Professional Development - Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions deal with the most common questions
raised by members and seeks to provide 'standard' answers. However,
since CPD is very much a personal matter it is impossible to cover
the circumstances for each individual.
Why should I keep records?
IGEM's rules of professional conduct require all members to
maintain and develop their professional competence as technology is
changing all the time. You may no longer be able to rely on your
employer to identify and satisfy individual development needs and
you may well change your job several times during your working
life. You need to take ownership of your career and it's continuing
development. In your own best interests, you should be developing a
personal portfolio of your professional activities and their
relevance to your job competence and your career ambitions.
How much should I do?
Every Engineer will have different goals and requirements
dictated by their individual roles and ambitions. Only you can
decide what is the right amount and type of professional
development for you. Quality is much more important that
quantity. The most important aspect of CPD is the depth of
knowledge and skill that you acquire, i.e the learning outcome,
rather than the number of hours of study which you undertake, i.e
What sort of things count?
Everything that contributes to your learning is considered as
professional development. Whether you are gaining increased
knowledge, developing a new skill or improving your performance or
There are no limitations to the range of subjects that can be
included, although it is recommended that, in order to develop your
expertise on a broad front, you may need to undertake CPD in the
- Developing your technical knowledge and skills in your current
- Broadening your technical knowledge and skills into fields
parallel to your own, thus enabling you to move into another job
should the need or opportunity arise
- Acquisition of non-technical knowledge and skills, e.g
Management techniqies, communication and presentational skills and
knowledge of law (health and safety, environmental, employment),
finance and languages. This prepares you to assume wider or greater
responsibilities when the opportunities arise
How do I go about it?
Professional Development may be achieved in any of the following
ways, depending upon your circumstances, learning style and the
opportunities open to you:
- At home - private reading and study, distance learning, writing
technical papers and articles for presentation or publication
- At work - on the job learning, assisting and supporting others,
vocational qualifications in areas such as contract, law,
management, IT/computing, safety, technical and languages etc.
- At events - presentations, lectures, seminars,conferences and
also formal courses of study, whether or not they lead to an
examination or professional institutional committee work.
Why should I keep records?
It is strongly recommended that you maintain a personal
portfolio. This will assist you in a number of key aspects related
to your career.
- It will provide you with documented evidence of you commitment
to your chosen profession and of your continued competence
- It will act as an excellent reference, both in the updating of
you're your CV and in recalling details of topics you have
- It will be a useful aid in your career development, providing a
means by which you can plan, record and review your relevant
How should I keep my records?
There are a number of ways by which to keep records but the most
usual is using the IGEM PDS system 'mycareerpath'. This self
assessment tool enables you to monitor yourself against agreed
competencies by planning and recording evidence linked to
competencies or longer term goals. You can also have your
assessments, plans, reports and evidence reviewed.
Log in to
'mycareerpath' the online PDS system
IGEM supports and encourages the continual professional
development of all members and organizations in the gas industry
and engineering profession. All registered professional engineers
and engineering technicians are obliged by IGEM's Code of conduct
- Be committed to continuing learning and improvement
- Own their development
- Manage their development in a systematic manner, in particular
through the process of review, plan, action and evaluation
- Provide evidence of their development, when required
- Focus development on achieving outputs, defined through
professional or other competence standards
The above reflects the Engineering Council Code Of Practice on
CPD for registered Engineers by which all registrats must abide.
IGEM members are obliged to maintain their technical and
professional competence and support the development of
Monitoring of members is carried out by random sampling.