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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF ENGINEERS

What is the Procedure of CPD for Overseas Pakistani Engineers?

PEC has developed CPD Byelaws-2008 which was effective since July 2010. One of the major constituent of these Byelaws is Engineering Practice Examination (EPE). In phase-I,  Pakistan Engineering Council has devised the examination framework to be held in
Pakistan only;  however in phase-II, we (PEC) planning to make sure the conduct of such exam for the overseas Pakistani in those foreign regions, where we find a reasonable bunch of Registered Engineers (REs), with collaboration of their concerned boards. In Phase-III, we plane to implement it on maximum level.

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?
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 lives.

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.

How CPD is being implemented?
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.

What are CPD Bye-laws?

To read CPD Bye-laws, please Click Here

What is the mechanism for CPD activities in foreign institutions?

The mechanism for recognition/ acceptance of CPD activities acquired by the PEs (Professional Engineers) and Res (Registered Engineers) from foreign institutions/ universities/ professional organizations is based on following criteria;
1.   CPD bodies/ institutions/ universities recognized or registered by the equivalent registration/ licensing bodies like NCESS, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), etc.
2.    CPD activities acquired from the institutions/ universities having accredited engineering programs by equivalent accrediting bodies as FEANI, EC_UK, ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) , BEM or Washington Accord members.
3.    CPD activities acquired from recognized educational institutions/ universities, from the relevant forum (HEC, Education Ministry, etc.)
4.   Established and recognized Professional Bodies like American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), etc.
5.   Established and recognized technical organizations
6.    Distance learning will only be accepted based on defined criteria internationally acceptable.
7.     For engineers acquiring CPD through above said system(s) will deposit Rs 2000/- (Rupees two thousand only) per CPD return plus verification fee, if applicable, as per actual.
8.     The CPD activities would have the same CPD credit points and meaning as given in the CPD Byelaws 2008.

What is Engineering Practice Examination EPE?
For assessment of engineering competence, knowledge and skills of an applicant engineer, the Committee shall hold an examination which may be arranged and conducted through local or foreign services hired or availed for the purpose. The EPE is optional for a registered engineer but is an essential part of assessment for the title of professional engineer.

When a registered engineer has attained a minimum of five years of practical experience in relevant field of engineering from a recognized engineering organization or institution or service and has earned requisite credit points, he shall become eligible to apply for EPE.

What is EPE Mechanism and Eligibility Criteria?

For details of EPE Mechanism please Click Here.
When a registered engineer has attained a minimum of five years of practical experience in relevant field of engineering from a recognized engineering organization or institution or service and has earned requisite credit points, he shall become eligible to apply for EPE on prescribed form given in Annex-B of Part-2 of this Manual.

What is the Format of Engineering Practice Examination?
The format of the EPE shall be as under, namely:-

      I.    The examination shall comprise of three Parts.
Part-1 (2 hours) shall be common to all and Part-II (2 hours) and Part-III (3 hours) shall be discipline-based breadth and depth examinations respectively. Part-II and Part-III shall be based on open book method. Syllabus of each part of EPE, duly amended from time to time, shall be finalized by the Committee.

    II.        Qualifying marks for each Part shall be sixty per cent. Qualifying all three Parts is mandatory;

   III.        The Examination shall be held twice a year and results shall be published through press and the Council’s website; and

  IV.        An application for EPE shall be supported by two professional engineers with minimum fifteen years of professional standing or a professional engineer authorized by the Council. A professional engineer supporting a prospective candidate shall send an independent report to the Committee on Proforma attached with the application form at Annex-B of Part-2 of this Manual.

The Council shall charge such fees as may be specified by it from time to time for CPD and EPE.

What is EPE Curricula and study material?









How to apply for EPE, online?
Click here to download Application Form for EPE (PDF Format)
Click here to download Application Form for EPE (MS-Word Format):

How can I get information about CPD activities by the Professional Bodies or How can I get information about CPD courses and workshops?

In order to see the CPD activity calendar of Professional Bodies for the Year 2012, Please Click Here The detail about the courses, venues, contact information is available on this link.
What are the contact details of CPD Department of PEC?
For further details , contact
Engr. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh
Additional Registrar (CPD)
Ph: (+92) 51-2876702, Fax: (+92) 51 2276224
Engr. Muhammad Sohail
Deputy Registrar (CPD)
Ph: (+92) 51 2870191 Fax: (+92) 51 2276224
Engineering Professional Development Committee (EPDC)
Pakistan Engineering Council
Ataturk Avenue, Sector G-5/2 (East)
Islamabad, PAKISTAN
Ph: (+92) 51 2829296, 2876702, Fax: (+92) 51 2276224

1 comment:

Professional Development said...

There are trade- specific seminars also conducted, to provide professionals with in- depth information on specific professions. Career based programs held by Professional Development institutions are very helpful in deciding the best career option available.