables individuals to adapt positively to changes in work/industry requirements. Planning CPD helps to be more efficient with time, and recording CPD properly provides evidence of professional development (this can be useful for supervision and appraisals).

CPD shows a clear commitment to self development and professionalism. CPD provides an opportunity for an individual to identify knowledge gaps and to resolve these in a recognisable approach to improvement.

Accredited CPD Providers should make available to individuals a Certificate of Attendance to attach to their CPD log as evidence of development once training is complete or the desired standards of learning have been met.

For Organisations

Providing CPD accredited learning benefits your organisation through recognition and increased brand perception. Internal use of CPD encourages and promotes a healthy learning culture for your organisation, leading to a more fulfilled workforce and retaining valuable staff.

Many organisations have staff with CPD obligations as members of professional bodies. In circumstances where internal CPD training resources are low, organisations use outsourced CPD training providers to meet staff requirements.

Outsourced CPD providers are typically training companies, online learning resources, events & conference organisers. They are experts in their field and provide practical learning opportunities through CPD events, seminars and accredited CPD courses. Some CPD courses are just 1 or 2 hours long, delivered in a seminar or classroom-style environment. Other accredited CPD courses can be a full 6-10 weeks online CPD course, split into bite-size monthly modules.

Further Explanation of CPD

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.

CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programs, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development. There are over 1000 institutes & professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.

Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff, and develop the skills & knowledge in their organisations to maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.

Engaging in CPD activities ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.

Who Benefits?

Individuals benefit from up skilling, growth and dignity of being a PROFESSIONAL plumber!

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other trade in the world.’

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