Find out about the new CPD monitoring scheme and what the IET expects from its members for CPD.
IET members have a professional obligation to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to remain competent throughout their working lives, as detailed in our IET Rules of Conduct:
"Members shall keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date through planned professional development and seek to broaden and deepen that knowledge throughout their working life. Members shall also encourage persons working under their supervision to do the same."
Professionally registered members (CEng, IEng, EngTech or ICTTech) must also follow the Engineering Council’s CPD Code.
The IET operates a voluntary (opt-in) CPD monitoring scheme, available to TMIET, MIET and FIET members. This new scheme aims to enhance CPD support for members through improved guidance and feedback.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Opt-in to CPD Monitoring Scheme in the subject line and include your name and membership number in the message.
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.
Valid CPD activities include:
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.
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: