CPEng and CPD

"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect."

Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London, c. 1930s

Although this quote was first uttered almost a century ago, when aviation was in its infancy and space flight was the province of dreamers, it is just as relevant today as it was then. As a learned Society, the RAeS encourages its members of all grades to keep learning; in other words to be professionals at what they do so that “carelessness, incapacity, and neglect” are not our companions. The Society offer its members the opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD), and recognition of professional achievement in the aerospace industry by awarding progress through the different grades of membership.

Continuing professional development is the cornerstone of your life as a professional in aviation and space. Take advantage of the opportunities available to you a member of the RAeS.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities

RAeS Australia Division provides CPD activities in all Branch locations throughout Australia. This includes monthly presentations and site visits. For a list of activities in your area, see the events page. These activities are recognised by both Engineers Australia and RAeS as valid CPD for assessment purposes.

CPEng Points System

Engineers Australia requires that Chartered Professional Engineers and those aspiring to that status, demonstrate 150 hours of CPD in each three years (an average of 50 hours per year). CPD includes attendance at technical lectures, conferences and site visits, as well as personal research and professional study.

It is important to keep an up to date log of CPD activities, as this will be reviewed and audited from time to time once Chartered Professional Engineer status is achieved. An example log is available at (CPD log web link), or an on-line log can be kept at the Engineers Australia web page.

For further details refer to the Engineers Australia site on CPD.

Recruitment of Reviewers for CPEng Assessment

RAeS can only fulfil its obligations under the agreements with Engineers Australia if volunteer members of RAeS are prepared to participate in professional interviews of CPEng candidates. Such volunteers need to have attained and retained either CPEng or CEng status. RAeS maintains a register of volunteers, and to put your name forward please contact the Australian Division.