professional development
Continuing professional development
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a cornerstone to career success and the IOP is passionate about supporting our members in achieving their careers goals and increasing the professionalism of physics and physicists through CPD.

What is CPD?
Lifelong learning is also known as continuing professional development (CPD) and is key to career success. It is the broad term that is often used to describe learning experiences gained post full-time education. As professionals we are continuously learning whether we think of it as CPD or not. However, what turns your learning in to CPD is your ability to reflect on it and apply that learning to your day-to-day role. Reflection can take place anywhere at any time. When reflecting you might want to consider the following: what did I learn? Can I improve/change my working practices as a result of my learning? Can I share my learning experience to benefit others? We call this process reflective practice.

Why engage in CPD?
Whether you are a holder of a professional registration or not, CPD is essential because it help you grow as a professional. It helps you stay relevant in your field and it can help you build a reputation as an expert in your line of work. As a member of the IOP you are expected to undertake CPD regularly, and if you are a holder of a professional registration (i.e. RSciTech, RSci, EngTech, IEng, CEng or CPhys) you are required to undertake and record your CPD in line with the IOP’s CPD policy.

What activities count as CPD?
CPD can be gained at work through training, delivering presentations, producing/presenting papers, peer review, work shadowing/job rotation, supervision, requesting and analysing feedback, as well as obtaining formal qualifications. It can also be developed through networking, coaching and mentoring, online webinars and courses, attending conferences, online talks, actively engaging with your professional body, or volunteering.

As a champion of lifelong learning, IOP has developed a range of resources and activities to support members who wish to further develop their professional skills. We also support employers to offer the very best in training.

How to record CPD?
You can record your CPD online using our tool, My CPD, via the Career Development Hub.

For guidance on how to access and use My CPD, download our guide (PDF, 801KB).

Please note: The mycareerpath tool, accessible via IOPConnect, will be replaced with My CPD  in the near future. If you hold data in mycareerpath you can transfer it to My CPD. If you have any questions, please contact  

How do I maintain my professional registration?
All those professionally registered through the Institute of Physics are required to maintain a continuing professional development (CPD) record. This covers CPhys, CEng, RSci, IEng, RSciTech and EngTech. Find more information on how we monitor your professional registration.

Our tools and resources include:

Career Development Hub
This online hub is designed to support your career development. A member only resource, there's a CV builder, interview simulator, career assessment tools, business management courses, advice on preparing for appraisals and much more... 


Special-interest groups
Demonstrate your passion for your subject and grow your knowledge in a specific area by joining one of the special-interest groups. Each group's activities are tailored to the needs of its members but typically will include: conferences, meetings, newsletters and discussion opportunities as you connect with other like-minded members.


Events and conferences
et involved in events and conferences at exclusive member only discounted rates, which will help you stay abreast of the latest developments while also allowing you to network with your peers. We run conferences covering a range of exciting areas including graphene, quantum physics, astrophysics, and semiconductor research that provide a great platform for broadening your subject knowledge.


IOP Branches
Join our member-led branches who are promoting physics in their local area through lectures, networking events, competitions and physics festivals.

There are many opportunities to get involved in volunteering for example, you can help run a local Branch or subject Group, engage people, support other physicists throughout their careers. If you hold professional registration or Fellow status you can join the appropriate assessment panels. You can give something back whilst you gain new skills.

Careers events and webinars
Throughout the year, we offer a series of career events and webinars which are aimed at supporting your career development as well as employer events to boost recruitment. is an online service which offers a range of opportunities for jobseekers with a background in physics or engineering. Search a comprehensive listing of physics related jobs within a wide range of business and industrial sectors. is a dedicated platform for you to find the latest job roles and recruiter information no matter what stage of your career or job role.

IOP has partnered with HEaTED to offer our members working in technical roles a range of professional development opportunities. Whether you hold professional registration and want to maintain your CPD, or you’re just starting out in your career, there are over 250 specialist technical courses available, with discounts of up to 50% available for IOP members.

Professional registration
The professional registrations offered through IOP are a mark of commitment and professionalism - and are rapidly becoming vital prerequisites for continued employability. Find out more here

Get in touch
Please email or call 020 7470 4800 for further information.



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