Achieving an IEMA Professional membership is a fantastic benchmark of your learning, experience and skills - but what do you need to do to maintain that membership, and ensure you continue to stay current and compliant?
Setting suitable, exciting goals that will boost your knowledge and skills is an important part of your working life. It encourages you to stay up-to-date and supports you on your way towards achieving your next career goals like a promotion, pay rise or upgrade.
Following up on the plan by taking part in – and recording - a varied programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities is not only another important step in your annual learning and development, it’s a mandatory requirement for all members with a Professional membership grade.
It’s all about developing and celebrating your professional credentials, helping you get where you want to be and get the right recognition for all you’ve learned and achieved.
You already have all the tools at your disposal; the new Benefits Map helps you find and access all your IEMA CPD opportunities, and our new approach to CPD helps you to:
Begin logging your CPD now so you can declare you have met the CPD requirements when your renewal comes around*. If you have any questions about CPD, why you should do it and how, check out our Top Ten CPD FAQ's HERE
If you are having difficulty in viewing the CPD form please contact email@example.com for an alternative version
* We will call in a sample of members each year and ask to see their CPD record, so it’s important that you maintain your record in case you are asked to submit what you’ve logged.
The first, and most crucial step in your annual CPD cycle, is recognising what you want to achieve in the short and long term. Setting ambitious yet realistic targets for building knowledge, skills and your network will guide what activities you get involved with. Ask yourself what areas of the Skills Map you need to strengthen. What areas of your role prove tricky but you know you need to overcome? How will you build your professional profile in the next 12 months? These questions will help you build your plan of action.
Take some time to really think about what you want to achieve and log that on your form. We’re interested to understand your goals, so we can collate them with those of other members which will help shape the CPD activities we arrange for you in the future. Send your plan to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you’ve done this you will then be ready to move on to steps 2, 3 and 4 – Record, Reflect and Results.
Logging your learning gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you have gained, learned and achieved by doing your CPD activities. It also gives you the chance to think about how you can practically apply your new knowledge, and even stimulates what learning you’ll do next.
Remember professional development activities are not restricted to formal classroom training courses. You can do CPD at any time through day-to-day activities like reading TRANSFORM magazine, coaching and mentoring, experiential learning, networking, dialling into webinars, attending conferences and getting involved in research.
Use the IEMA CPD Form to record each CPD activity you do. The form’s fields will prompt you to log the right details and help you reflect and evaluate on how each activity benefits your career.
Reflection is as much a part of the learning process as doing the activity itself. It helps you think about what you’ve learned, and what you’ll do differently in future.
The form will prompt you to evaluate each activity based on the value you gained from it using a points scale of 1 to 5 (1 = little value added, 5 = inspirational). You should aim to log at least 30 points each year to keep your knowledge current and your development on track. If you have set yourself some particularly challenging goals, then you may need to log more than 30 points in order to achieve them.
Take some time to consider the progress you’ve made towards your overall goals. What did the activities you got involved in contribute to your career? Did those activities help you to achieve your goals? Would you choose a different profile of activities for your next year of CPD to ensure you stay on track and continue to see results?