Plan Your Continuing Professional Development

Plan how you will meet your learning and development needs through appropriate CPD which is relevant and set out in your Professional Development Plan.


Creating a Professional Development Plan (PDP)

A PDP is a short planning document, compiled by you, which should:

  • Examine your current CPD needs
  • Look at how your CPD needs can be met
  • Identify your objectives

Your organisation may have an appraisal system that covers similar areas to the PDP. You may want to consider using your existing career plan or curriculum vitae to create your PDP or your PDP may be a useful tool in preparing for your own appraisal.

What questions should I be addressing in my PDP?

  • Where am I now?
  • Where am I going?
  • How will I get there?

SMARTER objectives for your PDP

When you are producing a PDP you should assess whether you are objectives are SMARTER by considering:

Specific:  Your current role and the skills you need to do this successfully and competently and future aspirations.  What changes are likely to take place in the next few years and how can I prepare?
Measured: You will need to set out a measure of success to demonstrate that your objectives have been achieved.  Your CPD should be recorded as evidence.
Achievable:  Prioritising what areas you need to target for your CPD and how these are achievable through relevant CPD activity.
Realistic: Identifying your realistic short and long-term ambitions.
Time-bound: Working out and defining the time needed to achieve your ambitions.
Evaluated:    Looking at your current professional responsibilities and to the future.  Whether you should strengthen existing skills or develop new skills?
Reviewed: Your CPD requirements should be regularly reviewed by you to respond to changing needs, challenges and opportunities.


If you are a CIHT member you can record your CPD and develop your PDP using a system called mycareerpath. 

MyCareerPath is an on-line system that CIHT members can use to record their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.
MyCareerPath can also be used by those working towards a professional qualification (EngTech, IEng, CEng or TPP) to record evidence of Initial Professional Development against the relevant competency standards.

Please follow the link below to access the tool.



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