Professional skills courses

Whether you want to hone your management skills, learn how to write compelling technical reports, or understand the financial aspects of decision making, we have just the course for you. 

An engineer's guide to product development, patents and intellectual property

Protect your inventions from competitors and learn how to make best possible use of them – for financial gain and demonstrating value to stakeholders. Also master thinking techniques for generating ideas, developing patented products and finding your way around other people’s patents.

Commercial awareness for technical people

The aim of this one day course is to expose the commercial context within which technical work is carried out. It is to allow technical staff to understand how they fit into a larger picture,why they may be asked to undertake tasks that may not appear to be technical and the impact their interactions have within the commercial context.

Ethics for engineers

Our highly interactive, practical one-day course has been designed to help you explore how engineering ethics impacts on your working life. Through facilitated discussion of issues and cases, you will practise identifying and dealing with ethical issues as they arise.

Finance and accounting

In increasingly competitive markets organisations look to staff that have financial skills and can be relied upon to successfully combine technical abilities with sound commercial judgement. This course will provide you with a grounding in the principles of accounting, an understanding of the terminology and an appreciation of the practical application of accountancy to help you develop your financial management skills.

Introduction to bidding and tendering

The course is designed principally to provide delegates with practical suggestions on how they and their businesses should approach the bidding process in order to maximize their resource utilization and success rates as well as gain an appreciation of the bidding and tendering process.

Introduction to contract law

Invaluable for anyone engaged in creating business contracts, this course will help prepare you to write and negotiate contracts that protect your company from commercial risk.

Introduction to standards

This content rich and lively one-day course is designed to give an overview of the structure of three essential standards that every engineer should know.

Introduction to TRIZ

Created by engineers, for engineers, TRIZ is a proven process for solving problems, generating new ideas and developing systems quickly, cheaply and inventively.

Project management techniques

The aim of this two day course is to bring out the factors that make the difference between success and failure. It provides key concepts to enable project managers and others to understand the full breadth of project management and offers practical tools to help successful delivery or projects.

Specification writing

Writing an effective specification is key to a successful project delivery. If the specification is not fit for purpose, the project will consequently fail to meet expectation with possible significant commercial consequences.

Starting out in management

A great deal of management learning comes from experience, however this ‘starting out in management’ course covers the fundamental tools necessary for management skills. It is designed to increase awareness of management styles, team dynamics and individual needs; enabling you to become more confident in your approach.

Technical report writing

This two-day course analyses report preparation from the earliest stages of identifying the reader and the objectives to the effective presentation of the complete document

For more information contact pdcourses@theiet.org or view our courses brochure.