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Our guidelines for CPD requirements


You should aim to undertake a minimum of 30 hours CPD per year.

What counts as CPD?

When planning and recording your CPD, remember the acronym TWAVES.

  • Training courses

  • Work experience

  • Academic study

  • Volunteering

  • Events and Seminars

  • Self-study

Whilst we offer a wide variety of products and services to support your CPD activities, many of which are free or discounted, content from any source is equally acceptable.

While most engineering professionals undertake CPD, this is often on a casual basis without any deliberate planning, recording of activities, or conscious reflection. Whatever its purpose or nature, learning through CPD should be reflective and should relate to specific objectives, even if these are only to maintain their professional engineering competence.

We recognise our members work in a wide range of roles, sectors and circumstances and that you are best placed to decide what CPD is appropriate for you. We understand that the amount and type of CPD you do will change at different stages in your career. Many of you will already be doing more than thirty hours, particularly during periods of change such as starting a new job. This information is a guideline to help you manage your CPD more effectively.

A reduced target of ten hours CPD per year has been established for those of you who are semi-retired or partially-active, but we are happy to discuss other particular circumstances on a case-by-case basis. The ten hour target is easily achievable by uptake of the services offered as subscription benefits, such as viewing content on our website and reading The Journal.

Recording your CPD

You should record your CPD, there are many ways that you can do this, please ensure that when you record your CPD you include:

  • Total number of CPD hours undertaken in the previous year.

  • Nature of the CPD, e.g. training, work experience, volunteering, event, self-study broken down into respective sub-totals by category.

  • Brief reflection on the activities.

ICT Technicians, Engineering Technicians, Incorporated Engineers, Chartered Engineers and individuals that have joined the Register of IT Technicians (RITTech) make a commitment to maintaining their competence through CPD and recording that development. The professional engineering institutions undertake annual random samples of registrants’ CPD records and provide appropriate feedback where you must be able to provide evidence of your CPD at their request.

Professionally active registrants who persistently do not respond or to engage with requests for CPD records from a licensed member risk removal from the relevant register.

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