CPD: Are you ready?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) has perhaps never been more important in the plumbing and heating industry than it is today. With a critical role to play on issues that are top of the government’s priority list, such as the delivery of heat and water efficiency, and with future installation and maintenance practices likely to be very different from those once learned, regularly updating your knowledge, skills and competence adds significant value to your role, respect, and authority.
If you’re already registered with the Engineering Council as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng), CPD is already mandatory and you must, when called upon, be prepared to submit your CPD record. However, all members of the CIPHE are expected to regularly participate in continued learning.
What is CPD?
CPD is a combination of approaches, ideas, and techniques to help manage your learning and growth. The focus of CPD is firmly on results, so it helps to establish goals that you can work towards. That way you can make sure CPD you undertake passes the relevance test – what do I want to achieve and what will help me get there?
One easy way to keep your record up to date is to use mycareerpath facility available on the CIPHE website. (You'll need to be a CIPHE member to use this.) You can upload certificates of attendance at seminars or training events, record visits to exhibitions and trade shows or details of any private reading of technical journals or publications.
If we ever do contact you to ask you to submit your CPD record, we will only require one year’s worth of evidence. If you keep a log for your employer as part of their appraisal system or maintain your record with another professional engineering institution, you can also submit this to the CIPHE to avoid duplicating effort.