What is CPD?
CPD is Continuing Professional Development. It’s the process of
logging the knowledge, skills and experience you gain as you work and a
record of what you experience, learn and apply.
CPD is a way of investing in yourself and your career. By logging
your CPD, it will help you to assess what you’ve done, plan your further
development and convert your learning into practice. It can help you to
keep your skills up to date. It can help strengthen your professional
credibility and can speed up your career development. It will allow you
to apply for Chartered status if you are a Registered Member or Fellow.
If you’re serious about your career, then CPD is a vital tool to help you advance.
What counts towards CPD?
Anything that helps you to meet your development objectives counts as
CPD, as long as you have learnt something from it and it has the
potential to add real value to your work. Some examples are:
– Continuing education leading to qualifications
– Attending seminars, courses, workshops or webinars
– Long term research or practical projects (6 months+)
– Attending conferences and exhibitions
– Attending networking events e.g. Regional Group events
– Staff training
– Preparation of training materials
– Work shadowing, secondments, on-the-job training
– Coaching or mentoring
– Writing articles for publication
– Presentation of papers at conferences
– Private study – reading journals, books, on-line research
– Keeping up with current affairs within your sector
– Submitting responses to CIEHF member consultations
– Getting involved in CIEHF activities
You should also consider all the work (paid or unpaid) you have done
and the gains you have made in your knowledge, skills or competences
across any of the following areas:
– Complementary professional knowledge domains: integration is key to
ergonomics, so knowing aspects of other professionals’ worlds and our
touch points help us to deliver.
– Business and management skills: those things that help you deliver
your service, from marketing to project and people management.
– Professional competencies: those skills that can help you be a better professional.
What do I record and how do I do it?
You should record, alongside the activity, what you learned from it
and how you can use it to become a better professional. You should be
reporting against targets set in the previous year, work done in this
year, and a plan for next year. Record your CPD using the Institute’s
form or alternatively, you can use your employer’s form provided it
allows you to document all the information needed. Then submit it
through the members’ web portal, MyIEHF. Please DO NOT email your CPD
return to the Institute. Contact us if you experience difficulties using
the web portal.
Download the CIEHF CPD form
How much detail do I need to record?
You should record enough detail to make it clear what you did, what
you learned and how you can apply it. We currently have two criteria for
assessing CPD records:
1. You should ensure your CPD activities have appropriate scope and variety for your current role and your own identified objectives, and your records show this.
2. You should ensure your CPD activities have substantial depth and quality and your record of them demonstrates this. Assessment focuses on outcomes and results, rather than time spent.
When should I submit my CPD?
You can submit your CPD at any time throughout the year. Submissions
are assessed quarterly in batches. We will randomly assess 20-25% of CPD
submissions as it’s impossible to assess them all. If your CPD return
is not assessed, you will automatically receive confirmation that the
submission was successful. If your CPD return is selected for
assessment, you will receive an email informing you that either it was
successful, raised concern (with specific feedback), or rejected – with
rationale as to why.
Where can I find out more?
A presentation was made at the CIEHF’s annual conference a few years
ago which included more information about CPD, its significance, and the
assessment process. Download the presentation here as a PDF.