Revalidating professional status
As IChemE reaches the end of its first year of conducting random continuing professional development (CPD) sampling, we wanted to take the opportunity to write a quick refresher on this important topic. If you are a Chartered Member or Fellow of IChemE, you may already have been randomly chosen to complete a form detailing your CPD activity. If so, you may have received feedback from the CPD assessors already, or you should expect to receive this soon. This sampling activity is overseen by IChemE’s Professional Formation Forum (PFF), and I am the PFF member who drives this activity, with support from the IChemE membership team, to ensure compliance with IChemE’s CPD policy, and the requirements of our licencing bodies, such as the Engineering Council and the Science Council.
CPD is an important aspect of good practice within the profession. When you apply to become a Chartered Chemical Engineer, the Competence and Commitment Report requires you to provide details of the CPD you have undertaken in the past two years and to outline your near-term future CPD plans, which are then discussed at interview. Following election, members should have a CPD plan and record the activities they undertake in order to keep their membership and/or registrations current.
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