Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Learning never stops, and neither should your development throughout your career.

Engineers are the backbone of society – responsible for addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the world, both now and in the future. But this can only happen if the world’s engineers can keep up with, create, and implement the latest developments in technology and ideas.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a fundamental part of any career in engineering – ensuring 'professionally registered and active' engineers keep up to date by constantly learning and improving, to develop skills and stay at the cutting edge. Not only will this aid your contribution to engineering, but it’ll help you get the most out of your career.

As professionally registered members of the Institution and the Engineering Council, it’s also our responsibility – and your obligation – to do CPD and keep a record of your progress.

CPD is personal – it’s about your development and will be unique to you, depending on your role, your career stage and your developmental goals.


A 'professionally active engineer' is a registered engineer who is applying their engineering knowledge in an activity where their engineering judgement may affect or be relied upon by others (whether in paid or voluntary work), or a registered engineer who expects to resume such activity in the foreseeable future.*


*The formal definition and further guidance points can be found below.

The Institution's CPD requirements

CPD practice at the Institution is self-led and focuses on activities and goals carried out in the past with an appropriate level of reflective practice.

  • Who needs to do CPD?

  • I am a retired so does CPD apply to me?

  • What counts towards my CPD?

  • Some examples of CPD activities

  • Technical and Non-technical CPD

  • What is reflective practice?


Are you a professionally active engineer?

A ‘professionally active engineer’ is a registered engineer who is applying their engineering knowledge in an activity which involves third parties and thus where their engineering judgement may affect others or be relied on by others, or a registered engineer who expects to resume such activity in the foreseeable future.

  • Definition of professionally active


CPD Audit

Under the Engineering Council CPD policy the Institution now carries out an annual CPD audit on a sample representation of its registered Members and Fellows.

These new requirements are intended to help you map and direct your CPD by asking you to tell us how you have recorded your CPD over the previous 12 months.

As of January 2019, recording of CPD will become mandatory for all professionally registered and active engineers. Repeated failure to engage in the audit requirement on request from IMechE will ultimately result in a loss of registration. 

Below is a simple step-by-step guide to the CPD audit if you are selected to participate:

  • 1. How members are selected

  • 2. Select a statement

  • 3. What CPD do I need to submit?

  • 4. Who sees and will review my CPD?

Career Developer

    Career Developer is an online tool which helps you plan, record and review your experience throughout your career. It makes it easy for you to manage your professional development.

Find out about Career Developer



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