Planning your CPD

How to plan your continuing professional development.

Define your goals

Think about what you want to achieve in the next year (short-term), in two to five years (medium-term) and in ten years (long-term) and write it down. Focus on specific competences relevant to your current job and future aspirations.

Focus on your short-term goals

Start with your short-term goals and think about what you need to do to achieve them, for example learning a new skill, gaining new work experience or taking on more responsibility. Compile a list of things to do and then put them in order of importance.

Set objectives and actions

Take the first three to four items on your list and set achievable objectives with a measure of success (how you will know it’s been achieved) and a target date. Think about the actions you will need to undertake to meet your objectives, what resources you will need, and who can help you.

Create your plan

Creating a plan using Career Manager will show you are committed to making it happen. Set a review date and put it in your diary.

TIP: Rather than starting from scratch, you could use the notes from your last appraisal, any preparation you have done for your last job interview, your CV, or current job description as the basis for this stage.

How can the IET help me plan my CPD?

Mentoring Service

Do you need help to define your goals? Apply for an IET mentor through our Mentoring Service.

Professional registration

If professional registration is your aim, read about the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Engineering Technician (EngTech) and ICT Technician (ICTTech). Refer to our Initial Development (IPD) web pages for specific guidance on professional development for registration. 

Career Manager

Use Career Manager (the IET's online professional development recording tool) to plan your CPD objectives and actions.