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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

What is CPD?

Undertaking CPD ensures that you continue to be proficient and competent in your profession whilst enabling you to learn new and essential skills that can help you progress throughout your career.

As a professionally active Member of the IET, you are required to undertake and record at least 30 hours of CPD per calendar year (or at least 10 hours if partially active) under the IET's Rules of Conduct. Those who are professionally registered are also required to follow the Engineering Council's CPD Code.

You may also be selected to provide written evidence of your CPD activities from the previous year as part of our annual mandatory CPD audit.

Helen Cumming CEng MIET on the benefits of CPD

However, there are plenty of other reasons why you should be writing down your goals, taking action and tracking your progress:

  • Take ownership of your development - think about what you want to achieve, identify your personal goals and explore what interests you. 
  • Become more effective and demonstrate the confidence that comes with your commitment to self-development and professionalism.
  • Advance the body of knowledge within your profession.
  • Increase your earning potential and progress to other roles.