Types of Continuing Professional Development
The types of activity which contribute towards meeting the Institution's requirements, and the extent to which they should normally contribute towards a member's Continuing Professional Development, are described below.
Formal Education and Training
This includes formal face-to-face education, distance learning, short courses and formal on-the-job training. Most activities of this type will involve assessment.
For face-to-face education, the actual hours of lectures attended and/or research a member undertakes will count towards the Continuing Professional Development requirement. For distance learning, the equivalent number of hours of face-to-face education that would have been involved should be estimated.
It is recommended that formal education and training contributes a maximum of 50% towards a member's total annual CPD activity, except where a member is undertaking a higher degree or post-graduate course.
Informal learning activities include the reading of books, journals, manuals, etc and familiarisation with the operation of technological aids, computer programmes, equipment, etc. Informal learning activities include on-the-job learning that takes place because of workplace requirements, and private study where a member can exercise complete discretion. On-the-job learning requirements usually arise where a new project or job is undertaken and there is a need to extend the competency base. Private study is an opportunity for a member to direct the way in which their professional career develops.
It is recommended that informal learning activities contribute a maximum of 75% towards a member's total annual CPD activity.
Conferences and Meetings
These include conference, workshops, symposia and technical meetings, either at Headquarters or the Branches, at which papers are presented. All such events run by the Institution meet the Continuing Professional Development requirements, as do those run by other organisations provided that their content relates to and furthers the development of the your professional career. The hours claimed should be those attended at the presentations and discussions relevant to a member's professional career.
It is recommended that conferences and meetings contribute a maximum of 50% towards a member's total annual CPD activity.
Presentations and Papers
The preparation and presentation of material for courses, conferences, workshops, seminars and symposia can be claimed if these activities contribute towards the advancement of the engineering related competencies of others. The time spent in the preparation of papers which are published in journals and transactions or material designed to promote the awareness of engineering and its benefits to society can also be claimed.
It is recommended that presentations and papers contribute a maximum of 50% towards a member's total annual CPD activity.
Institution activities may count towards Continuing Professional Development where they contribute to the continuing professional development of others. This includes membership of Institution standing committees and groups, Professional Review interviews, acting as a mentor, course accreditation, refereeing of technical papers before publication, co-ordinating conferences and the technical aspects of work undertaken on or for other national or institution committees and bodies.
It is recommended that Institution activities contribute a maximum of 25% towards a member's annual CPD activity.
Industry Involvement (per academia)
Members employed in an academic position are expected to foster links with industry to the benefit of engineering education, research and practice. This requirement also ensures that such members are exposed to developments in engineering and management practice outside of academia.
Industry involvement may be achieved through a range of activities, including consultancy services and the supervision of industry sponsored research and design projects. The preparation and presentation of training courses specifically designed to further the continuing professional development of individuals in industry may also be claimed.
Professional engineers in academic positions should aim to achieve at least 25% of their annual CPD requirement through industry involvement.