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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development
It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you can gain from both formal and informal training.
Our members’ professional competence is of vital importance to the Highways & Transportation Sector which is why all practising CIHT members are expected to undertake CPD and keep a CPD record.
CIHT members are on a continuous professional journey which involves learning and facilitating the learning of others as:
CIHT suggest at least 25 hours of CPD activity in any one year (averaged over 3 years).
Every member’s professional journey is different and may involve a wide range of CPD activities. These can include:
For example, going on formal courses or structured activities, being a tutor, lecturer or teacher, reading and preparing technical papers.
For example, reading / researching articles, informal learning, attending conferences, distance / online learning, further education, relevant voluntary work, or reading sector relevant books.
Reading articles to improve your knowledge and keep up to date
For example, being involved in a professional body (such as being a representative on a committee, being an examiner or mentoring), writing articles or papers, or membership of a specialist interest group and giving presentations at a conference.
For example, reflecting on ‘On-the-job training’ - experiences at work (learning by doing experience) while considering feedback from service users, maintaining or developing specialist skills, In-house courses, carrying out research / analysis, or being a member of a committee.
It is important for our members throughout their professional journey to continuously plan, act, record and reflect upon their development. CIHT encourages our members to:
All CIHT members are obliged to undertake CPD with the exception of Honorary Fellows, Retired Members* and members who are undertaking full-time or part time study which leads to a relevant qualification.
*Retired Members involved in the governance structure including Council, Boards, Panels & Committees and activity such as professional reviews at CIHT are considered professionally active and may be invited to submit evidence of undertaking CPD.
Our members’ professional competence is of vital importance to the Highways & Transportation Sector which is why all practicing CIHT members are expected to undertake CPD and keep a CPD record.
We review a sample of members’ CPD records every year and provide feedback to help those members manage their future professional development. Normally around 800 members are chosen from CIHT's Membership base to take part in the CPD Review each year. At least 10% are professionally active Engineering Council registrants.
80 members are randomly selected to submit a more detailed CPD record to CIHT for review by our CPD Panel. There may be legitimate reasons why a member who is selected for the CPD Review may not be able to submit their CPD record on request. In such a case, the member must contact the Professional Development Officer to explain why they are unable to submit. If a member does not respond to the Survey or Review request, or responds negatively, this constitutes non-compliance with CIHT’s CPD Policy and Code of Professional Conduct, which could result in suspension or withdrawal of membership and loss of professional registration, if the member is registered with the Engineering Council or holds the title Chartered Transport Planning Professional. Fully retired members are not required to participate in the CPD Review.