Policy on CPD

Find out about the CPD monitoring scheme and what the IET expects from its members for CPD.

From January 2017 all Professional Engineering Institutions have introduced a Policy of random reviewing of Professionally Active Registrants’ CPD Returns. The IET’s Board of Trustees have extended this as a benefit to IET Members (TMIET, MIET and FIET).

Remind me about CPD

CPD is the ongoing process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work. This includes Training courses, Work experience, Academic study, Volunteering, attending Events and Self-Study (“TWAVES”).

What has changed?

As a Member you have already committed to keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date through planned professional development, as explained in the  IET Rules of Conduct:. The only change is that you may be chosen to have your previous year’s records reviewed.

How is the IET supporting me in this process?

The IET have provided a powerful, intuitive online tool called Career Manager which allows you to record and submit your CPD. You can also download quick guides on recording and submitting CPD.

During the review year of 2019 we will be reviewing a sample of members’ CPD activities which took place in 2018.

The CPD Guide also covers what you need to know and you can watch our pre-recorded CPD webinar too.

What is more, the IET provide a lot of products and services to support CPD. More information on that can be found in our CPD directory.

What happens then?

You can submit your records at the start of the following year. If selected, we will notify you and request your records if you have not already submitted them, we will then provide you with feedback and advice. If your records aren’t selected for review, we will still send you generic feedback to assist you in future years.

What counts as CPD?

When planning and recording your CPD, remember the acronym TWAVES.

  • 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.

Guideline CPD requirement

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.

Semi-retired or partially-active members have a reduced target of 10 hours. Members who are no longer professionally active need not undertake any CPD. This may be through retirement (without volunteering), unemployment, employment in a non-engineering capacity, parental leave, long term illness etc. However, we strongly recommend recording CPD to those members who plan to be professionally active within the engineering field in the near future as this would help them become employed within that field again.

You are strongly encouraged to follow the professional development cycle, see our Guide to CPD.