AusIMM’s relaunched Chartered Professional Program – an update

  • By Peter Hills, Chair, Chartered Professional Program Commitee

The AusIMM Chartered Professional Program (CPP) continues to grow, with many new applications received, including some joint applications for RPEQ.

The more comprehensive information on the CPP web page is allowing applicants to be better prepared for their Chartered Professional (CP) application, and gives them a better understanding of the criteria and requirements.

The changes implemented on January 1, 2018

From 1 January 2018 the revitalised CPP came into being. The key tenets of the ongoing program are:

  • rescinding the Board of Chartered Professionals in place of a governing Chartered Professional Program Committee (CPPC)
  • separating the role of the CPPC from the accreditation and auditing Pool of Assessors
  • implementing a new series of Regulations (incorporating the Guidelines) in place of the previous By-Laws and Guidelines
  • strengthening the requirements surrounding the maintenance and submission of continuing professional development (CPD) logbooks, including making the online logbook the only acceptable method for recording CPD and creating a requirement for CPs to update their logbook on a three-monthly basis
  • introducing a requirement for CP applicants to provide a statement of competency as part of the application process
  • introducing a more robust assessment process to ensure that those accredited in the CPP meet all the necessary criteria for accreditation.

Why did we change the Chartered Professional Program?

In March 2016, the AusIMM Board determined that the CPP that had been created in 2001 and grown to approximately 1300 Chartered Professionals was in need of serious revision. The CPP had originally been founded to include five disciplines covering the three traditional branches of the mining industry: Geology, Mining Engineering and Metallurgy, as well as the socially imperative discipline of Environment and the non-technical discipline of Management. The demand for the inclusion of the discipline Geotechnical (Mining) was realised in 2008, and to date it has been only discipline added to the original five.

The previous CPP was governed by a Board of Chartered Professionals, elected by the members of the program, and the initial critical mass for the program was created by grandfathering the AusIMM Fellows to CP status. Ten years on and the Chartered Professional Program began to grow significantly. The reality of the situation was somewhat masked, as Fellows who didn’t particularly want to be CPs gradually left the scheme, while new members applied for accreditation. By 2011 those not requiring CP status had left the scheme, and the growth of new members saw a period of accelerated growth in the CPP.

The tenets of the CPP mirrored those of similar programs in kindred learned societies. In particular, peer sponsoring of accreditation and CPD.

All aspects of managing the CPP including governance, member accreditation and professional development (PD) auditing fell to the CP Board and as a consequence, the CP Board expanded as well. By 2014, it was recognised by the CP Board that the original model for the CP Program was not sustainable. A face-to-face meeting of the CP Board in December started to tease out the need for change, but the AusIMM Board elevated the importance of doing so and appointed the Professional Accreditation Advisory Taskforce to implement the changes.

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