Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

In line with other professional bodies CIWM has a scheme of Continuing Professional Development.

It is considered a professional obligation to undertake CPD under the Institution's Code of Conduct, and part of the individual's professional responsibility to maintain standards by keeping up-to-date.

Members and Fellows are expected to demonstrate a minimum of 30 hours of CPD over a 12 month period, covering a range of related topics. It is now also a requirement that an element of Health & Safety is included as part of Members' CPD activities.

Members of other grades are also encouraged to undertake Structured Learning and Development (SLD).

A small, random selection of Members and Fellows are surveyed each month and requested to submit their CPD records for the previous 12 months. The data is analysed by the Professional Development Team and feedback given on any areas for potential improvement.

Here is a Members FAQ Guide to CPD Members FAQ Guide to CPD. This document will help you understand what can count as CPD but in a nutshell it is anything where you have learnt something new, updated knowledge, learnt new skills etc.

Such activities may include elements of the following;

  • All CIWM seminars, training courses, technical meetings, centre events
  • All four CIWM Conferences – London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Seminars, conferences, training courses, technical meetings, workshops and e-learning organised by other professional bodies, universities, colleges, local authorities, relevant trade associations and other course providers
  • CIWM also Accredit a number of academic courses at various levels; a full list of these courses and further details can be found on our Qualifications page
  • ERelevant committees and working parties
  • Academic courses or supervised research, normally with an academic establishment
  • Flexible, open learning programmes
  • Structured reading of CIWM Journal, CIWM Reports & Research and News Online (You will need to be logged in to your members account to view News Online)
  • In-house training/briefing sessions, or other work related activities
  • Site visits
  • Technical authorship or preparation of relevant lectures, training sessions or seminar papers

If you have any questions or would like any assistance with your CPD contact the Professional Development Team at



Recording CPD

There are several methods of recording CPD.

Contact the Professional Development Team for further information.

T: +44 (0) 1604 620426

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