Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the process of recording your professional learning and experiences. As a Member registered with the Engineering Council, you will have to carry out CPD. CPD advocates the importance of professional development to ensure that you are able to demonstrate your knowledge and experience of up-to-date industry standards and practice.
It is an important source that can be used as a reference when making contacts throughout your career. Having a record of your development (such as CPD) gives your clients, employers or employees confidence and assurance in your competence and ability.
Due to the nature of the engineering industry continuously changing, having an evidenced record of your continued development demonstrates that you are up to date with industry standards.
The Welding Institute offer a certificate for anyone achieving 100 CPD points within a year.
Overall, CPD is a source of competence evidence. Across your engineering career, you will work over a broad variety of topics and projects, but having CPD enables you to keep track of this.
The aim of CPD is to demonstrate that, although you may have finished your formal education, it is important to continually learn and advance your knowledge to ensure that you can evidence your knowledge, at your work, of up-to-date industry standards and practices whilst remaining competent.
Check out our Continuous Professional Development Brochure for more information.