Continuing professional development (CPD) is understood across most professions to be the systematic acquisition of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities, to maintain and enhance professional competence.
All registered grades (Eng Tech, IEng, CEng) of all Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) have an obligation to maintain their competence through CPD and support the learning of others. This obligation is embodied within the Engineering Council Regulations and IMechE Code of Conduct.
In 2013, the Engineering Council approved a new CPD Code and Policy, which places an obligation on the Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) to carry out annual audits of their registered members’ CPD activity and to apply sanctions on those that do not engage in the audit process. For IMechE, the sanctions process came into effect in 2019.
Before any member faces sanctions the process is as follows:
- Member(s) are randomly selected to take part in the annual audit. Notification is communicated in multiple formats including email, letters and phone calls.
- Where a member does not engage in the CPD audit to which they have been randomly selected to partake in, they will be automatically entered into the following year’s CPD audit and marked as a non-engaged member.
- If the member still does not engage in the CPD audit as a non-engaged member, their name will be brought to the Continuing Professional Development Assessment Committee (CPDAC), which will endorse the initiation of the sanctions process against said member.
- A written formal sanctions letter (Removal of Membership for non-compliance with the CPD audit) will be sent from the Chief Executive to the member’s registered postal address by a registered mail service. This will also include:
- a final request for the member-facing sanctions to submit the appropriate statement which most closely reflects how they record and submit their CPD record if applicable; or alternatively advise the Institution that they are no longer professionally active.
- A notice that the member will have 3 months in which to provide this information.
- Once the 3-month deadline has passed, should the member still not have responded to the audit request, the IMechE is required to remove the member from the Engineering Council register and IMechE membership.
The end-to-end process takes approximately 30 months.
As a member, it is important to uphold professional registration and maintain membership with the IMechE by following the guidelines set forth by the Engineering Council regulations and IMechE Code of Conduct.