Developing a CPD programme

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a key requirement of CII membership and provides vital support to members to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date and, in turn, remain competent to perform their job.

As a local institute your key objective is to offer a local CPD programme to support your members to complete the required minimum of 35 hours of CPD each year.

An overview of the CII's CPD scheme can be downloaded below.

The number of hours you are required to provide locally depends on the size of your institute. The following numbers are recommended as best practice:

≤500 members - min of 5 events or 7 hours
501 - 1000 members - min of 7 events or 10 hours
1001 - 1500 members - min of 10 events or 14 hours
1501 - 2000 members - min of 12 events or 16 hours
2001 - 3000 members - min of 14 events or 20 hours
≥3001 members - min of 16 events or 24 hours

Your council will have experience of organising local CPD events however you should have in place a council member to oversee your local programme.

The programme you put together must benefit your entire membership, with a balance of technical, market knowledge and business skills. These can take the form of seminars, workshops, training courses, conferences and educational visits.

It’s also good practice to incorporate study or revision sessions into your programme. This could possibly be done in collaboration with neighbouring institutes, to make it more cost effective and to ensure good turnout is achieved.

As President it will be up to you to set a schedule for your programme and to use your contacts, and those of your council, to find speakers to fill your programme.

Set your budget, mapping out how much can you should spend on CPD activity. You will need to identify a mix of free and paid-for events that meet your event target whilst taking into account venue and catering costs.

The venue you choose for your local events should achieve a balance of price, service, desirability and convenience. It must meet the required access, equality and diversity and health and safety standards.

Sponsorship can play a vital role in local institute activity, allowing flexibility towards costing to members and to the quality and versatility of the event.

Promote your events once they are booked, make sure they are added to your website and diarise dates to start promotion via e-flyer (no later than four weeks before the event). Your CPD officer should liaise with your website or communications officer. Ensure all these communications are targeted.

Use the online booking facility on your website: It can save both time and hassle. Your Regional Membership Manager can talk you through this tool. The guide can be accessed via the website content management system which sits on the TOOLS section of this site available once you log into the site.

Regional CPD events may be an option to consider. A joint event can provide greater resources to attract high profile presenters whilst helping to share the workload and explore key topics in more detail. Talk to your regional colleagues to explore the possibilities.

It is always good practice to fully brief your speaker prior to the event and ensure that they sign up to the CII approved speaker guide and speaker code of conduct which can be downloaded below.

An events checklist should be completed by two people from your institute to confirm that every consideration has been given to planning your event to prevent any unintentional indirect discrimination.

This checklist should be kept on file for future reference should the need arise.

If you indicate that remedial action is required, you should endeavour to take any such action and note this on page two of the form below, even if the decision is that there is no remedial action that can be taken.

Download the form below.

For large scale events we would advise that a risk assessment be carried out, venues should have this in place but if not please find a form to download below.

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