Engineering Council Code of Practice

The Engineering Council's Code of Practice for professionally registered members undertaking CPD.

The IET supports and recommends the Engineering Council's Code of Practice, which sets out the requirements for those members qualified and registered by the Engineering Council – either as CEng, IEng, EngTech or ICTTech – to undertake continuing professional development (CPD).  It is obligatory for registered engineers to maintain their competence throughout their working lives, and the Code guides you on the scope of activities that you should seek to undertake.

Although created for registered members, we believe that this simple three point code is relevant to all practicing engineers, and therefore recommend that all members actively seek to pursue their CPD with these concepts in mind.

Explore the concepts behind this code of practice at www.PD-How2.org (external website, opens in new window)  and find out what you might do to make sure your CPD stays on track.

Demonstration of commitment

Demonstrate commitment to maintaining professional competence through self-managed CPD:

  • Note the professional and any legal or commercial requirements for evidence of CPD;
  • Understand the uses of evidence in appraisal, employment and recruitment;
  • Be aware of useful sources and forms of evidence;
  • Have available and, if required, provide suitable evidence.


Take responsibility for and manage CPD:

  • Identify and prioritise development needs and opportunities;
  • Use appropriate guidelines and competence benchmarks (e.g. from profession, employer);
  • Plan and carry out development actions using a range of appropriate learning opportunities;
  • Record development achievements;
  • Evaluate achievements and review them against needs.

Learning support

Support the learning and development of others:

  • Be prepared to act as a mentor;
  • Encourage employers to support professional development;
  • Share professional expertise and knowledge;
  • Provide support for the learning of others;
  • Contribute to the activities of a professional body.