Continuing Professional Development
As professionals, engineers are expected to keep current on the latest advances in technology, materials, standards and practices. This expectation, and the engineer's duty to only undertake engineering work for which they are fully competent, are enshrined in Engineers Canada's Code of Ethics.
Graduation from an accredited undergraduate engineering program provides aspiring engineers with the knowledge and tools they need to enter the profession successfully. However, it is by no means the last step in an engineer's education. Life-long learning has always been a requirement for professionals. This has become increasingly essential with the rapid introduction of new technologies, and the advances occurring in scientific and engineering knowledge.
Engineering's regulatory associations have implemented various methods of assisting and evaluating the professional competence of engineers on an ongoing basis following registration and/or assisting members in professional development. To facilitate this process, Engineers Canada has developed a national guideline on continued competence, Guideline on continuing professional development and Continuing Competence for Professional Engineers, which outlines the responsibilities of engineers, the regulatory associations and ordre, technical societies, and educational institutions. The guideline expresses widely accepted principles, and is intended as a model to help the regulatory associations/ordre develop jurisdiction specific approaches to ensure the continued competence of professional engineers, and other related professionals, following their initial licensure.