Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development or CPD, is a common tool used across many professions and trades as a means of continually educating and upskilling industry professionals and workers.

CPD ensures that NZIQS members stay current with industry trends, innovation, business operations, information transfer and critical industry issue in a rapidly changing world.

CPD Requirements for NZIQS members

What CPD Activities can I claim?

Formal and Informal CPD

Recording your CPD Online

CPD Audit

Transition for Registered QS

Exemptions

Links to Formal CPD Opportunities

CPD Requirements for NZIQS members

  • MNZIQS, Associate, Fellow and Registered QS members are required to complete CPD annually.
  • A total of 15 hours of CPD is required annually between 1 October and 30 September
  • At least 10 of the 15 hours required must be Formal CPD activities (see below for examples)
  • Members will be selected by a random audit to submit their CPD records for review

What CPD Activities can I claim?

The CPD activities you claim should be relevant to your role and experience. The CPD does not have to be specifically QS related, e.g. if your role is in Project Management, or you wish to develop your skills in that areas, then CPD relating to Project Management learning is acceptable.

The CPD does not have to be delivered only by NZIQS. You can attend CPD events run by other organisations or companies

Formal and Informal CPD

Formal CPD are activities that have structured learning objectives and outcomes, e.g.:

  • NZIQS or other industry bodies’ organised CPD events (webinars or online events, conferences, branch events, site visits)
  • In-house company formal learning and development programme
  • Computer training e.g. excel, Project Management, iTWOCostX, BIM courses
  • Short courses e.g. Engineer to the Contract, NZS3910, Procurement, Cost Planning
  • AIQS Online Academy courses
  • Certification courses e.g. Site Safe passport, Health & safety
  • Business seminars for Directors/Managers e.g. IT, Diversity, Negotiation Skills
  • Formal educational qualifications e.g. postgraduate diploma, Masters

See Links to Formal CPD Opportunities

Informal CPD is any self-managed learning that is relevant to your role, e.g.:

  • Industry related reading e.g. newsletters or online material
  • Research for a new specialised job e.g. CLT, 3D printing
  • Learning on the job for a new task not previously experienced e.g. first bank drawdown, expert witness, Life Cycle costing
  • Professional participation in industry bodies e.g. attending NZIQS AGM, involvement in local committees
  • Presenting at a seminar or guest lecture
  • Preparation for teaching part-time (where teaching is not your main occupation)
  • Research and preparation of a published article, handbook or industry document

Recording your CPD Online

To access your online CPD Record

  • Log onto the NZIQS website
  • Click on your name top right
  • Click “My Membership” to go to the Members Self-Service Portal page
  • Click “My CPD” to view and add to your CPD records

To record CPD

  • All NZIQS events that you attend are automatically added to your online CPD record, so make sure your name is marked off on the attendance list at the event.
  • To add other CPD:
  • Click “Add a Claim”
  • Enter details of CPD - selecting as Formal or Informal CPD
  • You may upload any evidence e.g., course certificate
  • Click Save

Note: if you watch a NZIQS webinar recording you will need to add this manually to your records as only live attendance is automatically recorded.

Annual Cycle Date

All CPD Records are set to an annual cycle date from 1 October – 30 September. You can view previous CPD activity by changing the Filter From date on your CPD Record.

CPD Audit

After 30 September each year, a random audit of member CPD records will be conducted. If you are selected in the random audit, you will be asked to submit your CPD Record within 3 months for review by the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board.

Members are encouraged to take personal responsibility for managing and completing their CPD requirements, whether they are audited or not.

Non-compliance for failure to submit CPD record

  • 1st Instance
    • Member cautioned
    • Automatically included in audit the following year
    • Loss of Registered QS status (if relevant)
  • 2nd instance
    • Further caution and automatically audited the following year
    • List of members who failed to submit for a 2nd instance published in newsletter
  • 3rd Instance
    • Referred to the NZIQS Board for disciplinary action, e.g. downgrade membership, suspension or expulsion

Transition for Registered QS

Registered QS with current CPD accreditation will not be included in the random audit until after their current accreditation expires.

All NZIQS members can obtain CPD accreditation if they wish to enhance their knowledge and professional expertise.

Exemptions

Requests for exemptions or deferment of CPD compliance, e.g. for paternal leave or illness, will be considered on their merits. Send Exemption requests to the Executive Director stating your reasons why you cannot complete your CPD record.

Members on paternal leave or unemployed are encouraged to continue to undertake CPD to keep their knowledge up to date.

Links to Formal CPD Opportunities

NZIQS Events Calendar

NZIQS Webinar Recordings

AIQS Online Academy

NZIOB Events Calendar

NZ Green Building Council

RICS Training & Events

Engineering NZ

Society of Construction Law

AMINZ

Canterbury Safety Charter

ADNZ