ICE is grateful to members who submitted their Development Action Plan and Personal Development Record by the deadline. This clearly demonstrates civil engineers' commitment to continuing professional development and the benefits gained from the learning and subsequent reflection on gaps and further learning required, as part of the CPD cycle.
Overall, 65% of those selected for audit submitted their records and ICE hopes that the numbers will increase steadily by 2019, when the Engineering Council plans to introduce mandatory CPD recording.
The key lessons from this year's exercise include:
- Over 70% of members use the ICE templates to record their CPD (available under appendices of ICE's guidance document). ICE accepts CPD records in any format as long as it allows members to plan, record and reflect upon their CPD
- The engaged community of the ICE, which includes reviewers, mentors, supervising civil engineers and panel members have submitted their records in good numbers. In terms of feedback received from this group, it was made clear that ICE should improve the audit process by allowing a reasonable amount of time to submit their record. This will be reflected in the way ICE conducts the audit in 2017
- Plans are underway to ensure ICE can implement Engineering Council's mandatory CPD recording in 2019, including via the imposition of sanctions for non-submitters in 2020, and the ongoing work to improve ICE's knowledge offering
- ICE plans to communicate more on the benefits of CPD recording and some work is underway to ensure that the right messages are relayed to members in the next few years.
Thank you again to members who submitted their CPD records this year. Guidance is available for those who need help with their CPD recording. For any questions and advice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.