South Australia & NT Chapter

NPER Specific Area Of Practice Landslide Risk Management

SA Geomechanics Society Committee

The development of a specific area of practice for Landslide Risk Management (LRM) within the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) is in response to requirements of legislation and is a means for practitioners to demonstrate competency as required by such legislation. Each piece of relevant legislation is similar in that they all require practitioners to be chartered professionals (i.e. CPEng, CPGeo or RPGeo) and “to demonstrate core competencies in landslide risk management”. The specific area of practice under NPER for LRM will be a means of demonstration of those competencies, where required by these pieces of legislation. At present, there is no means, other than by CV, to provide this demonstration of competency. The National Committee believes that leaves several challenges in regards to such assessment.

A competency panel composed of representatives of our Society, as well as the Civil College of Engineers Australia, has developed the guideline. The philosophy adopted in the development of the specific area of LRM within NPER was approved at the November 2004 National Committee meeting. The text of the final draft guideline was presented to the AGS National Committee meeting in April 2005, wherein the philosophy of the approach was again endorsed.

This meeting of the AGS provides an opportunity for member’s to discuss and provide comments on the LRM competency in an open forum and any questions arising from these issues to be provided as feedback to the National Committee by the SA committee on behalf of its membership.

A copy of the report produced in December’s Australian Geomechanics Journal is provided with this notification.

Engineers Australia members participating in AGS technical sessions can record attendance on their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia CPD policy for details on CPD types, requirements and auditing guidelines.