What is CPD?
Rapidly changing legal, social and economic developments directly affect our working environment while technological advances radically change the way we carry out everyday tasks.
CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is an ongoing commitment to understand more about the environment in which you work, the job you do and how you can do it better.
CPD can be part of your own strategy to be a better practitioner or to simply feel more confident about your work and make it more personally fulfilling. It can be a step on the ladder to higher qualifications or enhanced career prospects. It can be part of meeting targets set by workforce performance management schemes or an opportunity for you to change and advance your career path.
Why is CPD important?
It is important for members to undertake CPD for a number of reasons:
- To improve your professional competence for your own benefit and that of your clients, employers and others.
- To enable you to demonstrate how you have sought to maintain your competence in the event of a claim or allegation.
You are most likely to be able to demonstrate that you have complied with the Society’s CPD Regulation if you plan, carry out and record an annual programme of learning activities designed to maintain competence and improve professional knowledge. It may be more difficult for you to demonstrate compliance if you choose another method.
New CPD Framework Launches Jan 2023
Throughout 2022, SCSI have run a pilot CPD Framework programme with a group of Members. The Framework has been very well received by the pilot group too as, while it ensures compliance with all existing CPD requirements for both SCSI and RICS, it also provides a supportive structure to ensure that learning is relevant and builds on professional competencies that originate with the APC.
For 2023, our current CPD requirements remain unchanged:
|Current requirements remain unchanged|
· Minimum 20 Hours CPD Per Year;*
· Minimum 10 Hours Formal CPD;
· Maximum 10 Hours Informal CPD;
· Minimum 1 Hour on Ethics Every 3 Years;
· Minimum 1 Hour Per Year Relating to your Designation.
From January 2023, it is recommended that Members use the new CPD Framework to structure, plan and execute CPD throughout the coming year.
|Within your 20 hours, plan to:|
· Complete 10 Hours of CPD relating to Core and/or Optional Competencies from your Professional Pathway;
· Complete 10 Hours of CPD relating to Mandatory Competencies; or competencies from other Professional Pathways; or SCSI Voluntary activities e.g., APC assessing, counsellor, professional group member etc.;
· Include a minimum 1 Hour on Ethics in your CPD;
· Include a minimum 1 Hour on Sustainability in your CPD.
Further detail on the framework is included in this guidance document including definitions of formal CPD, informal CPD and non-CPD activities along with a summary of the competencies relevant to all pathways.
From January 2024, the Framework will be incorporated into compulsory CPD requirements and will also form part of SCSI’s annual CPD audit processes.
* Please note that Panel members that are included and act on the Society’s Dispute Resolution Panels are required to undertake and record an additional 10 hours per calendar year, specifically related to the field of dispute resolution.