continuing professional development
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) describes the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and competence.
How do I manage my CPD?
All members and registrants have an obligation to undertake and record their own CPD activities. Examples of activities include attending training courses, conferences and workshops, reading or writing an article for a technical journal, volunteering, mentoring or sharing knowledge and expertise.
Recording your CPD progress can be done through a simple spreadsheet or company training record, providing it contains the required information. Alternatively, you can set up an account in mycareerpath™, an online tool that can be accessed through the member’s area of the website.
How can the InstMC help?
InstMC runs a range of training courses and events, through its Local Sections, which can contribute to your CPD. You can find details in the Events calendar. We also have a peer-reviewed journal and technical resource library available online to members. Or you can join any of the 7 InstMC Special Interest Groups to network, share expertise, learn and keep up to date on industry news and developments.
The InstMC is required to conduct an annual CPD survey and report outcomes to the Engineering Council. We randomly select a sample of members and ask them to submit their CPD records for audit. Feedback is then provided with suggestions where appropriate. It is a requirement of our Bye Laws that members co-operate with this request and our primary goal in the process is to help our members gain maximum benefit from CPD activity.
For further information or additional help with CPD, view our Continuing Professional Development FAQs.
You can learn more about CPD in our Continuing Professional Development Guidelines and Policy Statement.