Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the School of Mining & Petroleum Engineering

PD and IDP

The University of Alberta considers professional development (PD) to be an important component of any graduate student’s program of studies, and it is a mandatory requirement for graduate students admitted in September 2016 and onwards.


The Professional Development (PD) requirement consists of two components:

  1. Individual Development Plan (IDP) workbook
  2. Professional Development activities

Although it is strongly suggested that students complete the PD Requirement within the first year of their program, the Department’s mandatory deadlines to complete the PD requirement and submit the necessary PD documents to the Graduate Program Office are the following:

  • For MSc students: Before scheduling the MSc defense
  • For MEng students: Before completing the program (and typically before completing the capstone project)
  • For PhD students: Before scheduling the PhD Candidacy exam

 

If you were admitted during the 2016/17 academic year, you should complete the Individual Development Plan (IDP) and 8 hours of professional development activities to meet the PD requirement.  Please follow the steps below to meet the PD requirement:

Step 1: Complete Individual Development Plan (IDP workbook) – you can find and download the IDP workbook on the right-hand side of the page.

 

Step 2: Complete 8 hours of PD activities as mandated by FGSR.

Helpful Links:  Professional Development Opportunities Guide by FGSR
                        Professional Development Events and Workshops
                        PD Programming & Events 2019-2020

 

Step 3: Submit the PD documents to your Supervisor (for MSc and PhD) or the Group Coordinator (for MEng). The following documents and forms must be submitted to your Supervisor or the Group Coordinator.

  • Individual Development Plan (IDP workbook)
  • IDP/PD Completion form
  • Proof of all PD activities you have completed (e.g., certificate of completion, confirmation of attendance, etc.). *Note: The Department prefers an email confirmation of attendance or completion as a proof since FGSR is no longer signing the paper copy of the Declaration of Attendance. For PD sessions/workshops no email confirmation is given, we still accept a paper copy of the Department's Declaration of Attendance as proof of attendance or completion.


Step 4: Submit all completed and signed documents and forms to the Graduate Program Office for the Graduate Associate Chair’s approval.

 

Since Fall 2017, the Faculty of Engineering requires training in preparation of a student’s Individual Development Plan (IDP) and 4 hours of career development workshops provided by the Faculty of Engineering as well as 8 hours required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR).

If you were admitted in Fall 2017 or anytime after, you must meet the PD requirement through the completion of two virtual courses available through e-class: ENG GRAD PD 01 and ENG GRAD PD 02. Please follow the steps below to meet the PD requirement:

Step 1: Complete ENGG GRAD PD 01 requirement – Individual Development Plan (IDP workbook) and 4 hours of PD activities as mandated by the Faculty of Engineering.

Link to the list of acceptable PD activities pre-approved by the Faculty of Engineering.

 

Step 2: Complete ENGG GRAD PD 02 requirement – 8 hours of PD activities as mandated by FGSR.

Helpful Links:  Professional Development Opportunities Guide by FGSR
                        Professional Development Events and Workshops
                        PD Programming & Events 2019-2020

 

Step 3: Submit the PD documents to your Supervisor (for MSc and PhD) or the Group Coordinator (for MEng). The following documents and forms must be submitted to your Supervisor or the Group Coordinator.

  • Individual Development Plan (IDP workbook)
  • ENG GRAD PD 01 Completion Form
  • ENG GRAD PD 02 Completion Form
  • Proof of all PD activities you have completed (e.g., certificate of completion, confirmation of attendance, etc.). *Note: The Department prefers an email confirmation of attendance or completion as a proof since FGSR is no longer signing the paper copy of the Declaration of Attendance. For PD sessions/workshops no email confirmation is given, we still accept a paper copy of the Department's Declaration of Attendance as proof of attendance or completion.

 

Step 4: Submit all completed and signed documents and forms to the Graduate Program Office for the Graduate Associate Chair’s approval.

Once the ENG GRAD PD 01 and 02 forms are signed off by the Graduate Associate Chair, The Graduate Program Office will send you a scanned copy of the forms and you would have to upload them to the eClass.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

It is the STUDENT’s Responsibility to look up available PD sessions/workshops and accumulate PD hours. The Department is NOT designating students to attend a certain session/workshop for the PD requirement. Graduate students often receive email communications on available PD opportunities from FGSR, Faculty of Engineering, the department, etc.

The Department grants the maximum of 2 hours towards an online session/workshop and 4 hours towards an in-person session/workshop.

If you are unsure whether a session/workshop will be considered towards PD hours, you should check with the department BEFORE attending.

The following activities do NOT fulfil the PD requirements:

  • Sessions used towards the Ethics and Academic Integrity Requirement
  • Information sessions to highlight resources or programs
  • Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship
  • Previous and/or current work experience (full-time, part-time, internship)
  • Conferences or workshops related to research methods training, capstone project, thesis, and course work
  • Presenting a talk or a poster
  • Serving as a mentor
  • Serving on a board or committee
  • Graduate Student Safety Certificate

The Department has an authority to determine whether a session/workshop is acceptable as the PD requirement for our students. Each department has different criteria in accepting and recognizing the PD requirement and a sessions/workshop accepted as PD by one department may not be accepted by another department.

Any questions or concerns on the PD requirement, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Office (cgradvis@ualberta.ca).