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Continuing Professional Development
CPD (or Continuing Professional Development) is the means by which SOE members maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives. The following pages provide some of the options you have for your CPD.
•    Engineering CPD & Professional Development Record
•    AIPET approved engineering training courses

Inspiring the  young people into engineering and technology profession

Members are professionally engaged in the full range of engineering activities, including
academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infrastructural
services. They make meaningful contributions of the quality of life to the community and to the steady advancement of technology.

Their efforts are acknowledged in many countries across the world.
The Institute contributes to the common interests and welfare of the whole engineering fraternity through close co-operation
with the AIPET.
The AIPET strives to provide leadership to the electrical / electronic engineering discipline
in order to support its members in becoming more effective practitioners so that the quality of life of all communities in  Africa is uplifted.

•    To promote and advance technology and  engineering and associated sciences and their applications.
•    To promote and uphold the professional standing of members of the Institute and to provide career guidance for younger members.
•    To promote publications and other works pertaining to electrical engineering and associated sciences and to recognise merit in such publications and works.
•    To promote the research and investigation of technology and l engineering and associated matters.
•    To lead, direct and influence policy in electrical engineering and associated matters in the public, private and educational sectors.
•    To promote and advance education and training in electrical engineering and associated sciences in  Africa.
•    To identify and promote the use of creative methods of applying electrical engineering and associated sciences in the interest of the  African community.
•    To promote, develop, and maintain the entrepreneurial competence acumen, engineering management professionalism and communication skills of its members.
•    To promote membership and involve members at an early age in the activities, leadership and formulation of the policy of the Institute.
•    Through effective financial management, ensure that maximum short, medium and long-term advantage accrues to the members of the Institute in the form of its stability, facilities, benefits and activities.
•    To re-define the field of electrical engineering and associated science and its applications in the interests of the Institute in accordance with worldwide technical progress and to propagate the updated definition.
•    To increase appreciation of the role of electrical engineering practitioners and electrical engineering and associated sciences through interactions between the Institute and the African community.


All members are required to uphold the dignity of the profession of electrical engineering. In whatever capacity they may be engaged,
they must conduct themselves in a strictly fiduciary manner towards their client, employer, fellow member or other with whom they
may be connected and consistent with the established traditions of the Institute.



The work of an Electrical Engineer is mainly intellectual by nature and is not routine. Engineers busy themselves with
innovation and problem solving and their education is so directed that they must be able to resolve new problems
which they might encounter in future. Engineers are generally the leaders of the manpower team in engineering.

The tasks of the Electrical Engineer in the workplace could entail:
•    Design Development Research for new and innovative technology to better the life of all (For example improved
communication systems, more efficient electricity supply, user-friendly computer hardware and software, new
consumer products, etc)
•    Conceptual Planning of Projects (For example the planning of a town’s electricity supply,
controlling a hydro-electric dam, etc)
•    High-level Management (Electrical Engineers are excellent candidates for high-level management positions
in large organisations)
•    Education (Universities require lecturers to train prospective engineers).
All Electrical Engineers could also act as mentors to students and young engineers so that expertise and experience
is passed on.


In the modern world, Electrical Engineers are increasingly often becoming entrepreneurs - rather than obtaining
permanent employment at an organisation. They act as consultants to large corporations, municipalities and so forth.
The are so many avenues in which your own business can succeed using Electrical Engineering as the basis.

With the many avenues of employment available to choose from, Electrical Engineers have the opportunity of earning
beneficial salaries. In big organisations, helpful packages are offered to Electrical Engineers which include good
salaries, company cars, housing benefits and so forth.

A career in Electrical Engineering not only provides great financial benefits, but immense job satisfaction is derived
as well as recognition within society.

Many extremely successful business men and women in South Africa, and indeed the world, are Electrical Engineers.


In order to become an Electrical Engineer you need to follow a Bachelor of Science degree course in Engineering (B.Sc (Eng))
at a university for four years.

You don’t have to go to university immediately to become an Electrical Engineer. Some of today’s most prominent
figures in the Electrical Engineering society commenced their studies at technical college, then moved on to technikon
and ultimately, qualified as Electrical Engineers at university. After obtaining your B.Sc Eng. degree at university you
need to have three years practical experience whilst registered as an engineer-in-training to be able to register as a
Professional Engineer.

University degree courses are design for advanced learning and the studies are mainly of an academic and theoretical
nature. The emphasis is on the application of science and maths in problem identification and solving.


The minimum entrance requirement for university to study the Bsc Engineering degree for Electrical Engineering is
usually a Senior Certificate with matric exemption and 4 subjects passed on Higher Grade (HG). Two of the subjects
have to be Mathematics and Physical Science and one, Language. Due to limited space, not all applicants wishing to
enter university get accepted. To give you a better chance at being successful at obtaining University entry, ensure that
your marks are at least a C symbol. This will also make it easier for you to obtain financial assistance for your studies.

All universities have a “points system” and the system is different at each university. There may also be other entry
requirements by the university at which you want to study.