Continuing Professional DEVELOPMENT 


Continuing Professional Development

Engineers are 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.

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How do I approach my professional development?

CPD is personal and unique to your development. Our approach to CPD is about learning outcomes achieved rather than time spent on activities. We call this reflective practice. 

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What counts as CPD?

So much of what engineers do every day counts towards their professional development, both at work and through extracurricular courses and interests. Often using UK-SPEC as a reference can help you. 

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Find out if you’re a professionally active engineer

Are you working, on a career break, retired, semi-retired or just volunteering? Find out if you’re a professionally active engineer to determine your professional development needs.  

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Mandatory CPD recording and auditing

From 2019 recording of CPD will become mandatory. The Institution now carries out an annual CPD audit on a sample representation of its EngTech, IEng and CEng Members and Fellows. We also provide feedback.

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UK-SPEC 4th Edition

All applicants for registration and membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers are assessed against the standards as defined by the Engineering Council (EngC) in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). The 4th edition of the UK-SPEC was published on 1 September 2020, for implementation across the sector by 31 December 2021. The 4th edition is available here, with a summary of the key changes.

Because of this required change, the competence statements within the MPDS/SRS tools will be amended to reflect UK-SPEC 4 on 6 September 2021. This should not affect those who have already completed MPDS/SRS and have submitted their membership applications.

UK-SPEC has not changed structurally: the amendments to the templates are small textual changes, so should not impact evidence or plans lodged against current MPDS reports. When applying for membership, you should review text taken from reports to ensure your responses align with the amended wording of UK-SPEC4.

CPD Tools

    Part of the Career Developer suite, this is a tool for professionally registered members (EngTech, IEng or CEng) to record their experience and professional activity, providing a strong framework for career progression and professional development.

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CPD Case Studies

    We revisit some of the members featured in Institution News. We asked them to share some practical advice based on their own approach to CPD, including examples from their own records.

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