Engineering CPD & Professional Development Record

The SOE is committed to its members' career development and in support of this actively promotes lifelong learning in the form of CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

The SOE CPD Policy can be found here
SOE's Continuing Professional Development Policy [PDF - 54kB]

Career development for engineers

Although many engineers and technicians will have achieved a formal education, changes in technology and business practice mean that professional competence must be enhanced on an ongoing basis.

CPD is essential for engineers to maintain and develop professional competence. It helps you learn how to apply your knowledge and understanding and apply professional judgement. Any formal or informal learning activity is recognised as CPD as long as it is business-related and as long you can demonstrate what you have learnt.

Professional Development Record

Evidence of CPD is required for membership and registration with Engineering Council. The SOE has introduced a new tool, called mycareerpath for SOE members that enables you to record your career goals and plan your professional development.

For more information on this service please click the link below:


Examples of CPD

  • Manufacturer and product courses
  • On-the-job learning
  • Private reading and study
  • In-house conferences, etc
  • SOE centre, regional or national events
  • Academic studies including vocational qualifications, e.g. technical; management; contract law; IT/computing; safety; languages
  • Professional institutional committee work
  • Writing of papers and articles
  • Occasional lecturing
  • Distance learning
  • Assisting and supporting others
  • Reading Plant Engineer and Transport Engineer can contribute to your own CPD.

Find out more

For more details or advice please contact the membership department, by email or by telephone on 020 7630 6666.