OACETT’s mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is ongoing learning that allows professionals to keep their knowledge and skills current and relevant in today’s evolving work world. It provides a framework for certified members to guide their professional development choices.
OACETT’s CPD Program also provides direction to OACETT members as they invest in their careers to own their professional futures. Lifelong learning is a cornerstone of today’s work life. With workplace change coming from all sides, we need to build and maintain the knowledge and skills to enable us to navigate this change successfully. In engineering technology and applied science, we need to ensure that we stay current with the rapidly changing technologies of our profession. We also need to maintain the soft skills needed to interact and communicate effectively with our clients, employers, government, and public.
OACETT members are required by policy and by the Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct to participate in OACETT’s CPD Program. This program is a requirement to maintain membership. It applies to all Certified OACETT members, including Life and Fellow OACETT members and Associate members outside their 3 or 6-year certification timeline. Please refer to the certification timelines for further information.
The CPD program places members into a three-year cycle. Cycles always begin on January 1st and always end on December 31st three years later. This means you have three years to complete the required courses or activities to maintain your certification. CPD Audits are conducted each year for the previous three-year cycle of a random selection of members. To check the dates of your CPD cycle, log into the portal and click on CPD in the main menu.
To comply with the program, you must complete four CPD approved or CPD eligible activities, see activity categories listed below, in every three-year cycle. These four activities must fall into one of the following three scenarios.
Please note: You do not need one activity from each category. However, you do require four activities in total. One activity must be in either ‘Contributions to Technical Knowledge’ or ‘Management or Leadership Training’. The remaining three may be from any categories in any combination. For example, it is perfectly acceptable to take all four activities in ‘Contributions to Technical Knowledge’ or 'Management or Leadership Training.
All activities from Category 1: Contributions to Technical Knowledge.
All activities from Category 2: Management or Leadership Training.
Minimum of one activitiy from either Category 1: Contributions to Technical Knowledge or Category 2: Management or Leadership Training AND remaining activities from your choice of Category 3: Contributions to the Profession or Category 4: Peer and Professional Interaction.
Yes, informal activity hours may be counted cumulatively in order to reach the six hour minimum requirement. Each contributing piece must be at least one hour in length. Activities shorter than one hour will not be counted.