CPD is about maintaining and extending your professional competence.
Activities such as on the job learning, projects, problem solving, research, conferences, mentoring, volunteering, technical learning, management training and so much more – all count as valid CPD.
Our approach to CPD is about learning outcomes. CPD activities will vary depending on where you are in your career and what you are aiming to achieve; they are individual to each engineer, so no quantitative measures (i.e. hours spent, points based system) are required.
Formal and informal development activities
Formal CPD is the easiest to identify, whether it be attending a conference, going on a management course or attaining new qualifications. It is commonly misunderstood as the only recognised form of CPD – often overlooked is the value of informal learning.
So much of what you do in your day-to-day job contributes towards your development; this could be advancing your knowledge and understanding of engineering through research for a new project; taking on responsibility for a new budget; and even developing you communication and inter-personal abilities in coaching others.
UK-SPEC as a framework
Anything related to professional development counts and should be measured in terms of how much you, the individual, learn from it. Most importantly, CPD is not just technical development; UK-SPEC also includes non-technical competences and anything that increases your skills in management; communication; or community involvement can and should also be recorded as valid CPD, especially if you feel that activity has been beneficial.