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Professional development

With the emphasis today on ensuring competent people the issue of continuing professional development (CPD) has never been more important. Regardless of whether you are at the start, middle or towards the end of your career, as a professional engineer you need to continuously consider your competence and be thinking about what you need to do to develop and maintain it.  The IRSE has published a helpful Guide on best practice for planning and recording your CPD, which supports the Institution's CPD Policy. We strongly recommend that you read both - follow the links on the righthand side of this page.

Everyone’s CPD needs are different and will depend on where you are now; your ambitions and career aspirations.  Keeping up to date with new technology is just one aspect of your development that you need to consider; engineers may also need to develop their management, teamwork, project management and communication skills to name just a few.

As well as attending seminars, conferences and training courses, development of your competences can also be achieved through other means; examples include independent structured learning, undertaking challenging projects and supporting the development of others. The IRSE can also support your CPD through the following:

IRSE events
IRSE provides various ways of improving the CPD of its members such as technical meetings and visits, technical conventions, seminars and conferences. Further details can be found in the Events section of this website.

IRSE publications
IRSE has a monthly magazine, IRSE NEWS, sent to all members, which contains technical articles about new and existing train control and telecommunications systems. There are also various of text books on systems and practices which can be obtained from the IRSE online shop.

IRSE Knowledge page 
The Knowledge area of this web-site is regularly updated and includes the latest news, recent, presentations, technical papers and in some cases video recordings from meetings and seminars.

The IRSE offers a Mentoring Scheme to help members to develop their professional competence, achieve their learning objectives and enhance their non-technical skills through mentoring provided by more experienced members.

Members who are registered with the Engineering Council as either CEng, IEng or EngTech by IRSE, or any other recognised Institution, are required by the Engineering Council to undertake and record their CPD. These records will be subject to random monitoring and evaluation from January 2017. 

You can record your CPD in a number of ways:

  • IRSE recommends the use of the online tool Mycareerpath
  • If you prefer you can download paper copies of the Mycareerpath templates and maintain manual records of your CPD
  • Your company may have its own CPD recording systems, paper or electronic that you can use
  • If you are an IRSE Licence Holder, then you can use your logbook for CPD recording.
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