CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL Development (CPD) could become a condition of remaining a chartered civil engineer, president Joe Dwyer told a meeting of senior UK businessmen last month.
Announcing that the Institution was to set up a working party to evaluate the benefits of compulsory CPD, Dwyer revealed: 'It is vital that engineers can demonstrate to others that they are keeping up with the relevance of the profession and I personally am in favour of making CPD mandatory.'
Dwyer continued: 'Industry is facing a chronic shortage of professional engineers and the scope of CPD should be broadened to reflect our diversity into areas such as management, finance and information technology.'
Although generally favourable, the meeting questioned whether employers or employees should shoulder the cost and responsibility for such continuous programmes.
One leading consultant suggested that making CPD compulsory would increase company bureaucracy and cost. On these grounds it was of little worth, he argued.