Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Institution of Civil Engineers promotes effective CPD for all grades of membership. CPD is not just a matter of attending courses and conferences - it is also about identifying the knowledge and skills you wish to develop and planning how you will achieve this.

CPD Monitoring

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Panel in conjunction with the ICE Council, have decided that with effect from January 2011 the CPD of qualified Members will be monitored. This is being undertaken in order to develop confidence in the ICE's CPD system. The audit requirements have been updated for 2014.

All Members who sit on Panels, act as a Reviewer, are Council Members or who provide volunteer support to the ICE will be asked for their annual Development Action Plan (DAP) and their Professional Development Record (PDR) from the previous year. This will be supplemented by a request for 10% of the professionally qualified Membership's (TMICE, AMICE, MICE or FICE) DAP and PDR from the previous year. An audit will be undertaken of 10% of the submitted returns.

It is wise not to leave the preparation of your DAP and PDR to the last minute when preparing your records. Guidance on the reasons for this request can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

What is CPD?

CPD is defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills. CPD covers technical and professional topics throughout your working life.

CPD should be undertaken as part of your Initial Professional Development (IPD) and should continue beyond the attainment of a professional qualification – the approach you take for learning should be as the title suggests, continuous. You should plan a well balanced programme of CPD which covers technical, managerial and professional topics. 

The CPD Cycle

CPD should be planned in a cyclical manner such that maximum benefit can be obtained from any activity undertaken. Details of the cyclical approach to recording CPD are available within DAP / CPD Template document and ICE Continuing Professional Development guidance.

How much CPD?

Historically, ICE has made recommendations as to the minimum CPD that is required, notably prior to the Professional Reviews for professional qualifications. Guidance can be found in:

in relation to the minimum standards expected at the reviews. In practice it is expected that members would exceed these minimum standards.

Beyond the attainment of the professional qualification, each member will continue to undertake sufficient CPD to develop and maintain their professional knowledge, skills and competence. The precise amount required will vary in individual circumstances and members would be expected to review their own approach to ensure it meets with their current requirements.

To be effective you must take control of your own CPD, through annual planning and recording of the benefits.

Submitting CPD if retired from Civil Engineering

Retired Members are not required to submit CPD to the ICE. However, if you still work part-time (as a consultant for example) or are engaged with ICE activities as a Reviewer, Supervising Civil Engineer to your former employer or sit on an ICE Panel then you will need to submit a CPD record if randomly selected.

More information

For more information, please contact the Professional Development Team on email or telephone +44 (0)207 665 2200.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Guidance on the reasons for CPD monitoring can be found in the CPD FAQ.

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