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Types of continuing professional development activities accepted

20 April 2020

The following table provides examples of activities that we accept as continuing professional development (CPD). These examples are not exhaustive but provide guidance. The table includes limits on how much can be claimed when reporting CPD activities to us.

Type of continuing professional development (CPD)Activity examplesLimits
Clean Energy Regulator events
  • Annual workshop
  • Agency webinar
None
Clean Energy Regulator inspection of auditor performance
  • An auditor is inspected by a person approved by the agency – the inspection involves analysing documents and other evidence and discussions with auditors. Inspectors impart valuable knowledge, findings and learnings
Unlimited hours for an auditor’s own inspection

Capped at 10 hours for auditors attending inspections of other auditors
Workshops, webinars and forums run by state-based schemes and focused on climate change issues
  • ESS Auditor Workshop (IPART)
None
Forums, conventions and conferences focused on climate change issues
  • Climate Leadership Conference (NSW State Government)
  • Carbon Market Institute (CMI) summits
None
Audit conferences staged by recognised organisations, such as accounting bodies or audit firms
  • CAANZ 2019 Audit Conference
None
Forums, conventions and conferences focused on an industry relevant to the schemes we administer
  • Waste forum
  • Mining convention
  • Forestry conference
None
In-house training and presentations provided by employer
  • Training in:
    • assurance
    • audit software
    • business writing
    • data analytics
    • leadership
    • maintaining professional independence
    • risk management, or
    • work health and safety.
None
Training from recognised providers or professional bodies
  • Training in auditing or auditing standards, from Australian or internationally recognised training bodies
  • Certified Internal Auditor course through Institute of Internal Auditors
None
Courses conducted by tertiary institutions leading to a Degree, Diploma or Post Graduate qualification. CPD can include time taken to research and write essays.

Must be in study areas related to your work as a greenhouse and energy auditor.
  • University courses in such subjects as accounting, engineering and environmental science
None
Programmed self-study through a third-party provider, including self-study video or audio packages.

Must be in study areas related to your work as a greenhouse and energy auditor.
  • A course in audit and assurance, delivered by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in the Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting
  • A course in advanced audit and assurance, delivered by CPA Australia in the CPA Program
  • A course in advanced audit and assurance, delivered by the Institute of Public Accountants in the IPA Program
  • A course in a technical field, such as engineering, that is relevant to schemes the agency administers
None
Developing or delivering training sessions or courses (either internal or external)
  • CPA Working Party on External Assurance Practitioner Certification
  • Preparing training for internal use
Maximum of 10 hours per year
Publishing professional or academic papers, articles, research and other publications
  • An overview of the changing face of corporate risk tolerance for an industry publication
Maximum of 10 hours per three-year period
Serving on a technical committee—objectives are defined, and specific contributions required of members
  • Accreditation review board for an industry body
  • Discussion group for an industry body
Maximum of 10 hours per three-year period
Mentoring a colleague involved in the auditing professionMaximum of 10 hours per year
Technical and professional reading
  • Legislation or guidance related to schemes the agency administers
  • Industry journals
  • White papers
  • Audit/technical-related research articles
Maximum of 10 hours per year

Other types of CPD will be considered on a case by case basis. Please email us audit@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au for more information.


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