Introduction to CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
In a rapidly changing world where legislative, social and economic developments
directly affect the environment in which we live and work, and where technological
advancements provide radically different ways of working, Continuing Professional
Development (CPD) provides a means whereby we can keep abreast of these changes,
broaden our skills and be more effective in our professional work.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
is the means by which members of professional bodies maintain, improve and broaden
their knowledge and skills for developing personal qualities required in their professional
Pakistan Engineering Council under its Act has mandate for introducing and ensuring
continued professional development activities amongst its growing community of engineers
and has devised a comprehensive framework titled Professional Development of Engineers (Bye Laws – 2008) approved by the Government of Pakistan.
The main objective is to develop competence and ability of engineers for the application
of theoretical knowledge to practical situations and to evolve innovative solutions
to real life problems while adhering to professional ethics and acquisition of a
broader understating of their obligations to society.
Strategy/ Plan for Professional Development Activities
As per provisions of CPD Byelaws, from July 2010 onwards, most of Continuing Professional
Development activities (courses, training workshops, etc.) may be undertaken by
the Professional Engineering Bodies registered with PEC as per provision of Section
16 of PDE Bye-Laws 2008. Until the SRO becomes effective in July 2010, PEC will
continue conducting CPD activities/ courses without any credit points. However,
after July 2010 onwards, CPD activities may be undertaken by PEC in view of need/
availability of resource person(s) on a particular subject/field.
PEC will continue charging nominal course fee per participant. However, PEBs imparting
CPD activities will decide fee on the basis of course type and efforts should be
made to charge the fee as minimum as possible. The courses/ CPD activities will
be planned by the PEBs according to the specified criteria and guidelines (Section
16 of Bye-Laws). Such bodies will also provide schedule of courses and share verified
list of participants with PEC to maintain transparent record of CPD activities and
points for all the registered/ professional engineers. PEC Regional Offices will
play role of facilitator for the professional bodies in organizing CPD activities.