- Initial Professional Development
Professional developmentmay be separated into two distinct phases, Continuing Professional Developmentand Initial Professional Development.
Initial Professional Development (IPD) is defined by the UK Initial Professional Development Forum [The UK Initial Professional Development (IPD) Forum http://www.ukipdforum.co.uk/] as "a period of development during which an individual acquires a level of
competencenecessary in order to operate as an autonomous professional". Professional bodiesmay recognise the successful completion of IPD by the award of chartered or similar status.
Institute of Mathematics and its Applicationsdefines IPD [The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications http://www.ima.org.uk/Professional/ipd.html] as "a pattern of learning undertaken by a graduate mathematician to develop the range of skills and competenciesneeded to achieve professional status".
Institution of Structural Engineers[The Institution of Structural Engineers http://www.istructe.org/membership/db/340.asp] states that "Initial Professional Development (IPD) comprises the acquisition and development of the specialist knowledge and skills, and their practical application, that are needed to practise as a structural engineer. It bridges the gap between your educational base and attaining professional qualifications. The Institution defines IPD in terms of Core Objectives, which are defined to minimum standards".
Institute of Mechanical Engineersstates that Initial Professional Development builds upon academic skills and leads to registration as a Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer. IPD must be challenging and based upon the level of educational achievement reached. It can be undertaken prior to, during or after the completion of a course of study.
Chartered Engineer (UK)
* [http://www.engc.org.uk/ The Engineering Council UK]
* [http://www.etechb.co.uk/ The Engineering and Technology Board]
* [http://www.imeche.org/profdev/ipd The Institution of Mechanical Engineers]
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