Why is CPD important?

1st February 2019

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At IEMA, our mission is to help our members build their knowledge, better map their careers and excel in their roles, but just how much of your activity are you evidencing?

Continuing Professional Development is a way to showcase each step you take towards major career goals, keeping your knowledge, skills and capabilities up to date and on track. Continuous learning is an important part of career growth, demonstrating your competency to employers.

To help support you through this process and ensure you get the most from your CPD goals, we've put together some important steps to map your success:

1. Keep a record

If you forget to record what you achieve, it will become much more difficult to reach your goals. A clear record shows others that you are dedicated to your profession, and that you are well informed of any changes to important policies, regulations, legislation, standards and practices required of you as a professional.

2. Set yourself goals and activities

Goals establish what you want to achieve and help you plan the best types of activities to help get you there. Setting goals highlights gaps in your knowledge and helps you bridge those gaps.

Activities can range from training courses to reading articles and attending workshops. As long as the type of learning relates to your career goals and demonstrates to your employer that you are committed to developing your knowledge and abilities, then there's a wide range of activities to get involved with.

3. Make logging CPD records simpler

Because it's such an integral part of your working life, it's important that logging your goals and learning is both simple and convenient. That's why we have developed a new, useful and easy-to-use dashboard and portal system to help you record all activities.

The online CPD portal allows you to easily plan, record and reflect on your learning each year. Simply log in, set up a profile and you're good to go. IEMA members can easily log into the new CPD portal with the following steps:

1. Log into MyIEMA

2. Follow link to CPD

3. Select your profile and begin.

If you are not an IEMA member and would like to talk to us about how CPD can benefit your career environment and sustainability, contact us at professional.standards@iema.net at any time. Or, if you have any questions about CPD or the IEMA CPD portal, simply get in touch.

For more information about CPD, please see our useful video: iema.net/cpd

Any questions? Check out these useful FAQ's: iema.net/cpd/cpd-faqs

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