What is CPD?
Commitment to CPD
As a member of IfL, you commit to undertaking continuing professional development (CPD) that has an impact on your practice, each year. This demonstrates that you are improving your relevant knowledge and skills in your subject area and teaching or training. A wide range of formal and informal activities could count as meaningful professional development. You just need to be able to answer "yes" to these questions:
- Have you undertaken professional development activities this year?
- Have you reflected on the learning you have gained from these activities?
- Have the activities and the reflection made a difference to how you teach or train?
- Can you show evidence of this difference and the impact it has made to learners, colleagues or the organisation in which you work?
Completing CPD in order to confirm that you remain in good professional standing is a requirement of IfL membership (unless you are a Companion member).
What counts as CPD?
- Reading relevant journal articles or reviewing books
- Taking training courses or formal development or study
- Peer review, mentoring or shadowing
- Online learning including engagement in discussion forums and blogs
- Viewing and reviewing television programmes, documentaries and the internet.
Watch our video about teachers and trainers talking about what constitutes CPD for them.
Recording your CPD
You can record your CPD in any form that suits you and your circumstances, but we strongly recommend that you use REfLECT+, your online personal learning space, available free as part of your IfL membership. REfLECT+ is a personal and secure space, designed to support you in keeping a log of your CPD activities and reflections.
If you have any questions, please contact the CPD team at firstname.lastname@example.org.