CPD Introduction

CPD is a means to focus on outputs such as development of new skills to fulfil your current role or new experience required to progress your career. It should be regarded as a valuable tool for improving practice as opposed to a box-ticking exercise for satisfying an arbitrary goal. CPD is definitely not about collecting ‘CPD points’ and ‘learning hours’.

The CPD cycle encompasses the principles of planning, action, review and reflection and is most effective when activities are aimed at meeting development plan objectives.

CPD Cycle

In order to fulfil the criteria set by the Science Council, registrants must undertake CPD as one of the conditions for maintaining their registration each year. The IST’s Registered Practitioners are also required to undertake CPD.

To satisfy the requirement, you must:

  • Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of your PPD activities
  • Demonstrate that your PPD activities are a mixture of learning activities1 relevant to current or future practice
  • Seek to ensure that your PPD has benefited the quality of your practice
  • Seek to ensure that your PPD has benefited the users of your work (employee, customer, student, etc)
  • Present a written profile containing evidence of your PPD when requested by the IST

1 Learning activities

Your PPD should be a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice and should include activities in at least three of the following categories:

  1. Work based learning
  2. Professional activity
  3. Formal / Educational
  4. Self-directed learning
  5. Other

More details, with examples of learning activities, are available for each level of registration – see right sidebar for these.