Professional Development is a process by which individuals take control of their own learning and development, by engaging in a continuing process of reflection and action.  The process can be both empowering and exciting and can stimulate people to achieve their aspirations and move towards their dreams.

Professional Development provides the opportunity to look at your career progress from a wider perspective.  It challenges us to make time for regular personal reflection and review.  It reminds us that we have the responsibility for developing ourselves rather than pushing the onus on to our managers, peers or others in the organisation.

What is the difference between IPD and CPD?

Early in your career development the focus is on the need to acquire competence and commitment in order to achieve professional recognition.  This phase is known as Initial Professional Development or IPD.  It is also a period when the good habits of a conscientious professional – or maintaining and developing competence – are embedded.

After this, the focus changes to maintaining and enhancing competence and acquiring relevant other competencies in response to job demands and personal aspirations, using learning to open up opportunities for career advancement and business success.  This is known as Continuing Professional Development or CPD.

CPD is all about keeping your hard won skills and knowledge completely up to date. It delivers many professional advantages, but it’s also rewarding on a personal level.  It’s a great way to deepen your interest in your field and develop useful skills that could lead to interesting career decisions.

In this section you will find much helpful information to do with planning, undertaking and recording your CPD.

If you are going to maximise your potential for lifetime employability, it is essential that you maintain high levels of professional competence by continually upgrading your skills and knowledge.

A successful CPD programme will meet the goal of creating an environment that enables you to remain professionally competent throughout your working life.   This is done by providing information and guidance to assist you to develop your expertise in recognising and planning your learning needs, recording the activities which you undertake to satisfy those needs and thus maximise your employability.

You should undertake CPD to enable you to:

  • Be better able to recognise opportunities
  • Be more aware of the trends and directions in technology and society
  • Become increasingly effective in the workplace
  • Be able to help, influence and lead others by your example
  • Be confident in your future employability
  • Have a fulfilling and rewarding career

In addition, there is increasing emphasis on competence.  Many IHEEM members are required to exercise professional engineering judgement, often on matters linked to health and safety.  Only someone who is able to demonstrate ongoing competence will be able to make a reasonable professional judgement.  Recording evidence of CPD will demonstrate an individual’s CPD achievements and is evidence of both their continuing competence and their aim to realise their full potential.

The job market is changing all the time. You may no longer be able to rely on your employer to identify and satisfy individual development needs. Additionally, you may well move jobs four or five times during your working life. Therefore you need to take ownership of your career and its continuing development.

These changes have increased the demands on people in all walks of life to keep documented evidence of their continued competence; and nowhere is this greater than in engineering where technology is advancing so swiftly.   In your own best interests you should be developing a personal portfolio of your professional activities and their relevance to your job competence and your career ambitions.

How CPD benefits you

The benefits of CPD aren’t just felt when you’re going for promotion or upgrading membership. Many employers now value ‘learning agility’ as a core competency. 

  • Build confidence and credibility, you can see your progression by tracking your learning.
  • Earn more by showcasing your achievements. A handy tool for appraisals.
  • Achieve your career goals by focussing on your training and development.
  • Cope positively with change by constantly updating your skill set.
  • Be more productive and efficient by reflecting on your learning and highlighting gaps in your knowledge and experience.

How CPD benefits your organisation

As organisations shift the responsibility for personal development back to the individual, the ability and insight to manage your own professional growth is seen as a key strength.

  • Helps maximise staff potential by linking learning to actions and theory to practice.
  • Helps HR professionals to set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) objectives, for training activity to be more closely linked to business needs.
  • Promotes staff development. This leads to better staff morale and a motivated workforce helps give a positive image/brand to organisations.
  • Adds-value, by reflecting it will help staff to consciously apply learning to their role and the organisation’s development.

Any IHEEM member who wishes to upgrade their membership will be required to provide a copy of their up to date CPD record to show that they have maintained appropriate CPD

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