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CPD model could be template

I note that the ICE Council is considering how best to develop and monitor Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for members of the ICE.

A working party has been set up. However, it should be pointed out that a scheme is already in operation within an ICE company and working well.

The Structural Engineers Register (SER) is a joint company set up by the ICE and IStructE. It administers the self-certification of building structures. This operates in Scotland and Jersey. All design companies and design engineers designing building structures in these regions have registered with the scheme.

There are ongoing discussions to extend the scheme throughout England.

The SER scheme requires that all engineers working in the design of building structures, who are registered with the scheme, should submit an annual CPD return.

This should focus on CPD related to structural design issues. These are monitored by the board assessors and action is taken as necessary.

This year, we received CPD returns from over 98% of the membership.

It is appreciated that members are involved in a wide range of activities, not just structural engineering.

Appropriate CPD guidelines would have to be developed to cover each. (Guidelines already exist for the Dams Inspectorate and Health & Safety Register.)

We believe that the SER CPD requirements have been a great benefit to the quality and focus of engineers involved in structural design.

I am sure that what we have learned from the SER Scheme could be used throughout the ICE for the overall benefit of our engineers, and will undoubtedly raise the standards within our Institution.

DOUGLAS MCBETH, mcbeth21@msn.com

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