Continuing Professional Development (CPD) & Initial Professional Development (IPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
& Initial Professional Development (IPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a crucial aspect of professional growth for all members of IIESMS. It involves the following steps:

  1. Develop a Plan: Outline a detailed plan for fulfilling your learning and development requirements. If necessary, consult with your employer to ensure alignment with their expectations. Taking personal responsibility for identifying and addressing your learning and development needs is essential.
  2. Participate in Development Activities: Engage in diverse development activities that cater to your professional growth.
  3. Track Your Progress: Maintain a comprehensive record of all your CPD initiatives, ensuring you accurately track your progress and achievements.
  4. Reflect on Your Learning: Reflect on the knowledge and skills acquired or enhanced through your CPD activities and maintain a written record of your thoughts and insights.
  5. Evaluate Your Activities: Evaluate your CPD activities based on the goals you have set for yourself, documenting your findings to gauge the effectiveness of your development efforts.
  6. Review Your Plan: Regularly review your learning and development plan after reflecting on and evaluating your past achievements and future requirements.
  7. Assist Others: Support others in their learning and development by offering mentorship and sharing your professional experiences and information.

Initial Professional Development (IPD)

Initial Professional Development (IPD) is a structured approach to professional growth that leads to becoming a Professionally Registered member. It involves the following milestones:

  1. Achieving the Required Educational Base: Attain the necessary educational foundation for your professional field.
  2. Developing Professional Competence: Develop professional competence through training and experience.
  3. The Application Process: Navigate the application process to become a Certified member.
  4. The Professional Review: Undergo a one-time assessment, the Professional Review, to demonstrate your competence, knowledge, skills, and experience.

Achieving Certified status offers several benefits, including enhancing your ability to influence decision-makers, working on an equal footing with other professionals, and increasing your future employability. There are various pathways to achieving Certified membership, and the specific process will depend on your individual membership journey.