According to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Standard Glossary of Terms Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is defined as, “a range of learning activities through which professionals ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally within their scope of practice.”
The concept of CPD ascribes to the notion of lifelong learning, as put forward by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the National Skills Development Strategy. According to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Standard Glossary of Terms lifelong learning is defined as, “Learning that takes place in all contexts in life – formally, non-formally and informally. It includes learning behaviours and obtaining knowledge; understanding; attitudes; values and competencies for personal growth, social and economic well-being, democratic citizenship, cultural identity, and employability”.
It is compulsory for all registered professionals to undergo CPD for a CPD period determined by the SACPCM and as specified in this policy on Continuing Professional Development. Failure to comply with this may result in deregistration. However, CPD should be self-motivated as suggested by the Council for the Built Environment (CBE). The CBE Policy Framework on Continuing Professional Developments states that, “personal effort should drive professionals towards gaining academic and professional skills, competence and personal development”.