Continuous Education Training or what is more commonly known as, Continuing Professional
Development (CPD) can be defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of
knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of
professional and technical duties throughout a person’s professional pest control career.
CPD, fundamentally refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and
experience that a person gains both formally and informally as they work, beyond any initial formal
qualification or training.
Simple put CPD is by-product of what a person does naturally i.e. we learn and develop on a daily
basis in some form or another. CPD program should not be seen as a burden and is not be limited to
the traditional “classroom” or “book learning” activities but also development/improvement of
one’s self as a person and within one’s work environment.
The CPD process is there to simply help and manage a person’s own development on an ongoing
basis, keeping record, review and guide on what is learnt and should be learnt and inturn making
you a better person and more importantly an improved and professional pest control sector as a
All CPD Activities should contain an element of learning and development that has taken place
within the context of the Pest Control Sector.
The PCIPC CPD cycle is 12 months, during which period every registered PCIPC registered individual
will be required to accumulate a minimum of credits according to the professionals registered
designation in order to retain their PCIPC registration when renewing their annual PCIPC
10 CPD Credits
Assistant Pest Control Operator
15 CPD Credits
Licensed Pest Control Operator
25 CPD Credits
35 CPD Credits
CPD is not be limited to the traditional “classroom” or “book learning” activities but also
development/improvement of one’s self as a person and within one’s work environment.
In order to obtain the required CPD credits, registered PCO professionals can engaged in one or
more of the following three knowledge/skills CPD Streams:
Development CPD Activities are activities that are related to structured educational and developmental meetings, seminars and training programs.All development activities must be approved and accredited by the PCIPC before a CPD credit(s) may be allocated to the relevant activities and be awarded to the relevant registered person.
Work-based CPD Activities are activities that are related to any work-related pest control activities. All work-based activities should be done in an approved manner, according to a planned program approach, and will be subject to verification upon submission for CPD credits.
As the name implies individual CPD Activities are activities that are undertaken by each relevant individual. All individual activities should be done in an approved manner, according to a planned program approach, and will be subject to verification upon submission for CPD credits.
Professionals are required to be proactive and imaginative in searching for useful CPD information.
Sources may include, but are not limited to, local and international training and CPD providers, local
and regional conferences, association notices, pest control books and publications and the PCIPC
PCIPC professionals, who intend participating in an activity provided, should ensure that the activity
is approved by the PCIPC before the activity is undertaken so that the credits awarded will be
recognised by PCIPC.
See: CPD Activities
PCIPC registered professionals are responsible for evaluating their own CPD activities and keeping all
relevant CPD records for a period of at least 3 years. The CPD system is administered by the PCIPC in
conjunction with the PCIPC registered individual. The number of CPD credits accumulated during
the specific annual cycle will be electronically recorded. Registered PCIPC persons may access their
personal CPD records by going to the PCIPC registration login portal.
PCIPC may conduct random audits of the CPD records of all registered persons.
If selected for audit, registered persons will be required to send, within four weeks of initial notification,
verification of their CPD activities in the form of a certificate, statement of results, record of attendance,
receipt of course payment, or a written verification from the recognized voluntary association or
accredited tertiary educational institution, which presented the developmental activity.
CPD can be defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement, and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout a person’s plumbing career.
As a PCO you will need to obtain and accumulate CPD credits to maintain your registration with the PCO on an annual basis.
By doing various activities that improve and broaden your knowledge and skills and develop personal qualities within the industry.
A Registration cycle is a 12-month period that runs concurrently with your yearly renewal
registration period with the PIRB. Therefore, if your date of registration with the PCIPC is 1 July,
your CPD registration cycle runs from 1 July to 30 June the following year.
As a registered PCO, you need to keep track of CPD credits and keep all evidence relating to the CPD activities you have undertaken. Evidence must be kept for a minimum of two years and the PCIPC may request proof of this evidence at any point during this period.
Every time that you have obtained any form of credits, you may download, complete, and
return the CPD Activity Registration Form to the PCIPC, or submit it online upon which the PCIPC will record the relevant CPD credits on your registration profile
CPD forms part of the PCIPC’s professional registration. As PCIPC registered, you will be required to keep your CPD credits in line with the required year credit amount to keep your registered status with the PCIPC.
The PCIPC does not engage in delivering any actual CPD, PCIPC merely facilitates the process. Developmental CPD activities are mostly undertaken by third parties such as suppliers, manufacturers, training providers, private individuals, etc. In many cases these activities are free and in other cases, they are not. It is up to each of these 3rd parties to make the decision, to charge for the CPD activity or not. Similarly, it is your choice to attend any of the developmental CPD activities, free or not.
The number of CPD credits required within your registration cycle is subject to your type of PCIPC registration that you have.
In most cases, the time and the content being delivered will be taken into consideration when evaluating the number of credits that should be awarded to an activity.
In the event of a registered professional not complying with the requirements of CPD, the PCIPC may impose any one or more of the following conditions: