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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Number of hours required
Your registration and endorsement, if applicable, will expire three years from the date it was granted by the BLA.
To be eligible to renew your registration and endorsement, you must have completed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) during the past three years.
The CPD requirement is:
- a practising professional engineer working full time – 150 hours
- a practising professional engineer working part-time or who took a career break – 90 hours
- a non-practising professional engineer – 90 hours
- a professional engineer who transferred between practising and non-practising or vice versa – pro-rata based on the time working as a registered practising professional engineer and the time registered as a non-practising professional engineer.
For example, you work for two years as a practising professional engineer – pro-rata this would be 100 hours of CPD – plus one year registered as a non-practising professional engineer – pro-rata this would be 30 hours – totalling 130 hours of completed CPD to be eligible for renewal.
A career break is a period of a minimum of three months over the last three years during which you do not work as a professional engineer. For example, due to illness, travel, parental or carers leave, sporting commitments, cultural or ceremonial commitments, broadening knowledge and skill or unemployment.
You do not need to complete CPD to renew your registration if:
- you are registered as a professional engineer in another Australian state or territory, or New Zealand, and
- that jurisdiction requires you to complete an equivalent amount of CPD to Victoria.
CPD areas and activities
These are the areas where CPD is required and the activities that you can undertake to complete your CPD to renew your registration.
|Areas and activities
|Areas of CPD training
- At least 33 per cent of CPD hours must relate to technical matters relevant to the area/s of engineering in which the applicant is registered.
- The remaining CPD should be in related areas, for example, project management, ethics and law, risk management, communication, health and safety programs, occupational health and safety training and mentoring junior engineers.
|Types of CPD activity
|(i) Formal post-graduate study or tertiary course units whether or not undertaken for award purposes – no limit.
(ii) Short courses, workshops, webinars, seminars and discussion groups, conferences, technical inspections and meetings – no limit.
(iii) Learning activities in the workplace that extend competence in the regulated or a related area/s of engineering – maximum 75 hours.
(iv) Research which extends knowledge and skills – maximum 57 hours.
(v) Private study (engineering journals and magazines) which extend knowledge and skills – maximum 18 hours.
(vi) Service to the engineering profession (volunteer work, mentoring) – maximum 50 hours.
(vii) Publishing of articles in technical forums and preparation and presentation of papers for courses, conferences, seminars, etc - maximum 45 hours per paper or 75 hours per paper for papers subject to critical peer review before publication.
(viii) Professional engineers employed in tertiary teaching or academic research and registered as ‘practising’ – minimum of 40 hours of industry involvement in any three-year period.
For further details of the CPD requirements under an assessment scheme, view Public record of approved assessment entities.
You are ineligible to renew your registration if you are:
- disqualified from registration or have had your registration cancelled in Victoria or another state or territory
- a represented person under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986, or
- not a fit and proper person to provide professional engineering services.
To decide whether you are a fit and proper person to provide professional engineering services in an area of engineering, the BLA may take into account whether you:
- have been convicted or found guilty in Victoria or elsewhere in the last 10 years of an indictable offence or an offence under a state, territory or Commonwealth law regulating the provision of professional engineering services
- have been suspended under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 or Commonwealth, state or territory law, and the reasons for that suspension, and
- are or have been insolvent under administration or the officer of an externally administered company under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001, and
- have failed to comply with an order of a Victorian, Commonwealth, state or territory court or tribunal.
180 days before the expiry date of your registration, we will send you an ‘upcoming renewal advice’ notification via your myCAV account. You will receive an email to advise that you have a notification in myCAV.
90 days before the expiry date, we will send you a myCAV notification inviting you to lodge a renewal application via myCAV.
When you receive this notification, you should lodge your renewal application in myCAV as soon as possible.
We will also send reminder notifications via myCAV and SMS both 45 days and 14 days before the expiry date.
It is your responsibility to inform the BLA if you do not receive these notifications and reminders.
How to apply for renewal
You must use myCAV to renew your registration. For more information, view About myCAV – Registration and licensing.
Create or sign-in to your myCAV account
Lodging your renewal application does not guarantee that your registration sand endorsement, if applicable, will be renewed. The BLA will need sufficient time to conduct probity assessments as required by law before it can decide whether to renew a registration and endorsement.
You must submit a consent form and certified copies of the required identity documents, including at least one document containing your certified photograph, as part of your application.
The correct documents, properly certified, will help your application avoid delays.
The BLA will conduct checks with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and other agencies to verify your eligibility to be registered. Any disputes about the accuracy of the results of the checks will be referred to ACIC. Visit Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
These fees apply from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
- Registration renewal (for 3 years) – practising professional engineer - $560.90
- Registration renewal (for 3 years) – non-practising professional engineer - $181.80
- Endorsement renewal (for 3 years) - $221.70
The fees must be paid at the time of application. The fees are the same if you apply for renewal in one area of engineering or multiple areas of engineering.
The fees are for renewal for a period of three years.
Refusal of renewal
If your application to renew your registration or endorsement, if applicable, is refused, we will send you a refusal letter, which includes details of the grounds of refusal, via ‘myCAV notifications’.
You may be entitled to a partial refund of your registration renewal fees. Contact the BLA for further information.
You can appeal the decision by applying to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (link) within 28 days of the decision.
It is an offence under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 to provide professional engineering services while unregistered and unendorsed, if applicable. Significant penalties apply, view Penalties.