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Continuous Professional Development

Practitioners who have been certified should develop their personal attributes and skills by:

  • Ensuring that their knowledge of environmental assessment techniques is current best practice;
  • Ensuring that their knowledge of environmental laws, regulations and procedures is current;
  • Undertaking refresher training where necessary; and
  • Ensuring that their experience in the execution of relevant EA work is current and maintained.

All certified individuals are required to keep a log of relevant experience and training, which must either be signed-off by their employer or client, or be substantiated by documentary proof.

Log-sheets must be submitted to the Secretary of the Board on an annual basis at the time of renewal of registration or upon request. These will be assessed on a three yearly basis. Failure to demonstrate sufficient relevant EA work may result in the removal of the individual from the register.

The aim of continuing professional development (CPD) is to ensure that EAPs are suitably informed of trends and developments in environmental assessment, including the legal requirements, policy objectives, EA procedures and tools.

There should be a reporting interval of every 2 years, where certified EAPs will be required to submit a CPD report, setting out their achievements in terms of: conference attendance, presentation of papers, submission of papers to refereed journals, seminar and workshop attendance and course completion.

The appropriate type of CPD per EAP category and a working definition of CPD requirements per EAP category is outlined in the Table below. Note that the number of actions is based on a reporting interval of 2 years.

CPD Requirements to Maintain Registration as an EAP

CPD element EAP Senior EAP Principal EAP
Conferences Attendance at a minimum of 1 conferences in the SADC region Attendance at a minimum of 2 conferences in the SADC region with presentation of a paper at 1 of these Attendance at a minimum of 1 conferences in the SADC region and 1 international conference (outside SADC), with the presentation of a paper at 2 of these.
Courses Attendance at a minimum of 2 EA-related courses run by an accredited institution or person Attendance at a minimum of 1 EA-related course run by an accredited institution or person Presentation of a minimum of 1 accredited EA-related course
Seminars and lectures Workshops Attendance at a minimum of 2 EA-related seminars, lectures or workshops Attendance at a minimum of 2 EA-related seminars, lectures or workshops and presentation of at least 1 seminar, lecture or workshop on an EIA-related topic Attendance at a minimum of 1 EA-related seminar, lecture or workshop and presentation of at least 2 seminars, lectures or workshops on an EIA-related topic
Published N/A Publication of at least 1 paper in a non-refereed journal on an EA-related topic Publication of at least 1 paper in a refereed journal on an EA-related topic and 1 paper in a non-refereed journal on an EA-related topic
Papers   refereed journal on an EA-related topic journal on an EA-related topic and 1 paper in a non-refereed journal on an EA-related topic