Policy on CPD

Find out about the CPD monitoring scheme and what the IET expects from its members for CPD.

In October 2013, The Engineering Council announced an aspiration that by January 2017 all Professional Engineering Institutions will have introduced a Policy of random reviewing of Professionally Active Registrants’ CPD Returns. The IET’s Board of Trustees have now agreed that we should meet this aspiration, extending it as a benefit to all IET Members.

Remind me about CPD

CPD is the ongoing process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work. This includes Training courses, Work experience, Academic study, Volunteering, attending Events and Self-Study (“TWAVES”).

What has changed?

As a Member you have already committed to keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date through planned professional development, as explained in the  IET Rules of Conduct:. The only change, therefore, is that from January 2017, you may be chosen to have your previous year’s records reviewed.

How is the IET supporting me in this process?

Last year we piloted a voluntary CPD Monitoring scheme to give members a taste of how the process will work. Returns can be completed quickly and easily using Log-in to Career Manager .

As we are about to review a sample of member’s 2015 records, the opt-in phase has now closed and we go “live” from January 2017 with the review of 2016 CPD records. If you wish we will sign you up to receive hints and tips on CPD and the use of Career Manager to help you prepare for 2017, but there will no longer be a chance to have your CPD records reviewed. To sign up for hints and tips email your name and membership number to cpd@theiet.org using "CPD hints and tips" as the subject line.

What happens then?

We will tell you how to record and send us your CPD records and, if selected, we will provide you with feedback and advice. If your records aren’t selected for review, we will still send you generic feedback to assist you in future years.

Guideline CPD requirement

Members should aim to undertake a minimum of 30 hours CPD per year, which could be split as follows:

Area Number of hours
Personal technical knowledge/skills Ten hours
Job role technical knowledge/skills Ten hours
Personal soft skills Ten hours
  Number of hours Examples
Planned CPD At least ten hours Training courses, seminars, targeted academic or self-study or work experience opportunities such as secondments;
Unplanned CPD Remaining balance (up to 20 hours) Ad-hoc opportunities and less structured activities, such as attending events and exhibitions, self-study, etc.


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 retired members and those on maternity leave, 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 member benefits, such as viewing content on iet.tv and reading E&T Magazine.

You are strongly encouraged to follow the professional development cycle, see our Guide to CPD.

What counts as CPD?

Valid CPD activities include:

  • Training courses; 
  • Work experience; 
  • Academic study;
  • Volunteering;
  • Events and seminars;
  • Self-study. 

The IET offer a wide variety of products and services to support members’ CPD activities, many of which are free or discounted to members. However, content from any source is equally acceptable. Download the Directory of IET CPD products and services.

What are the benefits of CPD?

CPD is the key to managing your career – it’s how you keep up-to-date with current practice, and it drives you to improve your skills and progress into new roles and keeps you employable throughout your working life.

CPD will help you to:

  • Achieve your goals efficiently;
  • Keep pace with changing technology; 
  • Achieve recognition;
  • Stay in the job market; 
  • Develop leadership skills and help to influence others; 
  • Provide evidence of competence when it is require; 
  • Demonstrate commitment to your profession.