Under the Code of Ethics, professional engineers and geoscientists are expected to follow a professional development program. As the program is very flexible with regards to the ways in which a member achieves their professional development, the cost is controllable by the member. There are numerous professional development opportunities that are offered at little or no cost. Some examples of these are in-house seminars, employer-sponsored sessions, brown bag lunch sessions that various technical groups hold, the reading of technical journals and standards, and attendance of branch meetings.
There are also free, reputable, educational materials available online. Examples include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which has a number of programs available through its open courseware program (ocw.mit.edu), and iTunesU (www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/). Online searches for a specific topic area can also provide access to a number of online courses, papers or online discussions.
We also list a number of links to other resources on our Professional Development Resources page.