The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme is affiliated to the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town. A team of dedicated staff organise short courses, workshops and small conferences, which provide a means for the ongoing education of professionals and technical staff, outside of the formal academic courses offered at UCT for degree purposes.
Although many of the courses are specifically designed for professionals, students and the general public will greatly benefit from attending many of the CPD courses. Generally there are no formal academic qualification entrance requirements to CPD courses. In some cases, some prerequisite knowledge may be required. A certificate of attendance or of successful completion (where an examination is passed) is normally issued.
Some courses may be undertaken outside of normal working hours, while others may require attendance for a number of days on a full time basis. Courses may also be run on an in-house basis for companies, if requested.
In terms of the agreements between the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and other international engineering bodies, South African registered professionals will be obliged to keep abreast of developments and knowledge in their fields of expertise in order to maintain and demonstrate their competence. As from January 2006, all ECSA registered persons are required to undertake and record CPD activities as a prerequisite to renewal of their professional registration.
The CPD unit at the University of Cape Town is accredited to run courses that will be acknowledged for obtaining CPD credits. The lecturers involved in the programmes are all experts in their fields.