Welcome to the Continuing Professional Development Programme

We are affiliated to the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town. A team of dedicated staff organise short courses, workshops and small conferences. The events provide a means for the ongoing education of professionals and technical staff, outside of the formal academic courses offered at UCT for degree purposes.

Online learning

Due to popular demand, find here all our online learning offerings in one place.

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What others say

Feedback from our course participants:

I am new to the housing finance market and this course was very useful in helping me understand the basics and the more slightly complicated stuff. Fantastic delivery of the course which will help me join the conversations.

Housing Finance for Sub-Saharan Africa, 2021. Dept. of Construction Economics and Management, partnership between the UCT Nedbank Urban Real Estate Research Unit, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, supported by the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa

Every aspect of the online course experience worked well. It felt more personal instead of just being a face in a classroom which made it easier to interact. The lecturer welcomed comments and conversation about a variety of topics which was much appreciated. His knowledge is awesome and listening to these lectures, viewing the slides and interacting online from any location made attendance very convenient and easy.

Design of High-Rise Buildings, 2020. Department of Civil Engineering 

The lecturer was well organised and encouraged participation. His input was very helpful.

Introduction to Design Computing, 2021. School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics

Why CPD at UCT?

About UCT and the EBE Faculty

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the top university in Africa according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Each department has teaching staff who are experts in their fields and are active researchers; UCT has a large number of engineering research-rated academics.

The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) has strong links with industry and government, which commission and fund significant research projects. Our commitment to teaching and research excellence is matched by our commitment to addressing social challenges through various research interests.

The faculty has an illustrious legacy, with many of its alumni occupying powerful positions in the engineering and built environment industry, as well as the business world and politics. 

The CPD Programme

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme offers short courses, workshops and conferences as ongoing education for professionals.

Engineering professionals registered in South Africa are required to undertake CPD activities in terms of agreements between the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and international engineering bodies.

This requirement is aimed at helping professionals keep abreast of developments and knowledge in their fields of expertise to maintain and demonstrate their competence. This is also a requirement for the renewal of their professional registration.

Who should attend?

Although many of the courses are specifically designed for professionals, students and the general public will greatly benefit from attending many of the CPD courses.

Generally, there are no formal academic qualification entrance requirements to CPD courses. In some cases, some prerequisite knowledge may be required. A certificate of attendance or of successful completion (where an examination is passed) is normally issued.

Some courses may be undertaken outside of normal working hours, while others may require attendance for a number of days on a full-time basis. Courses may also be run on an in-house basis for companies, if requested.

One of the core aspects of our vision as a faculty is to develop outstanding graduates and scholars, who contribute to society and address socioeconomic challenges through their work. I believe that our UCT graduate engineers and professionals of the built environment are ideally equipped to rise to the complex challenges and global problems of the 21st century.

Professor Alison Lewis
Dean: Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment

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