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Dobson: CPD is an obligation

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL Development is 'an obligation, not a mandatory requirement for civil engineers,' emphasised ICE's Director General & Secretary Roger Dobson this week.

Responding to last week's report in NCE about the Institution's efforts to promote CPD, he said: 'We are not like (other institutions) where they are trying to make CPD mandatory. We have always taken the view that a professional person has an obligation to look after their own continuing development.

'Professional people want to keep abreast of the developments in their profession. This is one of the reasons why they become professional people - intellectual curiosity,' he added. 'The Institution's aim must be to help members to maintain their reputations and the standing of the civil engineering profession with a positive approach to CPD.'

Dobson emphasised that 'it is up to the Member' to ensure that he or she remained competent within guidance provided by the ICE, which currently suggests at least five days CPD a year.

His remarks coincided with the national launch on Monday of ICE's new publication Continuing Professional Development: A guide for members which will be known as ICE 2008 and replace the ICE 108 form. The introduction to the new guide says it 'has been developed to help you improve our CPD practice', and 'should be used by all members to record and plan their future CPD activities.'

A policy statement declares: 'Members of the Institution have a professional duty to develop the skills and knowledge base of themselves and of other members of the profession.'

And within the 'Definitions and expectations' section ICE 2008 states: 'The ICE also specifies a minimum mandatory Initial Professional Development (IPD) requirement for those preparing for Member, Associate Member or Technician Member Professional Review which must be certified by your supervising civil engineer, mentor or employer (see ICE 2001, 2002, or 2003). CPD is a continuation of this form of activity and as a result you are encouraged to use your Development Action Plan and Personal Development Record to plan and record both your IPD and your CPD.'

The document also points out: 'Members wishing to transfer to Fellowship will also be required to include evidence of their CPD with their application.'

Extra road shows to launch the ICE's new CPD documents around the UK have been announced in addition to those listed last week:

20 October - Leeds.

2 November - Newcastle.

10 November - Pontypridd.

3 December - Birmingham.

25 January - Reading.

2 February - Nottingham.

The roadshow in Glasgow is on 22 October and those for the ALGS in London and the Midlands will be announced shortly.

Mike Winney

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