CPD Certificate in Professional Engineering

CPD Certificate in Professional Engineering

Programme Overview

The transition from University or college life to the world of work requires substantial application and attention. The CPD Certificate in Professional Engineering has been specifically designed in partnership with leading employers to allow recent graduates (up to 12 months out) to get to grips quicker with the professional standards expected of those working in engineering-led teams and organisations.  Participants will understand what is expected of them, how they should behave and what they can do to accelerate their professional development and career prospects.

For graduates looking to optimise professional performance.

  • Award: CPD Certificate in Professional Engineering (NFQ Level 9, 5 ECTS)
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Commences:DUBLIN - October 2020 & LIMERICK - November 2020 - Also available as an in-company programme
  • Pricing:Member rate €1,550.00 


Programme Content

1. Essential Skills of a Future Professional

From full-time study to the place of work
Learning how to learn
Collaboration and teamwork
Ethics in Engineering
Professionalism in the workplace

2. Time Management/Organisational Skills

3. Communication/Presentation Skills

4. Introduction to Project Management

5. Technical Report Writing

6. Innovations in Excel for Engineers


Aims and Objectives

Participants will gain confidence about their future and begin a structured approach to their professional development.

Employers will see their graduates meet professional standards, adopt a structured approach to Learning & Development and manage their time and work-load better as well as improving their interactions with colleagues and clients.

The specific learning objectives are to provide recent graduates with:

• An understanding of the required approaches and behaviours of a new recruit to an engineering-led organisation
• Techniques for ensuring work is delivered on time
• Methods for handling negativity or disappointment and seeking constructive feedback to learn from
• Frameworks for foreseeing likely issues, asking appropriate questions and identifying solutions along with problems
• An appreciation of the nature and importance of team-work, liaising with clients and contributing to projects managed by other colleagues
• The environment to practice and improve communications, technical writing and analytical skills
• The skills and tools to optimise Excel as a valuable aid for professional engineering
• An awareness of appropriate dress, use of language, respect for others etc.

Programme Structure

Participants will be guided by experienced engineers as their tutors, and will meet like-minded peers.

Six core classroom-based modules are delivered on a monthly basis (September to February) at a convenient location. Class modules are supplemented via an on-line Learning Management System. Participants will be expected to consider and prepare course-work in advance of each of the six modules in order to maximize learning. A short reflective paper will be completed for each module to ascertain learning acquired and how it can be applied in the workplace.

All participants complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) questionnaire. This helps learners identify: their particular talents and strengths; how others may see them as well as their potential areas for growth.

Tutor Details

Name Specialist Areas Module
Phil Kildea Education & Professional Development Essential Skills of a Future Professional
Tiernan Ivory Report Writing Skills, Time Management, Chairing Meeting & Presentation Skills Time Management/ Organisational Skills
Conor O'Connell Organisational Behaviour; Communication & Presentation Skills Communication/ Presentation Skills
Declan Cunningham Project Management; Statistical Analysis; Problem Solving An Introduction to Project Management
Tiernan Ivory Report Writing Skills;  Time Management;  Chairing Meeting & Presentation Skills Technical Report Writing 
John McGrath Microsoft Applications Innovations in Excel for Engineer
Education & Professional Development

Phil Kildea is a trainer, business mentor and executive coach with 20 years’ training experience. He works with clients from a broad range of industries in the Private and Public sectors. He has several qualifications including a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Studies (1st Class Hons), a Graduateship in Marketing from MII, a National Diploma in Personnel Management, Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching, and Certificates in Training and Continuing Education. Phil is a certified NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and also lectures part time in Business Policy for the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

Time Management & Technical Report Writing

Tiernan Ivory is one of Ireland’s foremost CPD consultants for engineers, with fifteen years’ lecturing, training and facilitation experience. He has worked with Engineers Ireland since 1999 in enhancing engineers’ technical writing and time management skills. He holds an MA in English from University College Dublin and a Certificate in Training and Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth. Prior to his university studies he trained as a chartered accountant.

Communication Skills

Conor O’Connell has twenty years’ experience in designing and implementing OD interventions with blue chip clients in Ireland and around the world. Currently working with Microsoft, Wyeth Medica, J&J, Oracle, Pfizer, Abbott, GEHealthcare, Accenture, EMC, British Telecom, West LB Bank among many others. The working relationship with these clients in some cases goes back over fifteen years. He has presented, consulted and delivered workshops in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and New Zealand.   He is a partner and Master Trainer with the Time Manager International group (TMI) and runs their Irish operation.

An Introduction to Project Management

Declan Cunningham is one of Ireland's top tutors on the subject of Project Management for engineers. He brings more than 25 years national and international experience as a senior-level Project Manager himself. He completed a Masters Degree in Project Management in the University of Limerick (UL) and now develops and delivers numerous project management training projects with the Centre for Project Management and Engineers Ireland.

Excel for Beginners

John McGrath has over 12 years’ training experience specialising in Microsoft applications and having now delivered in excess of 3,000 training courses, many of them for leading engineering employers.  A testimony of John’s expertise is that fact that he is now Microsoft Project consultant for the United Nations Framework conventions for climate change based in German where John will be advising on the implementation, using Excel and other packages, of global project plans.


Participants will perform at their best in the workplace, gaining both an understanding of professional engineering standards and confidence about their career.

Award: CPD Certificate in Professional Engineering (NFQ Level 9, 5 ECTS)

The programme is recognised for CPD in accordance with Engineers Ireland CPD guidelines.