Professional Development

The Institution recognises two types of professional development:

Initial Professional Development (IPD) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Initial Professional Development.

IPD comprises the acquisition and development of the specialist knowledge and skills (and their practical application) that are needed to practise as a structural engineer.

It bridges the gap between a student’s educational base and attaining professional qualifications. The Institution defines IPD in terms of core objectives, which are defined to minimum standards.

You can find out more about IPD and how to become a registered IPD company by visiting our IPD section.


Continuing Professional Development

CPD is the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skill and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout the practitioner's working life.

You can find out more about CPD and how it will help develop your career by visiting our CPD section.

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