Looking back, gaining CSci status now seemed to be the easy part. Maintaining it and gathering evidence of CPD activities each year is where the commitment and work really starts. I discovered that this was when most people drop out of the scheme. Renewal takes time, effort and money. So, while there was no obligation, I thought of it like those dumb-bells I have at home, collecting dust. I thought that if I didn’t make myself accountable, I could be the one gathering dust.
Dr Penny Hundleby CSci, John Innes Centre
An IST member and CSci, Dr Penny Hundelby has wriiten a great article in which she describes her experiences on the journey to gaining professional registration and the benefits that can be gained from CPD and reflecting on that learning process.