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CPD will be mandatory by 2009 says ICE

MANDATORY CONTINUING Professional Development (CPD) for civil engineers could become a reality from as early as 2009, ICE membership director David Lloyd-Roach said this week.

CPD could also be monitored and assessed using an online CPD recording system, held by the ICE.

ICE members are currently obliged to undertake at least fi ve days CPD a year, although the Institution does not monitor content or quality.

The move was welcomed by construction training body CITB Construction Skills, which wants to use CPD to drive improvements in civil engineers' health and safety training.

CITB head of health, safety and environment Kevin Fear said that monitoring CPD would ensure that health and safety training could also be assessed.

He argued that civil engineers only had to meet two health and safety objectives out of 22 to become professionally qualified.

The number of health and safety related ICE objectives has also decreased from three to two in the past year, he said.

'This could give the impression that health and safety is being downgraded.' But Lloyd Roach argued that consolidating core objectives did not mean lowering standards.

Fear said that more emphasis on health and safety was needed within the ICE's core objectives.

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