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Continuing professional development

Overview

Overview of continuing professional development

Occupational Licence holders, including Building Services Providers, are required to maintain and develop their skills and knowledge through ongoing learning activities, referred to as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The learning may relate to technical and practical skills, business competencies, laws affecting the industry or personal and professional development.

Occupational Licence holders and building services providers are to report their CPD when they apply to renew their licence. This is to demonstrate that they have enough CPD related to their vocation.

A moratorium on compliance action on CPD for a period of up to three years from 1 July 2016 is currently in place in order to allow people to understand the requirements of CPD.

Usually a CPD point equates to one hour of Continuing Professional Development.

Applying for CPD Points:

Complete the Application for CPD Approved Points - Download and fill in the form and then return to CBOS for approval.

Approval of CPD activities, a guide for external providers -  further information on how to complete the Application for CPD Approved Points.

Recording your CPD points:

CPD Record Spreadsheet - Download and fill in as you complete your CPD activities.

If you are an employed practitioner, then the contractor has the responsibility for recording your CPD and you can get a copy to submit with your renewal.  If you are doing CPD outside of your employment, make sure your employer records it or keep your own records to submit with your renewal.

Licence category and required points

Licence category and required points per year

It is up to each Building Services Provider or Occupational Licence holder to decide if a course or activity (workshop, seminar, information session, speaker, toolbox meeting) is of value to his/her business and professional development.

You are to keep a log of your CPD which should be available for audit by CBOS and validate your CPD on your licence renewal application.

When renewing your Building Services Provider or Occupational Licence you will need to report and verify you have accumulated the CPD points required. For example:

  • an Architect, Building services designer or Civil designer requires an average of 20 points per year, which equates to a minimum of 60 points for the 3 year licence period;
  • a Plumbing, Gas-fitting or Electrical practitioner requires an average of 12 points per year, which equates to a minimum of 36 points for their 3 year licence.
Licence category Points required per year
Builder 12
Construction manager 12
Fire protection services builder 12
Demolisher 12
Architect 20
Building surveyor 30
Building surveyor (Limited) 30
Building services designer 20
Engineer 30
Civil designer 20

Practitioner

  • Plumbing
  • Electrician
  • Lineworker
  • Cable jointer
  • Gas-fitting
  • Automotive gas-fitting
12

Certifier

  • Plumbing
  • Gas-fitting
  • Automotive gas-fitting
12

Provisional practitioner

  • Plumbing
  • Electrician
  • Lineworker
  • Cable jointer
  • Gas-fitting
  • Automotive gas-fitting
12
Nominated manager 12
Restricted electrical licence

12

Training, activities and points value

Training, activities and points value

The subject matter of CPD learning and training activities is very broad and includes a variety of:

  • Technical courses - Certificate, Diploma or Degree units including revising and updating
  • Related Technical skills - Update on changes to Australian Standards, emerging technologies, waterproofing, rendering, excavator or trade related up-skilling
  • Business topics - Management, financial planning, strategic planning, succession planning, taxation laws
  • Health and safety issues - OH&S laws, first aid training, focus on a specific risk such as asbestos
  • Personal Development - Leadership, assertiveness, dealing with bullying, communication
Type of CPD activities Points value Notes
Training or Briefing delivered by or on behalf of this office (CBOS) 1 point per hour      

CBOS training or briefings may attract double points if the issues are determined as a priority need

Nationally Accredited Training delivered by an RTO

1 point per nominal hour, as stated in the course or unit of competence or by the RTO (maximum 6 points per day) No further information
Trade Journals (including CBOS Connections) 1 point per Journal (maximum 3 points per year)       No further information
Membership of Professional Organisation or Industry Representative Organisation 1 point per organisation per year (maximum 2 points per year) Employees of contractors, where such employees are registered associate members who receive information and newsletters as though they are full members, may also claim points.
Endorsed On-line courses 1 point per hour/nominal hour

At this stage the endorsed on-line courses are those provided on behalf of the ABCB and CBOS by Pointsbuild and those which are on-line nationally accredited courses.

Approved face to face training provided by Industry Association or Trade Union 1 point per hour (maximum 6 points per day)      

Approval is required prior to delivery of the training.

Approved face to face training provide by employer 1 point per hour (maximum 6 points per day)      

Employers are to seek approval prior to delivery of training.

Workplace Health and Safety training       1 point per hour (maximum 6 points per day - maximum 6 points per year)       Includes Tasmanian WorkSafe Month
Approved Trade EventsPoints allocated at time of approval (maximum 3 points per year)

Organiser of Trade events must seek approval and allocation of points prior to conducting trade event

Approved toolbox meeting

Maximum 3 points per year      To gain CPD, toolbox meetings must include information such as changes to standards, new products and workplace health and safety. Workplace meetings that only include job allocations or administrative matters do not accumulate CPD.
Research to update skills1 point per hour provided you keep a record of the issue researched, the form of the research (e.g. websites visited, journals consulted etc) and the time spent (maximum 4 points per year)No further information

Other Approved Training - 1 Point per hour

1 Point per hour       Provider must seek approval of training prior to delivery
Formal membership briefings by Industry Associations (e.g. quarterly update meetings)       1 point per briefing hour (maximum 4 points per year)No further information

Provider approval process (if required):

  • email cbosinfo@justice.tas.gov.au with details of the event/training (where a calendar of events is being advertised this can be done through approval of the calendar, rather than individually for each event)
  • you will then be contacted with approval and allocation of points
  • provider should then issue certificate of attendance to participants stating the approved points
  • certificates will be checked against approval at time of CPD audits and may be requested to validate CPD point accumulation on Occupational Licence renewal application.

Information for training course providers is available.

Professional Development Activities

Continuing Professional Development Activities

Current Activities provided by or endorsed by Consumer, Building and Occupational Services

The following CPD learning and training activities are available for Practitioners in Tasmania:


New Building Legislation Information Sessions

Tasmania has new building legislation which came into effect on 1 January 2017.

Information sessions on the new legislation have now finished.

Additional sessions and forums will be scheduled in 2017.

If you have missed any training sessions or wish to send an expression of interest for further training please email cbosinfo@justice.tas.gov.au


Scheduled activities and events

Further scheduled activities will be advised, but for ongoing learning scroll down to the Training Sources.

DateLocationAudienceDetailsProvider CPD Points
      

Permit Authority Forum

This activity is an update for Permit Authorities in Tasmania and is conducted by the Director of Building Control. The next forum date is to be advised.


Building Surveyors' (Permit Authority) Forum

This activity is an update for Building Surveyors in Tasmania and is conducted by the Director of Building Control. The next forum date is to be advised.


Plumbing Surveyors' (Permit Authority) Forum

This activity is an update for Plumbing Surveyors and Local Government Staff in Tasmania and is conducted by the Director of Building Control.  The next forum date is to be advised.


Bushfire Training Opportunity

Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) and the University of Technology Sydney run a 5 day Short Course in Development and Building in Bushfire Prone Areas.  Successful completion of this course entitles attendees to be accepted as TFS Provisional Accredited Practitioners for Bushfire Hazard Assessments.  This course is usually delivered once or twice per year alternating between north and south Tasmania.  For details of the next course and other related information visit TFS Building for Bushfire.


The Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Compliance)

The Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Compliance) is a nationally recognised qualification that covers competencies required by those responsible for ensuring statutory compliance with the requirements of legislation, regulations, and government and organisational policy.

The Training Consortium will be offered in 2017 in conjunction with Consumer, Building and Occupational Services of Department of Justice.

The program will be delivered by CIT Solutions, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with authority to deliver and accredit the qualification.

To express your interest in this course, please contact Summa McIntyre on 6232 7511 or email Summa.McIntyre@dpac.tas.gov.au.


National Construction Code 2016

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a series of webcast clips on the National Construction Code 2016.  The seminars give an overview of the NCC 2016 amendments. Changes to Australian Standards referenced in the NCC 2016 are also presented by Standards Australia. The ABCB has based the webcast clips on information seminars delivered in all capital cities in February and March 2016.

Download a free copy of the NCC 2016.  NOTE: you may need to Reset Your Password to access the current version of the NCC for the 2016 adoption period.


ABCB Endorsed National Construction Code Online Training

Working with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), Pointsbuild is proud to offer a range of online training courses on the National Construction Code (NCC), specifically designed for the Australian building and construction industry.

This training is available to purchase and attracts CPD points.  To find out how to access the training visit Pointsbuild.

The NCC online courses are delivered on a range of subjects:

  1. Application of the National Construction Code
  2. The NCC Energy Efficiency Provisions
  3. The NCC Access Provisions
  4. The Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA).

The courses will enable building professionals from all backgrounds and perspectives to improve their core skills and technical knowledge in the National Construction Code.


External Providers of training or Education for the Building Industry

Master Builders Association NSW

Master Builders Association NSW hereby provide permission for Consumer, Building and Occupational Services to reproduce and distribute waterproofing course resource material. These resources remain the property of Master Builders NSW Training and must not be altered or relied upon as sole reference material. BCA and Australian Standards remain the authoritative reference documents. Delivery of any training sessions, using these resources, must be from an approved MBA NSW trainer.


Training sources

The listing of sources of training below is not exhaustive. It is provided as an information service for building practitioners and it is up to individual practitioners to decide which providers of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will best meet their needs. Many providers give both online/distance and face-to-face training.

An * indicates that ONLINE or DISTANCE TRAINING is available.

Training source A - B Training source C - H
Training source I - S Training source T - Z

Information for course providers

Information for course providers

Approval of CPD points for external courses and events

Before CPD points can be awarded, the Administrator of Occupational Licensing must approve external courses and events to ensure the integrity and usefulness of what is being offered.  Approval is based on but not limited to:

  • content;
  • learning outcomes;
  • activity alignment with departmental objectives for CPD, as set by the Administrator (if applicable); and
  • duration of the course (e.g. how long it will take a person to complete the course).

You can find more details about how to apply for approval of your CPD activity in Approval for CPD activities - A guide for external providers (pdf, 1.2 MB)

CPD approved training courses for builders

Continuing Professional Development for Builders

The following is a list of Continuing Professional Development training events and courses for builders approved by the Administrator, Occupational Licensing.

Training eventDateTimeLocationProvider CPD points
First Aid (HLTAID003)6 - 7 February 2018

4.30pm - 8.00pm

30 Burnett Street, North Hobart

Surf Life Savings Tasmania

For further information and to register please go to the HIA website

6
Waterproofing - Wet Areas24 April 20185.00pm - 9.00pm30 Burnett Street, North Hobart

HIA

For further information and to register please go to the HIA Website.

4
Waterproofing - Wet Areas1 May 20184.00pm - 8.00pm

Bass & Flinders Motor Inn, 49-51 Eastland Drive, Ulverstone

HIA

For further information and to register please go to the HIA Website.

4
First Aid (HLTAID003)11 -12 July 2018

4.30pm - 8.00pm

2/167 Westbury Road, Prospect

Surf Life Savings Tasmania

For further information and to register please go to the HIA Website

6
Waterproofing  - Wet Area Inspections and Defects1 August 20185.00pm - 9.00pm2/167 Westbury Road, Prospect

HIA

For further information and to register please go to the HIA Website.

4
First Aid (HLTAID003) 13 - 14 August 2018

4.30pm - 8.00pm

30 Burnett Street, North Hobart

Surf Life Savings Tasmania

For further information and to register please go to the HIA Website

6
First Aid (HLTAID003) 18 -19 September 2018

4.30pm - 8.00pm

Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club, Beach Road, Ulverstone

Surf Life Savings Tasmania

For further information and to register please go to the HIA Website

6
Waterproofing - Wet Areas2 October 20185.00pm - 9.00pm2/167 Westbury Road, Prospect

HIA

For further information and to register please go to the HIA Website

4
Better Work Tas - Networking SessionsOngoing2 - 2.5hrsOnline and In-house

Worksafe Tas (BWT)

For further information please contact 1300 366 322

2
Training courseDateTimeLocationProviderCPD points
Planning your Business and WorkOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Programming and Report WritingOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Communication and Customer ServiceOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
Negotiation, Conflicts and DisputesOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
Introduction to ContractsOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
Contract types, Documentation and AdministrationOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
Sustainability and the GovernmentOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Sustainability Building DesignOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Energy and Water ManagementOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Compliance and LegislationOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Five key areas of ConstructionOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Safety Documents and Common WHS IssuesOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
A Guide to Effective Window Design and PerformanceOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
A Guide to Compliance, Legislation and InstallationOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3

CPD approved training courses for electricians

Continuing Professional Development for Electricians

The following is a list of Continuing Professional Development training events and courses for electricians approved by the Administrator, Occupational Licensing.

Training eventDateTimeLocationProvider CPD

Electronic Motor Starting - 'Do I use a Soft Starter or a VSD?'

6 February 2018

Session 1: 1.30pm-3.30pm

or

Session 2: 5pm-7pm

Cromarty Office

86 Charles Street, Moonah

Cromarty

Places are limited, so to ensure a place and for further information, please contact Cromarty on 1300 365 136 or email: info@cromarty.com.au

2
Electronic Motor Starting - 'Do I use a Soft Starter or a VSD?'

7 February 2018

Session 1: 1.30pm-3.30pm

or

Session 2: 5pm-7pm

Cromarty Office

79 Howick Street, South Launceston

Cromarty

Places are limited, so to ensure a place and for further information, please contact Cromarty on 1300 365 136 or email: info@cromarty.com.au

2
Electronic Motor Starting - 'Do I use a Soft Starter or a VSD?'

8 February 2018

Session 1: 1.30pm-3.30pm

or

Session 2: 5pm-7pm

Cromarty Office

83 Don Road, Devonport

Cromarty

Places are limited, so to ensure a place and for further information, please contact Cromarty on 1300 365 136 or email: info@cromarty.com.au

2
AS/NZS 4024.1 - Machine Safety Seminar1 March 20188.30am - 5.00pmDevonport - Venue to be advised

SICK - Sensor Intelligence

To ensure a place and for further information, please go to the webpage above

3
Better Work Tas Networking SessionsOngoing2-2.5hrsOnline and In-house

WorkSafe Tas (BWT)

For further information please contact 1300 366 322

2
Training course DateTimeLocationProviderCPD points

Sonnen Eco8 Installation

(To be re-scheduled to a later time)

POSTPONED

5.5hrsOnline and 221 Main Road, Derwent ParkTas Renewable Energy Alliance Inc4

Compliance requirements to all aspects of electrical work UEENEEG19

OnlineOnlineOnline

TasTAFE

For further information or to register go to the course page above

20
Planning your Business and WorkOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Programming and Report WritingOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Communication and Customer ServiceOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
Negotiation, Conflicts and DisputesOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
Introduction to ContractsOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
Contract Types, Documentation and AdministrationOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3
Sustainability and the GovernmentOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Compliance and LegislationOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4
Safety Documents and Common WHS IssuesOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4

CPD approved training courses for plumbers

Continuing Professional Development for Plumbers

The following is a list of Continuing Professional Development training events and courses for plumbers approved by the Administrator, Occupational Licensing

Training eventDateTimeLocationProvider CPD PointsAdditional Information
Better Work Tas - Networking SessionsOngoing2-2.5hrsOnline & in- house

WorkSafe Tas (BWT)

For further information please contact on 1300 366 322

2

 
Training courseDateTimeLocationProviderCPD PointsAdditional information
Grundfos Pumps Australia CourseOnlineOnlineOnline

Grundfos Pumps

2Completion of all 6 units
Design & Size Heated & Cold Water Services & Systemssee TasTAFEsee TasTAFE see TasTAFETasTAFE1214 x 3 hour night classes
WHS & Risk Assessment BSBOHS403B CPCPCM4011Asee TasTAFEsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFETasTAFE123 day course
Design & Size Sanitary Drainage Systems CPCPDR4011Bsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFETasTAFE123 day course
Design & Size Domestic Treatment Plant Disposal Systems CPCPDR4013Bsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFETasTAFE126 x 3 hour night classes
Design & Size Stormwater Drainage Systems CPCPDR4012Bsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFETasTAFE1210 x 3 hour night classes
Commission & Maintain Backflow Prevention Devices CPCPWT4022Asee TasTAFEsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFETasTAFE123 day course
Commission & Maintain Hot & Heated Water Temp Control Devices CPCPWT4023Asee TasTAFEsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFETasTAFE101.5 day course
Design & Size Sanitary Plumbing Systems CPCPSN4011Bsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFETasTAFE1215 x 3 hour night classes
Design & Size Roof Drainage Systems CPCPRF4011Bsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFEsee TasTAFETasTAFE1210 x 3 hour night classes
Planning your Business and WorkOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4 
Programming and Report WritingOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4 
Communication and Customer ServiceOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3 
Negotiation, Conflicts and DisputesOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3 
Introduction to ContractsOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3 
Contract Types, Documentation and AdministrationOnline3 hoursABE EducationABE Education3 
Sustainability and the GovernmentOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4 
Energy and Water ManagementOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4 
Compliance and LegislationOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4 
Safety Documents and Common WHS IssuesOnline4 hoursABE EducationABE Education4

CPD approved training courses for gas-fitters

Continuing Professional Development for Gas fitters

The following is a list of Continuing Professional Development training events and courses for gas-fitters approved by the Administrator, Occupational Licensing

Training eventDateTimeLocationProvider CPD Points
Gas-Fitters Forum - Safely working adjacent to buried gas infrastructure and other gas fitting topics22 February 20181pm - 5pmRotary Pavilion  2-8 Alveston Drive, Deloraine

CBOS & Tas Gas Networks

You will need to register for this session as places are limited.

There is no charge to attend this session.

For further information please contact Kate Nielsen.

6
Gas-Fitters Forum - Safely working adjacent to buried gas infrastructure and other gas fitting topics8 March 20181pm - 5pmDerwent Entertainment Centre (Large Seminar Room) 601 Brooker Highway, Glenorchy

CBOS & Tas Gas Networks

You will need to register for this session as places are limited

There is no charge to attend this session.

For further information please contact Kate Nielsen.

6
Training courseDateTimeLocationProvider CPD Points
Better Work Tas - Networking SessionsOngoing2-2.5hrsOnline and in house

WorkSafe Tas (BWT)

For further information call on 1300 366 322

2
Enter and Working in a confined spaceAs requested1 or 2 day coursesTo be advised

RIS Safety

For further details please contact RIS Height Safety and Access Solutions

6
Safe Working at Heights for resource and infrastructure sectorsAs requested1 dayTo be advised

RIS Safety

For further details please contact RIS Height Safety and Access Solutions

6

Nationally accredited courses

Nationally accredited training courses

Nationally accredited training run by an Registered Training Organisation has a 1 point CPD allocation per nominal hour (max 6 points per day). Please refer to the Approval for CPD activities - A guide for external providers(pdf, 1.2 MB).

Important

Courses must be relevant to the trade and practitioners should ensure that they receive a balance of safety and technical training.