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

Antony Oliver raised the matter of compulsory CPD in his editorial (NCE 8 November), to which I noticed that nobody has responded! May I
suggest that this was because CPD is considered a dead duck at the Civils and the Institution does not know how to handle it?
I would guess very few members actually make annual CPD returns to the ICE as there is no incentive to become involved after they qualify. Of course many will have their own CPD programmes – as any responsible professionals should – but I suggest that the ICE has no idea who they are or what they are doing.

The IStructE introduced a CPD recording system some 11 years ago which works very well. I was responsible for helping to design and implement it. This recognises that the membership has a very diverse spectrum of skills and career paths and encourages the individual member to self evaluate themselves every year.

Having made their assessment, they record it (on line or by hard copy) and lodge it with the Institution, which looks it over to check that it is "credible" and then the member gets a "CPD" (approved) designation against their name in the yearbook.

This tells the world – and clients and lawyers! – whether the member is at least trying to keep abreast of developments in their chosen field or a field in which they wish to develop their competence.

BRIAN CLANCY (F), brian.clancy@btinternet.com

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