What is CPD
Continual Professional Development (CPD) can be defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout a person’s plumbing career.
Who needs to have CPD points
Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) is an accredited Professional Body through SAQA. This means that all Qualified Plumbers must be registered with PIRB. As required by SAQA all professional bodies must continually develop individuals registered through CPD activities. Qualified plumbers that register with PIRB are referred to as licensed plumbers. All licensed plumbers require CPD points to maintain annual registration.
Persons who applied for this category of registration has passed the relevant plumber trade test as specified in the Manpower training act section 28 or 13 and/or have obtained a plumbing qualification in terms of the Skills Development Act. Persons applied for this category of registration has written and passed the PIRB's Licensed Plumber and is required to have the relevant insurance in place. Only Licensed Plumbers have the right to purchase and issue Plumbing Certificates of Compliance.
How to get CPD points
There are three main areas of activity that you can undertake to obtain your CPD credits from:
Category 1: Developmental Activities:
Development CPD Activities are related to a structured educational and developmental meetings, seminars, and training programmes.
Category 2: Work-based Activities:
Work-based CPD Activities are related to any work-based related plumbing activities. These activities may include, but not be limited to, learner mentorship programmes and issuing of plumbing certificates of compliance.
Category 3: Individual Activities:
As the name implies, individual CPD Activities are related to activities undertaken by each relevant individual. These activities may include, but not be limited to, serving on a voluntary association related to the plumbing and/or building industry, writing a technical article, and/or part-time lecturing/training.
All activities must be approved and accredited by the PIRB before a CPD credit(s) may be allocated to the relevant activities and be awarded to the relevant registered person.