Achieving your CPD requirements

CPD requirements are very flexible.  There is a wide range of approved learning activities to assist you with the minimum CPD you must do each year.

CBOS has provided a CPD events calendar, a list of ongoing CPD training and list of additional training resources to help avoid any activities not approved.

Examples of approved activities can include:

  • trade events designed to update you on new technologies or new methods of work
  • conferences - industry specific
  • forums or workshops
  • face-to-face classroom style events
  • online/e-learning programs
  • webinars
  • tool box meetings which include skills updates
  • journals

CBOS requires all proposed CPD training or activities be submitted for approval and/or notification.

We also recognise that for some there may be difficulties in attending the traditional face-to-face courses. To help overcome this, e-learning/online programs are available for licence holders through Government Bodies, Registered Training Organisations, Unions or Industry.

The minimum amount of CPD you do is indicated by ‘points’ – points are broadly equals hours, so 12 points is generally 12 hours.  But it is possible for the Administrator to allocate extra points for high value activities. For instance if the Wiring Rules are changed then attending an activity to find out about these new rules would be considered a high value activity and attract extra points.

When completing CPD it is important to keep a record or log of the training completed each year.

If you are a sole practitioner, it’s your responsibility to organise and record your CPD.

If you work for somebody else, the responsibility is shared by you and your employer. Your employer must also keep CPD records and should make them available to you if you leave their employment.

The Occupational Licensing Act 2005 makes both practitioners and contractors responsible for ensuring work is carried out competently.  If there is a defect, it is the contractor who must make sure it is fixed. This means the contractor/employer has a responsibility to ensure that their employees are competent and have the necessary skills required to carry out their job.

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Updated: 17 Jan 2023

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