Continued Professional Development

You have to be prepared...or you’ll be left behind.” 

Technology is advancing so quickly, a robot will be taking your job in the future.” 

How many times have you heard these kinds of things being said to you as you have pursued your career goals? We are guessing too many. How do you keep up to date in the professional engineering landscape? With Continued Professional Development, or CPD

The Engineering Council of the United Kingdom defined CPD back in 1997:

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.” 

Continuing Professional Development can take place when you are a student and later in life when you become a professional practitioner. For the more seasoned engineers, continuing professional development shows that you can, indeed, teach an old dog new tricks

Remaining competent in a career that is always experiencing new development can be difficult. With the right tools, however, it is doable. Perhaps, John Lorriman says it best in his book ‘Continuing Professional Development: A Practical Approach’: “You own the world’s most powerful computer -- your brain.” 

Never Stop Learning

We all have the ability to expand our skill set and learn something new. The learning process, under the umbrella of CPD, never stops - you are always actively seeking new skills. 

Reaching your full potential is something CPD is all about. You may have already obtained your degree, developed all the skills you need and are ready for that new job. But, what happens when you get there and in the next year some new technology comes around? What happens when the younger, newer graduates start mastering this technology in a day, but you seem lost? 

Why CPD is important

Continued Professional Development will help you stay relevant in the ever-changing marketplace. Your professional career will be safeguarded from the rolling changes engineering industries see as technology progresses. In engineering, specifically, it keeps you up to date with the standards within engineering industries. 

Qatar University has assembled a team to design a CPD framework within their institution so that students and graduates capitalize on the importance of CPD. “If we want to grow our own workforce, we have to think about how we improve our graduates’ skills while at university, and also about continued professional development after they graduate and start their employment journey,” said QU’s continuing education officer director Dr. Nitham Hindi, speaking to the Gulf times. 

Continuing professional development is not a mere lackadaisical suggestion anymore, it is something that can be measured with Continuing Education United (CEUs). Nitham says: “CPD used to be measured by hours spent studying, but the trend now is to demand reflection on learning activities of all sorts, and the assessment of their impact on the professional performance.”

At the beginning of 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the United States published a report that said that the average tenure of a working professional is 4.6 years. Therefore, pursuing continued development in your professional career would ensure that you stay relevant in an industry that is constantly changing. With CPD, staying employed past the 4.6 year estimation in cutthroat engineering industries would be possible. 

In many professions around the world today, the competency of practitioners is measured through Professional Development Hours. 

How you can earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

The Engineering Institute of Technology helps you with your continuing professional development throughout your training and your ongoing career. We allow professionals who are in the process of being trained to convert CEUs into PDHs

Our institution offers you education pathways that enable trade certificate or diploma holders to progress towards earning their Masters of Engineering. EIT offers a number of Professional Certificate of Competency courses that allows you to grow your number of earned CEUs. 

Certificate courses run for 12 weeks through live, interactive, online sessions that take informed looks at engineering industries, and cover the current trends therein. They offer the most recent knowledge available in engineering industries today. 

All of this is accomplished with the help of an industry-experienced online instructor. Students who successfully complete a course and its requirements are issued an electronic certificate of competency. Equipped with your updated knowledge from the Engineering Institute of Technology, you will stay abreast with changing engineering protocols and standards that the respective industries require.