Declare your CPD
Reflect on the impact of your CPD for the last year
Ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) improves and enhances your skills and knowledge for the benefit of your learners. Sharing your CPD with your professional body is a demonstration of your dedication to professional excellence in both teaching and your subject area that is recognised by employers across the sector.
IfL is committed to supporting individual and subject-specific CPD for members. Evidence of members' CPD is also used by IfL to promote the professionalism of teachers and trainers to the wider public.
As is usual for professional bodies, IfL invites members to share their CPD each year as a demonstration of commitment to ongoing professional learning. The window to declare CPD is open from 1 June.Declaring your CPD only takes a few moments and can be completed in one of two ways:
1. Use the quick and easy online self-declaration form (you will need to login with your email address or membership number and password)
2. If you have already recorded your CPD in REfLECT, login to REfLECT, click on ‘Tools’, then ‘CPD declaration’ and follow the onscreen instructions.
The declaration process only requires you to record the number of hours of CPD you have completed that you feel had an impact on your practice and provide brief details. You do not need to send in evidence of your CPD.
We ask members to declare their CPD for the year by 31 August so that evidence can be used to inform IfL's annual review of CPD. Each year IfL produces the review based on evidence of members' CPD from the previous year. This is also used by IfL to promote the professionalism of teachers and trainers to the wider public.
If you have not declared your CPD by 31 August, you can still share your CPD with IfL until 3 December 2013.
Why declare my CPD?
We recognise that as an IfL member, you are dedicated to your development. Therefore, as a condition of membership we ask individuals to confirm that they are remaining in good professional standing through the declaration of CPD.
If you hold QTLS or ATLS and wish to be listed on IfL's professional status register, it is a requirement that you declare your CPD to your professional body annually.
Companion members are not required to declare their CPD but are welcome to do so.
Following the removal of government regulations in late 2012, it is no longer a legal requirement for members to declare their CPD, however we continue to encourage individuals to record their CPD activity.
Some of the benefits of declaring CPD to your professional body are:
- the opportunity to demonstrate your dedication to professional excellence as an individual
- helping to maintain standards within the profession
- providing the best experience for learners
- raising the status of teaching and training and the wider FE and skills sector
IfL will be consulting members about how you would like to share CPD with your professional body in the near future. Look out for updates here or in the IfL Update enewsletter.
More about CPD
IfL has an open approach to CPD. It should suit your individual needs and be useful in your professional practice and benefit your learners. Find further information and resources to support your CPD.