Examples of cpd activities

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities can include anything that develops your skills, knowledge and experience, at work and in your community.

If you're professionally registered with us, we strongly recommend that you undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The activities you undertake depend on where you are in your career and what you’re looking to achieve. 

What counts as CPD?


You could do some CPD activities with us, for example, chairing a committee, or delivering an evening lecture. You could record specialist technical training, management and leadership skills, discussions with peers, personal development and informal or on-the-job learning.

You may already be doing things in your community that count towards CPD, such as being a school governor or organising a local fundraising event.

There are no specific rules. Your choice of activities, duration and quantity are whatever you feel are necessary for you to achieve your own CPD development goals. 

Whether or not you work in an organisation which offers formal development plans, there are a range of activities that you can record and count as CPD. Everything must be logged using your online CPD tools in our professional development portal Career developer.


The competence matrix

On this page you’ll find ideas of the sort of things you may consider doing in the table below, mapped against the specific competences of UK-SPEC. Use them to enhance your CPD and enrich your professional life.


Competence A

Institution activities Other activities
Attending specialist Institution technical events Attending specialist technical events
Being on an Institution Division or Group committee Organising a technical conference
Organising a seminar or other technical event Applying for a patent
Contributing to journals Researching a technical subject to increase your knowledge
Reading journals to keep up to date Writing/publishing technical papers
Editing a journal Undertaking a placement at work in a different technical area to increase the breadth of technical skills
Reviewing papers for journals Reviewing papers for technical publication
Any Institution activities increasing your technical knowledge Any activities increasing your technical knowledge

Competence B

Institution activities Other activities
Attending technical events, evening lectures, seminars etc Writing/publishing technical papers
Presenting at technical events Attending technical events, evening lectures, seminars etc
Volunteering at Formula Student and other Institution Divisions and Groups activities Presenting at technical events/conferences
Attending a technical specialist course e.g. ‘Railway Fleet Maintenance’ Attending a technical specialist course
Contributing to Journals Undertaking a technical qualification
Any IMechE activities increasing your technical knowledge Any activities increasing your technical knowledge

Competence C

Institution activities Other activities
Chairing an Institution committee Taking on a leadership role such as being a local councillor or School Governor
Leading a technical event Having budget responsibility for a local group, such as Treasurer for Photographic Society
Attending a leadership/management course Attending a leadership/management course
Any activities within the Institution that give opportunities to develop your commercial and technical leadership Supporting course development for Educational establishments
Any activities giving opportunities to develop your commercial and technical leadership

Competence D

Institution activities Other activities
Presenting at a seminar or evening event Public speaking – through political bodies, speaking organisations such as Toastmasters.org etc
Carrying out Professional Review Interviews Committee roles in your community – church, school, subject groups etc
Being an Industrial or Academic Liaison Officer (ILO/ALO) Organising local events – such as fetes, carnivals, fundraising events etc
Any Institution activities where you can develop or demonstrate your interpersonal skills Coaching your staff at work
Any activities where you can develop or demonstrate your interpersonal skills

Competence E

Institution activities Other activities
STEM Ambassador activities Running an after school club
Mentoring young engineers Discussing ethical issues with colleagues
MPDS Mentoring Taking on a role as ‘5S Champion’ or implementing environmental awareness schemes at work or in the community
Volunteering for Professional Review Interviews Supporting The Big Bang events
Being an Industrial or Academic Liaison Officer (ILO/ALO) Any community activities contributing to society
Supporting Imagineering events
Any Institution activities contributing to society

Career developer – My CPD tools

Located within Career developer, our CPD tools can help you record your experience, professional activity and create a strong framework for career progression.

Existing users

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New users

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Need some help?

If you have a question about how we can help you maintain your Continuing Professional Development, contact us.