My CPD

CPD Policy

Engineers Ireland has developed a new CPD Policy. This policy is effective from January 1 2017. This policy emphasises the importance of CPD in maintaining and enhancing standards and competences. The policy has been introduced in line with CPD best practice and with the best practices of other professional bodies. According to the CPD Policy all non-student members are required to undertake and record 35 hours’ CPD each year. Read the full CPD Policy (PDF).

What counts as CPD?

When accounting for your CPD activities you should keep in mind that CPD includes a wide variety of learning activities, many of which are free. You should ask yourself “Does this learning activity contribute to my professional development?” If the answer is yes, then it counts as CPD. Engineers Ireland has identified 6 types of CPD:

  1. Work-based learning
  2. Professional bodies activities
  3. Self-directed learning
  4. Mentoring and Coaching
  5. Courses, seminars and conferences
  6. Further Education

For further details on the different types of CPD activities, read What counts as CPD? (PDF)

My CPD

Engineers Ireland has developed My CPD – an online recording tool to facilitate the recording of CPD activities. Members can access Engineers Ireland’s My CPD through their profile on the Engineers Ireland website. My CPD will allow members to refer to, download and print their CPD records throughout their career no matter where they are. To discover how you use My CPD, watch our video guide: Using Engineers Ireland’s My CPD.

Declarations Explained

The Declarations section of My CPD is available from the 1st February of the current year.

Once you have adhered to the CPD Policy you will need to make your CPD Declaration for the year. You can adhere to the CPD Policy in one of three ways.
  1. For most members that means undertaking and recording a minimum of 35 hours’ CPD activities.
  2. For those members who work for a CPD Accredited Employer, a special dispensation is available.
  3. Finally for members who under certain circumstances are unable to undertake 35 hours CPD, they can request an exemption.

How do I make my CPD Declaration for these three scenarios?

  1. When you have completed your 35 hours’ CPD you will receive a message stating that you can now declare. You click on the “Declare” icon that becomes available when you have reached 35 hours or select “I have recorded my required hours” from the CPD Declarations section. You are then brought to the relevant CPD Declaration page. Here you are reminded of the Code of Ethics you agreed to upon joining Engineers Ireland. You can then click “I agree” and you will receive confirmation that you have completed your CPD Declaration for the year. No further action is required but you can continue to record further CPD activities.
  2. If you work for a CPD Accredited Employer you may choose to make your CPD Declaration once you have already recorded 35 hours’ CPD with your employer. At that point you can select “I work for a CPD Accredited Employer” from the CPD Declarations section. You are then brought to the relevant CPD Declaration page. You enter the name of your employer. You are then required to upload a document from your employer detailing those activities. This can be an excel file, a word document, a PDF, etc. You are reminded of the Code of Ethics you agreed to upon joining Engineers Ireland. You can then click “I agree” and you will receive confirmation that you have completed your CPD Declaration for the year. No further action is required but you can continue to record further CPD activities on My CPD if you wish.
    Watch the video: Dispensation for members working for a CPD Accredited Employer
  3. If you are applying for an exemption from meeting the CPD requirement you will still need to make a CPD Declaration. In the CPD Declaration section you select “I request an exemption”. You are then brought to the relevant CPD Declaration page. You can select the reason why you are requesting an exemption. You are reminded of the Code of Ethics you agreed to upon joining Engineers Ireland. You can then click on “I agree”. You will receive the following statement, “You have requested an exemption due to (and the reason why)”. No further action is required but you may record CPD activities using My CPD if you wish.
    Watch the video: Retired member requesting an exemption

FAQs

What is a CPD Activity title?
This is the name that identifies the learning activity. It could be a course title, the name of a site visit, a work presentation or a professional body committee meeting.

Can I record an activity that I have begun but yet to finish?
You cannot enter activities that you are planning to do in the future, only activities that you have completed. For an activity that takes place over a period of time you can record it in stages. For example, January 5th – March 10th, module 1 of a Diploma course, and then March 14th – May 26th module 2, etc.

What is CPD Time Spent?
This is the amount of time you devoted to that learning activity. You can count a maximum of 35 hours for one activity. If an activity is more than 35 hours you will need to break it down to component parts. The minimum time period you can use is 30 minutes. Engineers Ireland suggests that Self-directed learning should count for no more than a maximum of 14 hours of your annual total. Members should aim to undertake a balance of CPD activities across the different CPD categories.

What is a CPD type?
There are many different learning activities that count as CPD. Engineers Ireland has identified 6 types of CPD:

  1. Work-based learning
  2. Professional bodies activities
  3. Self-directed learning
  4. Mentoring and Coaching
  5. Courses, seminars and conferences
  6. Further Education

For further details on the different types of CPD activities, read What counts as CPD? (PDF)

Watch the video: CPD Types and sub-types Explained

What is a CPD sub-type?
Each CPD type can be further broken down into sub-types. For example, Work-based learning can include sub-types such as a work presentation or demo, formal induction training or workplace knowledge sharing activities. For further details on the different types and sub-types of CPD activities, read What counts as CPD? (PDF)

What is a CPD Provider Organisation?
This is the organisation that provides the CPD activity, so it could be your employer, a professional body such as Engineers Ireland, a training provider, the source of self-directed learning such as a professional journal or website, etc.

What is a competence?
A competence is a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge, skills and attitudes for achieving observable results. Engineers Ireland has categorised competences for different membership grades – Chartered Engineer, Associate Engineer, Engineering Technician.

This feature may be useful if you are planning to apply for a professional title with Engineers Ireland. You can read more on the Registered Titles page.

You can add up to a maximum of 3 competences with an individual CPD activity.

This field is not compulsory.

Watch the video: Competences explained

Competences explained (PDF)

What is Verification?
Verification is any document or link that you may wish to use as support for a CPD activity. It could be a certificate of attendance or achievement for a course or a link to a Journal article. You can add PDF and JPG documents of up to 3MB.

Export CSV
This is available in the My Records section once you have recorded an activity.

You can export a record of your CPD Activities to you own computer to share/print.

View a sample CPD record (XLS)