Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is the means by which professionals maintain, broaden and deepen their knowledge, skills and competency. It helps develop the personal qualities required for their working lives. Skills, knowledge and experience can be gained both formally and informally. CPD is not necessarily about completing formal courses and attending events, and in fact for most people, formal training courses will often form only a small part of their annual CPD activity. CPD activities can come in many forms, including but not exclusively:

  • self-directed learning such as reading books, journals and articles, internet research, attending local events/seminars or online events
  • professional activity such as mentoring, membership interviewing, supporting local Member Groups or Special Interest Groups
  • training (formal/educational) - such as gaining academic/professional qualification via a professional body or attending third party/external training providers
  • work based learning such as learning by doing the job, in-house learning activities (face to face or e-learning), work shadowing, short term secondments etc


IChemE CPD Policy

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