What is professional development?

The term professional development is used to refer to the mix of formal qualifications, specialized training and learning activities that individuals undertake in order become professionally competent, or to maintain and improve that competence. 

As the professional engineering institution (PEI) for gas, our core aim is to help all those involved with gas to achieve and maintain the highest standards of professional competence in order to ensure their safety and the safety of their colleagues, customers and the general public.

All of the activities that we engage in are designed to share knowledge and best practice as a means of contributing to the professional development of each and every gas engineer and manager who interacts with us.

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

We are licensed by the Engineering Council to award the professional titles Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech) to individuals who can demonstrate that they have met the required level of professional competence as defined in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

As part of this process we split learning activities into two categories; Initial Professional Development (IPD) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). IPD refers to learning that is acquired prior to an individual becoming a professionally registered CEng, IEng or EngTech. CPD refers to learning activities that all gas engineers and managers engage in as a means of maintaining their professional competence.