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CPD: is it a challenge or just a dead duck?

Your 'Comment' (NCE 8 November) rightly challenges the profession about its attitudes and approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
It is important that the public and the Institution's stakeholders have confidence in the ongoing competence of their professionals and it is for that reason that ICE's Rules of Professional Conduct require the Members to: "develop their professional knowledge, skills and competence on a continuing basis."

The Institution has published a very comprehensive and readable guide to CPD: ICE 3006 Continuing Professional Development, which in addition to highlighting activity that constitutes CPD, the breadth of which might come as a pleasant surprise to some, promotes the value of planning and assessing the value of CPD undertaken. We believe that the vast majority of our membership undertakes CPD.

The future challenge will be demonstrating that this is the case particularly where many probably do not realise that they are doing it. Younger members, particularly student members, are in an environment where planning, recording and assessing CPD is second nature.
Attitudes toward CPD will, invariably, be very different in 10 to 20 years time.

We just want to make sure the road towards it is a smooth one.

DAVID LLOYD-ROACH, director of membership, ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, SW1P 3AA

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