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Acceptable Training for Continuing Professional Development

  1. Overview
  2. Finding Training Opportunities
  3. Checklist Before You Enrol
  4. Documentation & Costs
  5. Formal Training
  6. Informal Training
  7. CPD via Employer Training
  8. CPD via Research
  9. CPD via Education Development
  10. CPD via Suppliers and Service Providers

10.CPD via Suppliers and Service Providers

Suppliers and service providers can also provide training for informal CPD credits. You can earn one CPD credit for every hour of informal learning that you complete.

Sometimes, suppliers and service providers join with industry organizations to put on training. For suppliers, the main purpose must be the demonstration and training of how to use a piece of construction equipment, or the proper use, installation or application of a construction product or material. For example:

  • An equipment supplier may offer training on how to use a dangerous piece of equipment. Learning the equipment’s safe-use practices may reduce the risk of injury and improve the company’s productivity. You could apply for CPD credit for this training under the construction management and supervision competency.
  • A product manufacturer might offer a workshop on the proper installation of a new building material. Knowing this would bring you into compliance with a new building standard. You could apply for CPD credit for this training under the building technology competency.

Service providers must also provide demonstration and training where you gain actual knowledge and/or skills. For example:

  • A software provider might give a training session on how to use accounting software to improve costing processes, resulting in an improved bottom line. You could apply for CPD credit for this training under the financial planning and budget management competency.
  • A home warranty insurance provider could provide a seminar or workshop on how to deal with customer concerns or complaints. You could apply for CPD credit for this training under the customer service and home warranty insurance competency.

Please note that sales demonstrations at a trade show or worksite sales calls do not qualify as appropriate informal learning by service providers or suppliers.

Qualifying suppliers or manufacturers must:

  • Be a nationally recognized chain store or an independent supplier or product manufacturer with an established market presence
  • Serve the construction market (not necessarily exclusively)
  • Employ staff who are knowledgeable in the products sold or produced and can give the training
  • Provide records of the training to you that are readily available if we request them

Qualifying service providers must:

  • Be a nationally recognized service provider or an independent company with an established market presence
  • Serve the construction market (not necessarily exclusively)
  • Employ staff who are knowledgeable in the service provided and can give the training
  • Provide records of the training to you that are readily available if we request them