Professional Development Scheme

 
Professional Development is the systematic maintenance and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional duties throughout the working life. Institute members are under an obligation to maintain and extend their professional knowledge and competencies under the Institute's Membership Code of Conduct.

 

Outline of Scheme

The current scheme aims to encourage members to consider their career and personal development by formulating a personal action plan to help them achieve their objectives. The personal action plan will be individual and may include both technical and non-technical aspects. Members are encouraged to work with their employers in planning their professional development.

When seeking election as MIOA and FIOA, evidence of undertaking CPD is now required to support the application.

Although the IOA scheme is goal based, as a guide, participants should aim for a total of at least 20 hours of CPD activity per year and considerably more for those looking to upgrade membership.

Who should take part?

All members of the Institute should take part in this scheme. There is no additional fee for taking part. The Institute will continue to issue attendance certificates at all conferences and seminars for those members who may wish to use them for other professional bodies or for personal record keeping.

Members are able to upload their CPD records to the IOA website by logging in and selecting My CPD.

Accepting election to Institute membership infers a willingness to practice professional development and members who are seeking upgrade to MIOA or FIOA will be expected to demonstrate this. Members who have Engineering Council registration or who are members of certain other professional bodies are also obliged to do so in order to maintain their status.

The IOA professional development scheme has been updated to include a goal reference on all sheets.  See the following documents for more information.

Click on this link, IOA CPD scheme introduction guidance Aug 2015.pdf to read more about the current IOA Professional Development Scheme.

To see examples of completed CPD records click on these links -

Consultant - Example completed IOA CPD form Aug 2015.pdf

Academic - Example completed IOA CPD form Aug 2015.pdf

To download a Word document containing blank CPD forms for your personal use click on this link, Blank IOA CPD forms Word Aug 2015.doc

To download a Excel document containing blank CPD forms for your personal use click on this link, Blank IOA CPD forms Excel Aug 2015.xls