Initial Professional Development (IPD)

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Initial Professional Development (IPD) is part of your journey towards professional membership of the Institution.

IPD is a record of your working life that demonstrates you have acquired the experience, knowledge and skills that are needed to practice as a structural engineer.


What’s involved?

To complete your IPD you need to demonstrate that you have satisfied our 13 core objectives (12 if you’re applying for Technician Membership).

You will also need to provide a portfolio of your work.

We will then assess your IPD through a Professional Review interview (an Interview may not be required if you are applying for Technician Membership).

There is no set time period in which you should expect to complete your IPD, but most members do so after at least four years’ workplace experience.


Our IPD core objectives:

The objectives for Chartered and Associate-Members cover personal (1.0), engineering (2.0) and management (3.0) skills.

There is a slightly different set of core objectives for Technician Members.

You need to demonstrate the following standards for the relevant objective:

Appreciation – general appreciation of subject and its integration with other subjects

Knowledge – understanding of the subject and its application

Experience – able to perform independently or under supervision

Ability – able to perform independently

Important Notice - if you are planning your first interview in 2023, please read the New IPD Regulations and begin to prepare your documents accordingly.

Explore our information downloads to determine how to meet your objectives.


Our three IPD routes:


Retrospectively Collated

You demonstrate that you have satisfied our core objectives by completing and submitting IPD final report forms along with a portfolio of work.


Individually Managed:

You’re responsible for managing your own training with the assistance of a mentor. 

You keep records of your training and experience using our IPD quarterly report form and progress summary record. You have regular meetings with your mentor to review your progress.

Once you have satisfied our objectives you complete and submit your final report forms, your quarterly report forms, your progress summary records and your portfolio of work.


Accredited Training Scheme

You are already following a comparable professional development scheme accredited by ICE or HKIE

You submit your full training records and portfolio of work to demonstrate how you satisfy our core objectives.


IPD forms

When you're ready to apply for professional membership you'll need to fill out IPD final report forms for each of your core objectives.

If you're following the Individually Managed route you'll need to complete a quarterly report form and progress summary record too. All forms are available as downloads below.


IPD portfolio

Your portfolio illustrates how your work and experience have helped you meet your core objectives. For interviews held in 2021 applicants will have the option of submitting an E-portfolio or a paper portfolio.

It should include examples of your work from a variety of projects. The portfolio must be sub-divided into the core objectives, with the evidence provided relating specifically to an objective.

Paper portfolios should be A4 size and not more than 40 mm (single-sided) or 25 mm (double-sided) in thickness, excluding the folder/binding. The font size should be no smaller than Arial 9.

E-portfolios must be a single PDF of up to a maximum of 300 pages including drawings, sketches, and any calculations. The font size used in your portfolio and IPD final report forms must be no smaller than Arial 10. Further information on the E-portfolio can be found in the guidance document below.

E-portfolio Guidance

Online training to supplement your IPD

<h4>Professional Review Interview on-demand preparation course</h4>

Professional Review Interview on-demand preparation course

Videos and practical guidance to help you build your portfolio and prepare for interview.

Exam preparation
<h4>CM Exam on-demand preparation course</h4>

CM Exam on-demand preparation course

Created for members who are considering or have started their journey to Chartered Membership. The on-demand course will take you through an example CM Exam paper section by section, and you'll have access for 12 months.

Certificate in Structural Behaviour

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