FEANI affirms that there is an on-going need for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of engineers in Europe. CPD is the core of life-long-learning of professional engineers at all levels of proficiency. It is a prerequisite for the maintenance of high professional standards throughout an engineer’s professional life.
The CPD Committee prepared a Policy and Guidelines document on CPD. It was unanimously approved at the General Assembly in Bucharest, Romania on October 3, 2008. The document summarises FEANI’s views on CPD and gives practical guidelines to National Associations and individual European engineers on CPD.
FEANI Policy on Continuing Professional Development
Approved by FEANI General Assembly
in Lillehammer, Norway, 26 September, 1997
Reviewed version approved by FEANI General Assembly
in Bucharest, Romania, 3 October, 2008
FEANI affirms that there is an on-going need for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of engineers in Europe.
CPD is the acquisition of knowledge, experience and skills, as well as, the development of personal qualities. It contains both the acquisition of new skills, to broaden competence, and the enhancement of existing skills to keep abreast of evolving knowledge.
CPD is the core of life-long-learning of professional engineers at all levels of proficiency. It is a prerequisite for the maintenance of high professional standards throughout an engineer’s professional life.
CPD enables the employability and mobility of individual engineers. It enhances their career in the fast moving world of technology and strengthens their professional satisfaction and well-being. CPD may act as a personal job assurance in the turbulent global job market.
CPD is ultimately the individual’s personal responsibility. However, it has to be planned and it requires the cooperation, encouragement and support of employers, as well as, professional and academic institutions.
CPD is of crucial importance for sustaining the competitiveness of European industry in the global market, where competitive advantage can be gained from the application of high-end skills to leading edge technologies.
In this context, FEANI has outlined the following guidelines:
- Encouragement to the National Member Organisations
- Recommendations for the individual engineers
FEANI CPD GUIDELINES FOR THE NATIONAL MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
FEANI encourages all National Member Organisation and their affiliated organisations to
- Include the promotion of CPD as an important element of the organisation’s mission.
- Establish a CPD policy and communicate it to relevant national institutions and authorities, highlighting the key role of qualified professional engineers for the development of the economy and society.
- Encourage companies, universities, professional organisations and others to invest in CPD for engineers.
- Encourage defined quality in CPD as well as innovative practises in learning.
- Support individual engineers in their personal CPD e.g. by establishing a national CPD committee to promote CPD.
- Communicate Best-Practise in CPD among the National Member Organisations.
- Follow the initiatives on competence recognition, mobility, employability and accreditation of education and CPD e.g. European and National Qualification Framework.
- Make the organisation’s CPD policy, along with the FEANI Guidelines on CPD for Engineers in Europe, available to their members.
FEANI GUIDELINES ON CPD FOR ENGINEERS IN EUROPE
To maintain and develop their professional competence, individual engineers are encouraged to:
- Recognise the importance of CPD for their career, employability and mobility, as well as, their professional satisfaction and well-being at all ages and stages throughout their career.
- Take active ownership of their professional and personal development and invest in CPD. At personal level, establish a Competence Development Plan and a broad idea of a Career Goal.
- With the employer, negotiate a CPD plan which is realistic and in a systematic way builds competences ensuring good execution of tasks and enabling career development.
- Actively work towards realising the CPD plan. Systematically record their CPD activities and achievements so that maintaining and/or developing professional competence can be demonstrated, and if needed, the competence acquired may be assessed and acknowledged.
- Strive for quality in their personal CPD, as well as, the use of a variety of methods e.g. formal courses/programs, academic studies, professional visits, on-the job-learning.
- Keep informed of and respond to the CPD mission, policy of their professional institution and/or National Member Organisation. Use the CPD related services offered by the National Member Organisation.