Competence in the IET Rules of Conduct

Examples of specific rules that are relevant to the value of competence.

2. 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.

Because engineering knowledge is constantly advancing, it is not enough to gain an initial qualification in engineering; you must also take responsibility for keeping your knowledge up to date. This is an ethical responsibility to uphold the public trust in the engineering profession.

3. Members shall not undertake professional tasks and responsibilities that they do not believe themselves competent to discharge.

An important part of integrity is being honest with yourself about the limits of your ability, and not taking on work which you are not capable of carrying out.

4. Members shall accept personal responsibility for all work done by them or under their supervision or direction. Members shall also take all reasonable steps to ensure that persons working under their authority are both suitably equipped and competent to carry out the tasks assigned to them.

You are responsible not only for your own competence, but also for the competence of those working under your authority.

16. Members shall not make any public statement in their professional capacity without ensuring that:

(a) they are qualified to make such a statement and
(b) any association that they may have with any party who may benefit from
the statement are known to the person or persons to whom it is directed.

The public trusts professionals to give honest opinions which are based on a good knowledge of the relevant facts.

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