ICE has launched a new framework of key Continuing Professional Development (CPD) topics that members are strongly recommended to undertake as part of their ongoing development. Members can view the framework here.
ICE's 2018 In Plain Sight report recommended topics covering risk management and public safety in which civil engineers must continue to demonstrate competency if they are to play their role in improving society. The framework has been introduced as a mechanism to do this, but also goes further by adding value in a range of topics to assist members in remaining up-to-date.
As a part of ICE member benefits, CPD activities for each of the topics in the framework will be made available online over the course of 2022.
Furthermore, these topics and activities will be updated each year, the launch of which will be announced on the ICE website.
What do the topics cover?
The framework consists of a section of topics labelled "core", which have cross-cutting relevance to all members.
There are five further discipline-specific sections to the framework that consist of topics from particular industry sectors. Members are invited to self-select from these sections according to which is most relevant to them.
The discipline-specific sections are: engineering, structures and buildings, transport, water and sewage, and maritime.
These selections address key industry challenges such as decarbonisation, climate change, safety, and productivity.
Updated to reflect the needs of society
Chris Burton, chair of ICE's Professionalism Panel, said: "As an industry, and as individual civil engineers, we need to take responsibility for making sure a tragedy like Grenfell never happens again and we must always retain the public's confidence in our profession."
"We must all have a good understanding of the big challenges that society faces, such as climate change and urbanisation, and we must recognise the contemporary landscape in which our profession exists."
He added: "The new framework, and the accompanying learning modules, are the starting point of a programme to offer clearer guidance for members on how to demonstrate they are maintaining their professional development throughout their careers."
"The idea is that the framework content and learning modules are changed regularly to reflect the topics of the day."
Tell ICE what you think
ICE is gathering feedback from members and employers on the relevance of the framework to ensure that the offering can change and evolve according to members' needs.
Any comments about the framework should be sent to ICE on [email protected].