Improving continuing professional development compliance among construction professionals through integrated strategies in South Africa

Titus Ebenezer Kwofie (Sustainable Human Settlement and Construction Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa (Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Johannes Siabatho Mpambela (Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Publication date: 6 August 2018

Abstract

Purpose

A high level of low compliance with continuing professional development (CPD) among construction professionals in developing countries is well acknowledged in existing literature. In spite of several interventions in CPD implementation, reforms and approaches in recent times, there does not seem to be an immediate improvement. This development calls for a re-think among stakeholders to adopt strategies that can yield the best results in uptake. Though several strategies have been proposed to potentially result in CPD uptake and compliance among construction professionals, these possible strategies have not been considered in an integrated manner. This study aims at identifying CPD delivery and implementation strategies that can significantly contribute to compliance and uptake among construction professionals in South Africa.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a quantitative research design and a questionnaire survey, this study sought to identify effective CPD implementation strategies for construction professionals from a plethora of suggested ones that can engender increased uptake and compliance.

Findings

By using multiple regression analysis, the results revealed “flexible e-learning platforms”, “standardisation of CPD model and formats by professional institutions”, “inclusion of CPD in tertiary curriculum to easily understand its importance” and “encouraging practices to have frequent in-house training sessions sharing experiences” as the most significant strategies that are likely to improve CPD uptake and compliance.

Originality/value

Against the backdrop of the need to increase CPD uptake and compliance among professionals through flexible integrated approach comes to the fore the understanding and knowledge of the strategies that can engender CPD uptake and compliance among construction professionals in the construction industry in South Africa.

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Citation

Kwofie, T.E., Aigbavboa, C.O. and Mpambela, J.S. (2018), "Improving continuing professional development compliance among construction professionals through integrated strategies in South Africa", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 637-653. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-01-2018-0015

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