Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

What is CPD?

CPD is a way for you, as a professional, to show that you're continuing to improve and develop throughout your career. It involves keeping your skills, knowledge and experience up to date and recording what you learn and then use in your job.

In a fast-moving world, CPD supports you both to work safely, legally and effectively, and to develop your career. It also shows you're committed to lifelong learning, a way of demonstrating professional pride in what you do.

As an ICE member, you need to manage your own professional development. This means being able to send us an annual record of your past year’s CPD and your plans for the year ahead.

How should I record my CPD and send ICE my CPD records?

We recommend you update your Development Action Plan (DAP) and Personal Development Record (PDR) throughout the year. Adding your CPD during the year will make you feel much less stressed about meeting the end-year deadline.

Please prepare your CPD record by noting down what you've recently learnt and how these fulfil your development plan. You should also note your future development needs. There's a CPD template to help you keep track of your progress. If you have regular performance appraisals with your employer, you can use these to monitor your development. If you're self-employed, the CPD process will help you to keep your skills current and to stay competitive.

We encourage you to use our CPD tool in MyICE to record your CPD. It's straightforward to register – you'll need your usual email address and password.

The tool will ask you to record your activities based on your DAP objectives from the previous year. If you'd like to add any new activity (not in your original DAP), just create a new objective retrospectively.

Monitoring Continuing Professional Development (CPD): the ICE approach for professionally qualified members

In November 2013 the Engineering Council issued a CPD Policy statement. This recognised the general importance of CPD for their licensed members and respective memberships. In February 2015, they provided further guidance. This was how to effectively monitor CPD participation using random sampling with a suggested start date of 1 January 2017.

As a Professional Engineering Institution registered with the Engineering Council, we consider effective CPD important. This is both in developing our members and ensuring that our reputational standing remains high. We look for members’ CPD records to include a development action plan (DAP) and professional development record (PDR) for each year. To ensure standards are maintained, since 2011, we have been annually taking a random sample to review. As the CPD Panel responsible for overseeing this annual review, we would like to reconfirm ICE's position. We will also ask you for feedback on how to make our CPD scheme more effective.

We have prepared the following Q&A and invite you to contact us with your suggestions.

Q. I complete a CPD record for my employer or another institution: do I need to complete a further form for the ICE?

A. No, as long the paperwork meets the ICE CPD’s Plan – Act – Assess - Review cycle then we will accept alternative records, provided they demonstrate your continuing competence for ICE membership

Q. What activities do I need to record?

A. Anything that has contributed to your learning and development can count towards your CPD e.g. courses, seminars, conferences, reading relevant publications, web-based research and personal development activities. Here are some examples of CPD activities and areas of learning that might be helpful.

Q. Is a development action plan really necessary?

A. We believe it is. It helps to prompt you to keep knowledge current and relevant for industry standards such as health and safety, ethics and sustainability. It can also help you identify areas that will help maintain, enhance or develop knowledge and skills. You are likely to want to develop your leadership and management skills too.

Q. Who reviews my records?

A. A peer-review by civil engineers with a range of skillsets. All have significant industry experience and can provide feedback to help you.

Q. What is meant by “professionally active”?

A. “Professionally active” means that you have represented your expertise through the use of your designatory letters to gain work, permanent or temporary, paid or unpaid.

Q. Are exemptions available?

A. We recommend you maintain your active learning whatever your circumstances. Exemptions can be formally considered if you are:

  • Unemployed for more than 6 months, although remember the research and development you undertake in looking for work can count towards your CPD
  • On maternity or paternity leave
  • Suffering long-term ill-health (6 months or more)
  • Fully retired

Q. Do I have to do a minimum number of hours?

A. Your CPD should be about undertaking relevant development and therefore about effective outcomes. Your professional development should actively add to your knowledge and skills – this is not dependent on how long it takes you to acquire that knowledge.

On behalf of the CPD Panel

If you have any comments, suggestions or queries regarding CPD, please contact the CPD team on +44 (0)20 7665 2192, or by email on

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