Professional development

It's never too early to plan your career. Start as you mean to go on with the help of the IET.

The IET supports the professional development (PD) of people working in the fields of engineering and technology - to raise the standards and recognition of those professions. It centres around competences: the recognised knowledge, skills and attributes needed to deliver results in your chosen field. It keeps you fresh and at the leading edge of your profession.

Structuring your professional development will help you maintain these high levels of professional competences by continually developing your knowledge and skills. The IET provides the tools to help you get started with your own PD programme, build a plan using competence frameworks, plan your journey towards professional registration, and point you towards the resources that will help you on your way. 

Career Manager

In your career, you could have ten jobs, change companies six times, move disciplines two or three times, work abroad for four or five years, attend 20 courses and run 15 projects. Wouldn’t it be helpful to keep your total career record in one place, accessible anytime, anywhere? 

Career Manager is the IET’s online skills development and recording tool. Career and personal development is made easier through skill profiling against recognised competence frameworks, and using one central place to collate all your career information, achievements and experience. You can also prepare and submit your application for professional registration online using Career Manager. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is the process of developing and maintaining personal competence; a set of recognised skills needed to reliably perform an occupation. It’s how an individual keeps up-to-date with current practice; it drives the individual to improve their skills and progress into new roles and keeps the individual employable throughout their working life.

Under the IET policy, individuals can undertake CPD through the following activities:

  • Training courses.
  • Work experience.
  • Academic study.
  • Volunteering.
  • Events and seminars.
  • Self-study.

More information can be found on our website


Our mentors are all experienced people who can act as confidential colleagues to guide and support members with their professional development. With over 1,000 mentors globally, the IET’s Mentoring service is perfectly placed to link you to someone who will challenge, motivate and help you to make the most of opportunities in order to progress your career. Mentors gain just as much from supporting others, so if you’d like to get involved we will make sure you have the skills to make the best of your mentoring relationships.

Career zone

Whether you’re just starting out and not sure of the career opportunities open to you, or established in your career but want to make a change, the IET’s Career zone provides the ideas and signposts to help you make your career choices a reality. 

Engineering & Technology Jobs

The place to look if your searching for that perfect next job or to upload your CV [new window] to be seen by top recruiters. 

Professional Registration

Professional Registration is formal recognition that you have met standards of knowledge, understanding and competence set by the Engineering Council. IET Fellows and Members can apply for registration with the Engineering Council through the IET.

The different categories are: 

  • CEng – Chartered Engineer;
  • IEng – Incorporated Engineer;
  • EngTech – Engineering Technician;
  • ICTTech – ICT Technician;
  • CITP - Chartered IT Professional (The IET is licensed by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT to award CITP);
  • CMgr - Chartered Manager (awarded by the CMI - Chartered Management Institute).

Professional registration demonstrates to your employer and peers your commitment to the profession and to professional standards. Becoming professionally registered provides recognition of your expertise and offers you higher earnings potential, improved career prospects and greater influence within your organisation and industry.

Once you are a member and you think you are ready to become professionally registered, simply apply through Career Manager or download an application pack.


The IET offers training designed with engineers and technicians in mind. We can help you find the right course for your needs, with discounts available to members.

Public courses or in-company training including professional skills, project management, and professional registration – delivered in conjunction with only the best providers. 

Find out about free workshops introducing basic work and life skills organised by local networks.

The IET has formed a partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to offer the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership for Chartered Engineers.


All members agree to abide by the Rules of Conduct. Each year you re-affirm your commitment to these Rules when you renew your membership and the trust you derive from being seen as a professional engineer is one of the many advantages of being a member of the IET. But how do you interpret these and put them into practice in your working life?

Explore the Professional Ethics web zone: our case studies will challenge you to exercise your judgement in real-life business scenarios where the right thing to do is not always obvious.

Attend the Professional Ethics for Engineers course: suitable for engineers at any stage of their career, this one-day course will give you the knowledge and expertise to apply ethical principles in a professional context.