Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All membership categories should take all necessary steps to maintain and enhance their competence through Continuing Professional Development (CPD);

  • Take ownership of their learning and development needs, and develop a plan to indicate how they might meet these, in discussion with their employer, as appropriate.
  • Undertake a variety of development activities.
  • Record their CPD activities.
  • Reflect upon what they have learned or achieved through their CPD activities and record these reflections.
  • Evaluate their CPD activities against any objectives which they have set and record this evaluation.
  • Review their learning and development plan regularly following reflection and assessment of future needs.
  • Support the learning and development of others through mentoring and sharing professional expertise and knowledge.

Initial Professional Development (IPD)

It takes time to develop the skills you need for your career, and a structured approach to your development will put you on the path to becoming Professionally Registered.

The four significant milestones to becoming a Chartered member are;

  1. Achieving the required educational base
  2. Developing professional competence through training and experience
  3. The application process
  4. The Professional Review.

Professional Review

IPD is the one-off assessment process that Members need to go through to become a Chartered Member. Bypassing the assessment, you demonstrate your competence, knowledge, skills and experience.

Your Chartered status will help you;

  • Improve your ability to influence decision-makers
  • Work on an equal footing with other professionals
  • Increase your future employability

There are several ways to achieve Chartered membership. The specific process you will undertake depends on how you became a Member.