What is CPD?

The Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program is a compulsory requirement for all undergraduate Engineering students at Monash Clayton.

It’s an online collection of all work, volunteering, and personal and professional development opportunities you experience throughout your time studying Engineering at Monash University.

The online platform where you record your CPD activities is the Student Futures website.

What are the benefits of CPD?

Evidence of having previously undertaken activities that provide you with well-developed personal and professional skills, as well as prior and existing work or volunteer experience, are all highly sought-after attributes in the professional world.

Ensuring that your life outside the Monash classroom is rich with a diverse range of activities and extracurricular involvement will help you develop these skills and experiences.

At the conclusion of your course, your CPD Completion Certificate will make an impressive addition to your CV, and will provide you with an invaluable resource for revising your own previous professional development experiences.

Most importantly, completing your CPD will mean that you’re seen as ‘competent’ by Engineers Australia, which means you can work as a certified Engineer in Australia and many other countries around the world.

How many CPD hours do I need?

You must complete a minimum of 420 hours CPD. Students who had already commenced their course when CPD was introduced have been given a pro-rata amount of hours to complete.

What activities count toward CPD?

Any activity (almost without exception) that has provided you with skills and experience that you can justify (in your written reflections) and has resulted in you developing one or more of the nine professional skills listed in Student Futures counts as a CPD activity.

It is important for you to understand that we do not confirm or reject any CPD activity; you have to explain how attending that activity developed (or further developed) whichever skills you’re talking about. If you can explain how you exercised those skills in that activity when you write your reflections, then you’ll have satisfied the CPD ‘eligibility’ requirement and submitted a valid CPD activity.

Engineering-related activities are those that include some element of Engineering; whether it be because the activity was held in an Engineering firm, or was hosted by a Monash Engineering Club, or because it involved networking with Engineering industry professionals. Non-Engineering-related activities are those that do not include the Engineering industry in any way.

If you are unsure as to whether or not an activity you completed was engineering-based, then it probably wasn’t. You’re the best person to say whether or not your experience was Engineering-based, because it was your experience.

Although the best way to gain business skills and professional knowledge for CPD is through work experience (which must be supervised by the host organisation) at an Engineering-related company, we understand this isn’t always possible. For this reason, we allow many other types of relevant activities to count towards your CPD time requirement, such as:

  • coursework units
  • professional development programs and activities (e.g. workshops, seminars, online learning programs, leadership programs, industry visits, summer research program)
  • volunteering in leadership roles (e.g. Monash Clubs & Societies, community groups, religious organisations, charities, sporting associations)
  • work experience in non-Engineering-related companies

50% of your minimum hour requirement must come from Engineering-related activities

At least 50% of your minimum hour requirement must come from Engineering-related work experience, Engineering-related professional development activities, and/or Engineering-related curriculum activities. Examples of these may include:

  • Specifically Engineering-related work experience at a non-Engineering-related company
  • Seminars and workshops on Engineering topics
  • Monash Engineering Leadership Program
  • Involvement with the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI)
  • Volunteering with Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • Engineering industry visits
  • Preparation for (and attending) Engineering-related activities with any Engineering-based Monash Club or Society
  • Holding office with any Engineering-based Monash Club or Society
  • Group assignments, Study Abroad / Study Exchange, class presentations, Final Year Projects (FYPs), etc, completed as part of a specific Engineering unit within your course

There will be severe penalties for anyone caught falsifying claims on their CPD. Failure to supply accurate and honest details about the activities you have attended, the hours you spent at those activities, the skills you have developed, the experiences you were exposed to, or accurate contact details and supporting documentation for verification purposes, would put your graduation in jeopardy if you were suspended or excluded from the university. Monash University’s policy on Academic Integrity applies in each of those instances, and for all CPD submissions. Furthermore, as a future Engineer, you should be upholding the Engineers Australia Stage 1 competency of ethical conduct and personal accountability.