Lisbon Symposium (May 30th - June 2nd, 2011)

The first symposium of the pilot phase of the project took place in Lisbon, Portugal from May 30th to June 2nd 2011. The purpose of this symposium was to conduct a mock CPD accreditation audit on EDP Distribution (the company working with Ordem dos Engenheiros, Portugal as part of the project). The symposium was spread over four days to allow time for the project leaders, Engineers Ireland, to share as much knowledge as possible regarding preparing for a CPD audit, conducting a CPD Accreditation audit and writing a CPD accreditation report.

Company Overview: EDP is among the major European operators in the energy sector, one of the largest energy operators of the Iberian Peninsula, the largest Portuguese industrial group and the 3rd largest producer of wind energy, employing 8,000. EDP Distribution employs 3,600, 700 with professional qualifications, 630 of whom are engineers in building, operating and maintain the electricity network in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and the U.S.

Day 1: Monday May 30th, 2011 - Preparation for EDP audit visit

The first day of the Lisbon symposium entailed a classroom session on Criteria 1 and 2 presented by Aidan Harney, Engineers Ireland. These classroom sessions will continue with a further two criteria focused on each of the three remaining pilot phase symposia in Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.
The second part of the day 1 focused on preparation for the audit visit to EDP Distribution on Tuesday May 31st, 2011. An analysis of the audit checklist provided by EDP was conducted and the roles and responsibilities for audit were decided.

Day 2: Tuesday May 31st, 2011 - EDP audit visit

The EDP audit visit was conducted by the audit panel consisting of all the project partners involved in the project. EDP supplied evidence of their current CPD practices and how they matched up against the 8 CPD criteria. Interviews of engineering staff employed by EDP took place to further investigate the impact and level of CPD of the organisation.

Day 3: Wednesday June1st, 2011 - Writing of audit report

All partners convened to discuss and analyze the previous day's audit visit to EDP. Aidan Harney conducted a workshop based classroom session on the most efficient way to write a CPD audit report.

Day 4: Thursday June 2nd, 2011 - Presentation of audit report to EDP

The auditing panel returned to EDP to present the CPD audit report to the top management of EDP. The CEO of EDP Distribution, Dr. Antonio Mexia, was present to receive the report and the recommendations from the audit panel.

The experience gained from this symposium will be vital for each project partner when it is time to conduct their own 'real life' CPD accreditation audit on their selected company in June 2012.

The next project symposium is scheduled for August 29th - September 1st, 2011 in Bucharest, Romania.