Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates.
Included with this Dec newsletter (Snail mail version only) or arriving separately together with a Calendar etc you should find a CPD Certificate proving your membership for the year. This entitles you to claim one credit on the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) CPD system (Category 3).
Please note that CPD only applies to individual ECSA registered members and not Company, Sponsor or unregistered members. Also note that you are still required to gain credits in Categories 1 and 2.
If the information printed on your CPD Certificate is incomplete or inaccurate, it is because we were not provided with your full and updated information. Our database may therefore not be fully up to date. Information update forms are sent out regularly and were included in a number of Newsletters. They are also available on ECSA's Website https://www.ecsa.co.za
If you need an amended CPD Certificate kindly request it in writing, and supply the full information required.
If you have not received a CPD Certificate, it is probably due to one or more of the following reasons: -
You are not listed as being registered with ECSA or you have not advised us of your ECSA registration and ECSA number.
· Your membership account is in arrears.
With accounts that are due only once a year we find that some members forget to pay, despite reminders in addition to the original invoice. This oversight sometimes happens to busy professionals.
Some members, or their firms pay directly into our bank account, but neglect to include membership numbers on the bank deposits as a reference. This sometimes also happens with company cheques, which we receive with no indication of which member's account is being paid. The bank account statement received from our bank often reflects no traceable details of the payer. The space allocated for this is only large enough for membership numbers, so we request this first followed by last name and initials. This is in preference to names only or telephone numbers. (Telephone numbers, where quoted, often do not include the area code and are thus unusable in trying to trace the member).
The above problems result in us receiving payments but being unable to identify whose account is being paid!
Where we cannot trace the member due to lack of information the payment is lodged in a suspense account.
There may be an error in our system but we will be pleased to amend our records on receipt of documentary proof of payment. If you have any queries please post or fax them to us in writing.
Full instructions requesting a copy of the invoice plus details of membership number and last name and initials are printed in the notes on the invoices. Direct payment and electronic payment details, as well as our bank details, also appear on the back of our invoices. Membership numbers must be quoted as many members have the same last name and initials. A readable copy of the deposit slip / or printout of the electronic transfer must be posted to us to ensure that your account is credited.
We respectfully point out that the responsible person is the member and not this /her employer or firm. As such the onus is on the member to ensure that the annual fee is paid and LEEASA advised. Claims of payment must be accompanied by documentary proof of payment. (Photostats of processed cheques, deposit slips and electronic transfers that indicate the amount paid, the bank account it was paid into and the date of payment is acceptable). Telephone calls and messages stating that the fees were paid are not acceptable. If we react to these our auditors can view this as fraud as no documentary evidence has been provided.
Any payment arrangements the member has with his employer or firm are internal arrangements between the member and employer. We cannot assist if the member has problems with getting the employer to pay.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD). General Details of the Scheme.
After more than three years the process of consultation and debate with stakeholders in the profession, including voluntary associations such as ours, the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) approved a formal system affecting all registered engineering practitioners. This came into affect from 1st January 2006.
CPD may 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 an engineering practitioners career".
The Engineering Profession Act 46 of 2000 requires that registered practitioners have to renew their registration at regular intervals. ECSA decided that the most appropriate way to implement the Act would be to link renewal of registration with CPD.
ECSA has attempted to design a system that is not a millstone around the necks of registered practitioners. A reasonable system of earning points or credits has been devised. This system includes attendance at educational / academic courses as well as work-based activities. The 5 credits per year or 25 credits to be acquired over a 5-year period should be easily achieved with the three categories of CPD. While a minimum of 3 credits must be earned per year, excess credits can be carried over.
A very brief summary of CPD requirements follows;
Category 1 which requires 2 credits per year has proved to be the most difficult and controversial. It is however not difficult to attend 2 accredited Courses / Seminars a year.
Category 2 awards workers 2 credits for just working more than 800 hours a year!
Category 3 awards members of an ECSA recognised Voluntary Association 1 credit for membership.
The above are not the full or detailed requirements or methods of obtaining credits. See previous and future newsletters about CPD courses and news.
While registered persons are required to submit their CPD details annually just before the date on which they were registered, they may prefer to submit their CPD details annually around Dec / Jan as this is when they receive their annual CPD certificates proving membership for the past year from the Chamber. The ECSA form must be obtained from ECSA and not the Chamber of Engineering Technology and Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA.
Please note that completed CPD forms must be sent direct to ECSA and not LEEASA!
ECSA Web Site www.ecsa.co.za