Plumbing Africa August 2018 - Page 20

18 ASSOCIATIONS Different CPD points for different levels of plumbers For plumbers’ work to carry a warranty and to be deemed as professional, all plumbers must be registered with the Plumbing Industry Registration Board and must complete a certain number of continuous professional development points per annum at different levels. By PIRB Metropolitans, local authorities, and insurance companies require that any person working on plumbing jobs within their jurisdiction must be registered with the SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) professional body for the plumbing sector, namely the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB). It is illegal for any person to work on a plumbing installation if he/she is not a qualified plumber or not working under the adequate supervision of a qualified plumber. The designations or levels that exist within the South African plumbing industry, as set out by the PIRB, are as follows: learner plumber, technical assistant practitioner, technical operator practitioner, qualified plumber, licensed plumber practitioner, master plumber, and director plumber, which is the top of the tier. Table 1: The categories under which plumbing practitioners are registered with the PIRB In the above tiers, each designation plumber is required to obtain and maintain a certain number of credits in the CPD (continuous professional development) system to maintain their status. Each designation has different requirements and CPD credits to maintain over their respective 12-month cycle (see Table 1). A registration cycle is a 12-month period that runs concurrently with the yearly renewal registration period of each individual plumber with the PIRB. DESIGNATION REQUIREMENTS Director plumber Obtain 45 CPD points over a 12-month cycle Re-register every 12 months Master plumber Obtain 35 CPD points over a 12-month cycle Re-register every 12 months Licensed plumber Maintain 25 CPD credits over a 12-month cycle Re-register every 12 months Qualified plumber Maintain 25 CPD credits over a 12-month cycle Re-register every 12 months Technical operator practitioner Obtain 10 CPD credits over a 12-month cycle Re-register every 12 months Technical assistant practitioner Obtain 10 CPD credits over a 12-month cycle Re-register every 12 months Learner plumber Obtain 10 CPD credits over a 12-month cycle Re-register every 12 months August 2018 Volume 24 I Number 6 All PIRB-registered plumbers are required to carry photo ID cards as proof of their accreditation and registration. Photo ID cards assist PIRB-registered plumbers to quickly and clearly identify themselves as holding the appropriate accreditation, ensuring consumer confidence. WHAT ACTIVITIES MUST BE CARRIED OUT TO OBTAIN CPD CREDITS? There are three main areas of activity that a plumber can undertake to obtain CPD credits: Category 1: Developmental activities These CPD activities are related to structured educational and developmental meetings, seminars, and training programmes. Category 2: Work-based activities Work-based CPD activities are related to any work-related plumbing activities. These activities may include learner mentorship programmes and issuing of plumbing certificates of compliance. Category 3: Individual activities As the name implies, individual CPD activities are related to activities undertaken by each relevant individual. These activities may include serving on a voluntary association related to the plumbing and/or building industry, writing a technical article, and/or part-time lecturing/training. All activities must be approved and accredited by the PIRB before CPD credits can be allocated to the relevant activities and be awarded to the relevant registered plumber. Registered plumbers need to keep track of CPD credits and keep all evidence relating to their CPD activities. Evidence must be kept for a minimum of two years and the PIRB may request proof of this evidence at any point during this period. When attending registered meetings or evenings, ensure to sign the attendance register to gain credits. HOW TO LOG CPD POINTS Logging CPD points can be done online via http://pirb.co.za/cpd- submission/ or by downloading the submission form at http:// pirb.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/CPD-Form.pdf and submitting it to cpd@pirb.co.za or faxing 086 692 7230. PA www.plumbingafrica.co.za