Requirements

The HKIE specifies a minimum formal CPD requirement for those at the pre-Corporate Member stage and pre-Associate Member stage, its policy is to strongly encourage CPD thereafter. The CPD record will be taken into account when considering any application for Fellowship.

 

CPD Requirements for Candidates applying to become Corporate Members

Routes CPD Requirement Scope of CPD
Formal Training Route(Scheme "A") A minimum average of 45 hours per year calculated from September 1994 or from the commencing date of Scheme "A", up to the time of Professional Assessment

A minimum of 54 hours during the Scheme "A" training period(*) must include the following areas:

i. Occupational Safety & Health
Minimum 18 hours.
ii. Other Technical Matters not directly related to the trainee's own discipline
(Such as Quality, Environmental, Information Technology, or other technical and related matters)
Minimum 18 hours.
iii. General Professional Matters
(Such as Business Management, Communication, Financial Management, Leadership, Legal aspects, Marketing and other related matters)
Minimum 18 hours.
* Note: No matter if the trainee is on a 2 or 3 years Scheme, the trainee still has to complete this mandatory requirement during the Scheme "A" training period.

CPD to be balanced between matters of Direct Technical interest and those of a General Professional kind.

'In-house' CPD activities should not be greater than 50% of CPD days.
General Experience Route

 

A minimum average of 45 hours per year for the 6 years immediately prior to their application for Professional Assessment.

 

It is desirable to have as much variety as possible and a balance between technical and contractual/professional subjects should be sought.

CPD requirement for Scheme "A" Training would serve as good guidelines on the required scope of CPD.

 

Mature Route

 

A minimum average of 45 hours per year for the 3 years immediately prior to their application for Professional Assessment.

This requirement took effect from 1 January 1999 and to be phased in gradually in a uniformly tapered manner. Applicants who apply from 1 January 2002 are required to fully meet the above requirement.

CPD covers matters of direct technical relevance as well as those of a broader professional nature. For the latter, emphasis could be placed on one or more of the following areas such as management, leadership, financial as well as safety, health and environmental issues.

 

CPD Requirements for Corporate Members (including Fellows)

Class of Members CPD Requirement Scope of CPD
Corporate Members (Including Fellows) A minimum of 30 hours per year on a mandatory basis (Effective since 1 January 2006)

CPD covers matters of direct technical relevance as well as broader studies also of importance to the HKIE members in the furtherance of their careers such as communication, environmental matters, financial management, leadership skills, legal aspects, marketing, occupational safety and health and professional ethics.

Corporate Members are required to undertake, out of the 30 hours per year, at least 5 hours each for two areas of CPD activities, namely "Technical Matters" (TM) and "Broader Areas of Studies" (BAS) .

There will be a transitional period of two years from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018 and will be fully implemented on 1 January 2019.

 

CPD Requirements for Candidates applying to become Associate Members

Routse CPD Requirement Scope of CPD
Formal Training Route A minimum average of 45 hours per year from the commencement date of the training scheme, up to the time of Assessment. CPD should cover subjects with direct technical relevance of the discipline applied for as well as those of a broader professional nature. The minimum requirement for occupational safety & health/ environmental subjects and/or professionalism and ethics should be 6 hours per year.
Normal Route or Mature Route A minimum average of 45 hours per year for the 2 years immediately prior to their applications for Assessment.


Note - In the first year of implementation, i.e. from 1 February 2004 to 31 January 2005, the CPD requirement should be 45 CPD hours for 1 year immediately prior to their application for Assessment.

CPD should cover subjects with direct technical relevance of the discipline applied for as well as those of a broader professional nature. The minimum requirement for occupational safety & health/ environmental subjects and/or professionalism and ethics should be 6 hours per year.

 

CPD Requirements for Associate Members

Class of Members CPD Requirement Scope of CPD
Associate Members A minimum of 30 hours per year on a self-regulatory and voluntary basis starting from 1 February 2004. CPD covers matters of direct technical relevance as well as broader studies also of importance to the HKIE members in the furtherance of their careers such as communication, environmental matters, financial management, leadership skills, legal aspects, marketing, occupational safety and health and professional ethics.

 

One CPD day can be specified as 6 hours. Any claim of CPD activities of more than 6 hours in a calendar day would require approval by the Engineering Supervisor (for Formal Training Route) or the relevant Discipline Advisory Panels (for General Experience or Mature Route).

 

It is not practical for the HKIE to approve CPD activities. Corporate Members and Associate Members themselves must determine whether an activity fits the CPD definition or not in their own particular circumstances. Corporate Members and Associate Members are required to record their CPD hours in a log book and complete a Declaration Form, which will be attached with the membership subscription advice. This is a self-assessment and self-declaration exercise aimed at promoting CPD among Corporate/Associate Members.

 

For the pre-Corporate or pre-Associate Membership stage it is for the Engineering Supervisor (for trainees under Formal Training Route) or a Responsible Person (i.e. "normally an appropriate senior person in the employing organization, preferably a Corporate Member or Associate Member of the HKIE as may be appropriate") to consider whether the activity should be endorsed in the log book as fitting CPD criteria.

The suitability of a CPD activity should be judged in relation to the HKIE definition above.

 

The CPD log book format is intended to be easy to complete. The vertical columns on the activity record sheets are as follows:

a.
Pre-Corporate/Pre-Associate Membership Stage
The far right-hand column is for endorsement by the Engineering Supervisor (for trainees under Formal Training Route) or a Responsible Person who will normally be a senior person in the organization, preferably a Corporate Member or Associate Member of the HKIE as may be appropriate;

 

b.
Throughout the log book in the column headed "Activity" it is intended that the CPD activity title and the major topics covered should be noted;

 

c.
The column headed "Activity Organizer" should give the name of organization providing the activity (e.g. The HKIE)..

 

d.
Postgraduate Degree Programmes are usually not considered as CPD. Nevertheless, Engineers may find some of the modules in the programme are helpful to their professional development and matching the HKIE CPD criteria. In such cases, the Engineers should seek the endorsement of the relevant subjects from their Engineering Supervisor or Responsible Person.

 

Conclusion

The benefits of CPD are not easily quantifiable but none-the-less real. The HKIE CPD policy is based on the conviction that CPD is of value to its members, to the profession, to industry and to society.


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For scope and format of CPD activities please refer to [Introduction] and [CPD Requirement]

 

Note: The above listed activities and information are examples only and should not be considered as an exhaustive list of CPD activities.


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