All you ever wanted to know about managing your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All you ever wanted to know
about managing your
Continuing Professional
Development (CPD)
and how to upgrade!!
Andrea Moffat
Introduction & welcome
Andrea Moffat, Chartered FCIPD
The Learning Interventions Company Ltd
Public, private & voluntary sectors
Equal Opportunities & Diversity, Competency
Frameworks and Project Management
• UK & overseas
• Gloucestershire Branch Chair 1999 – 2002
• Past Member of the Membership and Education
• Former Personal Tutor on previous CTP course
• Upgrade Assessor
• Immediate Past Member Continuing Professional
Development Working Group
CPD – the context
Managing your CPD
The membership structure – a guided tour
A recent successful upgrader’s experience
A volunteer upgrade assessor’s eye-view
Qs & As
Concluding comments & reflections
CPD – The context
Continuing Professional Development
• Inputs versus outputs
• All membership levels
• Lifelong & reflective learning
• It doesn’t matter how it is presented
Continuing Professional Development
Importance of Reflective Learning:
• To help you see a clear link between the effort you put
into your development activity and the benefits you get
out of it.
• To help you see more value in each learning experience,
by knowing why you’re doing it and what’s in it for you.
Continuing Professional Development
CPD Policy:
The CIPD policy is that Members of the CIPD shall:
• Maintain professional knowledge and competence
• Seek appropriate support if business needs require
involvement in new areas of activity
• Ensure that they provide a professional, up to date
and insightful service
• Upon request, members will provide evidence of
compliance with CPD
Continuing Professional Development
So what are we looking for?
• Is it “C” – Continuing?
• Is it “P” – Professional?
• Is it “D” – Developmental?
Continuing Professional Development
How the CIPD can help:
HR Profession Map
My HR Map Tool
Examples of records and plans
Case studies
The membership structure
- a guided tour
• 3 levels of professional membership (Associate,
Member, Fellow)
• + Companion – by invitation only
• Student, Affiliate and Graduate membership
Three levels of professional
CIPD’s HR Profession Map
• By undertaking a ‘my HR Map’ assessment you will be able to
assess your capability against the activities, knowledge and
behaviours in the CIPD HR Profession Map and access
recommendations for development
• Please note that My HR Map cannot be used to upgrade your
CIPD membership. However, by using the tool you could gain
an insight into how your level of work and understanding
match the new professional membership levels.
Routes to professional membership
There are two routes to professional membership;
• Upgrade
• Experience Assessment
How do I use these tools?
• Undertake an HR Profession Map self-assessment
• Use this to inform your Continuing Professional
Development (CPD)
• Use these to complement your own personal
development reviews
• Use the membership criteria to assess the
appropriate level of membership to upgrade
• Follow the guidance in the upgrade forms
• Refer to the HR Map, and the knowledge, activities
and behaviours you are demonstrating to support
your application where appropriate
Eligibility for Upgrading
Current grade of membership
Grade can apply for
You must complete your
qualification before applying for
a grade of membership
Graduate or Associate (having
previously held Graduate status)
Chartered Member or
Chartered Fellow
Chartered Member
Chartered Fellow
Eligibility subject to meeting relevant membership criteria
Qualifications and upgrading
Qualification completed
Grade can apply for
CIPD Foundation Certificate or
Associate Member
CIPD Intermediate Certificate
or Diploma
CIPD Advanced Diploma
Associate Member
Chartered Member
Chartered Fellow
How does upgrading work?
• An application form asks about impact in the
workplace and covers behaviours and activities
in one document
• CV provides context of career
• Feedback from Line Manager and one
Colleague focuses on how the candidate
operates and their impact
How to upgrade
• Check relevant membership criteria before deciding
on level of membership
• Download forms at
• Complete the relevant upgrade application form and
ensure your CV is up to date
• Enlist two Colleagues including your line manager to
support your application
• Fees (if applicable)
How to upgrade to Associate Member
How to upgrade to Chartered Member
How to upgrade to Chartered Fellow
A recent successful upgrader’s
How did you feel about the process of application before you started?
You contacted me before you started ….. who suggested it and why?
What tips that I gave you worked particularly well for you? (And what didn’t !)
How easy or hard was it to gather your evidence?
To what extent did you use the HR Profession Map to help you in your upgrade
To what extent did you make use of your CPD record (which I understand you
keep on-line with the CIPD)?
How useful were these in helping you to upgrade?
How long did it take you to complete the application form?
How long did it take between submission and receiving the outcome?
How has upgrading helped you begin to identify where you want your career to
take you and how you will get there?
How do you feel about the process of upgrading now?
What would you now say to would-be upgraders?
Now tell us about your role as Membership & CPD Advisor.
How do you think upgrading (so recently) will help you in this?
A volunteer upgrade
assessor’s eye-view
So before you start - plan your application answers
Contribution is the key - how have each of your activities benefitted the
team/ department /business?
Demonstrate how you are able to make decisions and influence people
especially senior management and the executive team.
HR professionals should be good role models which is demonstrated
through leadership, motivation, coaching and influencing. Having the
courage to challenge and working under pressure within your role is
important to demonstrate and how you resolve conflicts in order to meet
your outcomes through staying calm and focused.
Giving real life examples where your own role is clear. Try not to use the
same example too many times – it may be a very strong one but can
suggest that this is the only example you have
Make good use of Plain English instead of business speak and avoid jargon
and acronyms.
Nominate two colleagues, one of whom needs to be your line manager or a
client who understand your contributions and can articulate the value you
have added with specific examples, to complete your colleague
A volunteer upgrade
assessor’s eye-view
• Completing the application form
• Do follow all the instructions on the form and complete all the
sections, an incomplete application will fail.
• Provide a clear and concise answer to each of the prompts with
what you have done and your achievements.
• Your CPD is very important; make sure you reflect throughout on
what you have learned and how it has been applied.
• Avoid using examples that end up as a narrative/observation of
the situation which does not highlight what you did, why you did
it, how you did it and the beneficial outcome.
A volunteer upgrade
assessor’s eye-view
• Final considerations before you submit your
upgrade application
• Your local branch Membership & CPD adviser will
be happy to check an application before
submission. They can also offer advice on the
process and check the examples you wish to use
in your application.
• You must ensure that you make the case as to
why you should be upgraded.
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Continuing Professional Development
• Phone: +44 (0)20 8612 6208
• Online:
• Questions or comments?
[email protected]
Thank you