Continuing Professional Development

What is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development

It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you can gain from both formal and informal training.

Our members’ professional competence is of vital importance to the Highways & Transportation Sector which is why all practising CIHT members are expected to undertake CPD and keep a CPD record.


CPD Sample

If you have been selected to submit your CPD record in the 2019 CPD cycle, please download the below form and submit the completed by 29 May 2020 to:


Why is CPD Important?

CIHT members are on a continuous professional journey which involves learning and facilitating the learning of others as:

  • To demonstrate up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to practice
  • To serve society by advancing the science and art associated with Highways and Transportation
  • Necessary to ensure compliance with our Code of Conduct and for Engineering Technicians, Incorporated Engineers and Chartered Engineers to observe the CPD Code for registrants of the Engineering Council


What are the benefits of CPD?

  • Increase capacity and commitment to lifelong learning
  • Encourage leaning in a variety of topics
  • Increase resilience to changes in the industry
  • Encourage reflection of business / personal objectives
  • Enhance career prospects


How many CPD hours do CIHT recommend

CIHT suggest at least 25 hours of CPD activity in any one year (averaged over 3 years).


How can CIHT help you gain CPD?

Every member’s professional journey is different and may involve a wide range of CPD activities. These can include:

Formal Education

For example, going on formal courses or structured activities, being a tutor, lecturer or teacher, reading and preparing technical papers.

Undertaking a formal qualification

Attending a leadership / management course

Self-Directed Learning

For example, reading / researching articles, informal learning, attending conferences, distance / online learning, further education, relevant voluntary work, or reading sector relevant books.

Attending professional events, lectures, seminars etc

Researching a subject to increase your knowledge

Reading articles to improve your knowledge and keep up to date

Relevant Voluntary Work

Reading Relevant Publications

Professional Activity

For example, being involved in a professional body (such as being a representative on a committee, being an examiner or mentoring), writing articles or papers, or membership of a specialist interest group and giving presentations at a conference.

Become a member

Membership of a specialist interest group

Become a Mentor

Become a mentor


Become a Reviewer

Work based learning

For example, reflecting on ‘On-the-job training’ - experiences at work (learning by doing experience) while considering feedback from service users, maintaining or developing specialist skills, In-house courses, carrying out research / analysis, or being a member of a committee.


How CIHT can help you manage your CPD

It is important for our members throughout their professional journey to continuously plan, act, record and reflect upon their development. CIHT encourages our members to:

  • Plan how you will meet your learning and development needs through appropriate CPD which is relevant and set out in your Professional Development Plan
  • Act on your plan by undertaking at least 25 hours of CPD activity in any one year (averaged over 3 years)
  • Record your CPD activity in an appropriate form
  • Reflect upon your professional development activity, needs and objectives regularly


Tools to help you record your CPD


If you are a CIHT member you can record your CPD and develop your PDP using a system called mycareerpath

MyCareerPath is an on-line system that CIHT members can use to record their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.
MyCareerPath can also be used by those working towards a professional qualification (EngTech, IEng, CEng or TPP) to record evidence of Initial Professional Development against the relevant competency standards.

Launch mycareerpath

Paper Records Route

If you prefer to keep paper records, you can use our CPD Activities Record Sheet template



All CIHT members are obliged to undertake CPD with the exception of Honorary Fellows, Retired Members* and members who are undertaking full-time or part time study which leads to a relevant qualification. 
*Retired Members involved in the governance structure including Council, Boards, Panels & Committees and activity such as professional reviews at CIHT are considered professionally active and may be invited to submit evidence of undertaking CPD. 

Our members’ professional competence is of vital importance to the Highways & Transportation Sector which is why all practising CIHT members are expected to undertake CPD and keep a CPD record. We review a sample of members’ CPD records every year and provide feedback to help those members manage their future professional development. Normally around 800 members are chosen to take part in the CPD Review each year by responding to a CPD survey. 10% of survey respondents are randomly selected to submit their CPD record to CIHT for review by our CPD Panel. There may be legitimate reasons why a member who is selected for the CPD Review may not be able to submit their CPD record on request. In such a case, the member must contact the Professional Development Officer to explain why they are unable to submit. If a member does not respond to the Survey or Review request, or responds negatively, this constitutes non-compliance with CIHT’s Code of Professional Conduct which could result in suspension or withdrawal of membership and loss of professional registration, if the member is registered with the Engineering Council or holds the title Chartered Transport Planning Professional. Fully retired members are not required to participate in the CPD Review.


Help and Support

If you have any further questions regarding CPD please contact the education department +44 (0)20 7336 1571 or by email