The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 64 (1986) > Issues > Issue 9 > Continuing Professional Development - But no Compulsion
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Continuing Professional Development - But no Compulsion

Continuing professional development has become a major preoccupation in engineering, and structural engineers are rightly concerned how best to meet the needs of a changing world. Many must now accept that the role for which they were originally trained will be wholly outdated within 20 years. For some, this is only partly relevant because their developing career in any case obliges them to adapt to changing circumstances. For others, who in the past could expect reasonable continuity in their tasks, retraining is the only way of avoiding severe disappointment. Even for those whose work bears similarity with the tasks for which they were trained, knowledge keeps increasing, and they must keep up with developments to maintain technical competence. S.B. Tietz