What is Continuous Professional Development?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the process of recording your professional learning and experiences. As a Member registered with the Engineering Council, you will have to carry out CPD.
CPD advocates the importance of professional development to ensure that you are able to demonstrate your knowledge and experience of up-to-date industry standards and practice.
Why is CPD important?
Continuous Professional Development is compulsory for all members registered with the Engineering Council with the potential risk of losing your Membership of The Welding Institute/registration with the Engineering Council. As of January 2020, your CPD records may be sampled by your institution to ensure they have been kept updated.
What benefits does CPD hold for you as an engineer/Technician?
It is an important source that can be used as a reference when making contacts throughout your career. Having a record of your development (such as CPD) gives your clients, employers or employees confidence and assurance in your competence and ability.
Due to the nature of the engineering industry continuously changing, having an evidenced record of your continued development demonstrates that you are up to date with industry standards.
The Welding Institute offer a certificate for anyone achieving 100 CPD points within a year.
Overall, CPD is a source of competence evidence. Across your engineering career, you will work over a broad variety of topics and projects, but having CPD enables you to keep track of this.
Benefits of carrying out CPD
- ‘mycareerpath’ – is an online tool that The Welding Institute offers for you to record your CPD
- Variety of CPD activities – to make the most of your CPD it is important for you to carry out a range of different CPD activities
- 5% discount on TWI Training and Examination courses – as a member of The Welding Institute, you qualify for a 5% discount on all TWI Training and Examination courses
- Training courses are worth CPD points through completion. Courses containing exams award 2 CPD points per hour of attendance and courses not containing an exam are awarded 1 point per hour of attendance
- Many other activities count as CPD (Please refer to our CPD Information Brochure for more information)
Why is CPD important?
The aim of CPD is to demonstrate that, although you may have finished your formal education, it is important to continually learn and advance your knowledge to ensure that you can evidence your knowledge, at your work, of up-to-date industry standards and practices whilst remaining competent.
Continuous Professional Development Information Brochure:
Check out our Continuous Professional Development Brochure for more information.