Policy on CPD

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.

How does the IET monitor CPD?

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.

How to join

Please send an email to cpd@theiet.org with Opt-in to CPD Monitoring Scheme in the subject line and include your name and membership number in the message.

FAQs about the new scheme

How does the scheme work?

  • All IET members are invited to become a scheme member;
  • Scheme members submit an annual declaration of CPD undertaken during the previous year;
  • A sample of scheme members are randomly selected to submit their CPD records for review (by volunteer CPD Assessors) against the criteria of the IET’s guideline CPD requirement (detailed below);
  • Generic feedback is given to all scheme members.

Guideline CPD requirement

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

AreaNumber of hours
Personal technical knowledge/skillsTen hours
Job role technical knowledge/skillsTen hours
Personal soft skillsTen hours
 
 Number of hoursExamples
Planned CPDAt least ten hoursTraining courses, seminars, targeted academic or self-study or work experience opportunities such as secondments;
Unplanned CPDRemaining 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.