Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can help keep your industry skills and knowledge up-to-date.
It reflects the fact that, in today’s fast changing world, knowledge gained through qualifications quickly dates and, if you are to remain competent, you must continue to develop and enhance your knowledge.
CPD is any activity which is relevant to a qualifiedmember's ongoing professional development. This may be activity which develops your career, helps to keep your knowledge up to date or simply supports your role as a professional.
In July 2012, the CII launched a new CPD scheme which switches from a credit-based format to hours-based. Qualified members are now required to complete 35 hours of CPD, including a minimum 21 hours of structured CPD, in a 12-month period.
Structured CPD is the undertaking of any formal learning activity designed to meet a specific learning outcome (this is what an individual is expected to know, understand or do as a result of his or her learning). An example would be attending one of our local institute technical lectures or training courses.
Unstructured CPD is any activity an individual considers has met a learning outcome, but which may not have been specifically designed to meet their development needs. This might include reading a trade publication that is part of your normal day to day activities, rather than specifically reading it to meet a specific learning need.
Details of the new scheme, including transitional arrangements for those members who have commenced CPD on the existing credit-based scheme can be viewed in the guidance documents online at www.cii.co.uk/cpd.