Initial Professional Development
Initial Professional Development (IPD) is defined by the UK Initial Professional Development Forum  as "a period of development during which an individual acquires a level of competence necessary in order to operate as an autonomous professional". Professional bodies may recognise the successful completion of IPD by the award of chartered or similar status.
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications defines IPD  as "a pattern of learning undertaken by a graduate mathematician to develop the range of skills and competencies needed to achieve professional status".
The Institution of Structural Engineers  states that "Initial Professional Development (IPD) comprises the acquisition and development of the specialist knowledge and skills, and their practical application, that are needed to practise as a structural engineer. It bridges the gap between your educational base and attaining professional qualifications. The Institution defines IPD in terms of Core Objectives, which are defined to minimum standards".
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers states that Initial Professional Development builds upon academic skills and leads to registration as a Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer. IPD must be challenging and based upon the level of educational achievement reached. It can be undertaken prior to, during or after the completion of a course of study.
See also 
- The UK Initial Professional Development (IPD) Forum http://www.ukipdforum.co.uk/
- The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications http://www.ima.org.uk/Professional/ipd.html
- The Institution of Structural Engineers http://www.istructe.org/membership/db/340.asp