Undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential to being a professional. Lifelong learning creates a competent, innovative, forward-looking individual and as such benefits the profession as a whole.
COVID-19 has changed the way in which many of us work, but in these unprecedented times the integrity of professionals who provide robust, credible advice has never been more necessary. We have been working hard to maintain our membership offering and support throughout this period by moving events online and by creating new ways for us all to stay connected.
Our practising Fellows and Professional Members are still expected to undertake and record a minimum of 100 hours of CPD in every three year period, which normally equates to around 33 hours a year. The Institute has a bank of online content in the Members’ Area Library that counts as CPD and we’ll be running online events for the foreseeable future.
In May, the Institute’s Professional and Educational Standards Committee (PESC) met to discuss members’ obligation to undertake and record CPD amid the coronavirus pandemic. Please read their statement here.
Claire Glaister FICFor has been a member of the Institute for almost twenty years. In response to the statement issued by PESC, Claire shared her views on the value of CPD, even during these unprecedented times, and gave us an insight into her life in lockdown.
CPD can take different forms, such as:
- Professional work-based activities
- Personal and informal learning
- (Online) courses, seminars and conferences
- Voluntary or charity work
Above all, the Institute remains sympathetic and we will provide as much support as possible.
Members’ Area CPD Content
Our varied, interactive, online events ensure our members still have access to high quality CPD opportunities. We don’t want you to miss out on the chance to attend so we always record these events and a large number are uploaded to the Members’ Area Library where you can watch them at a time that suits you. You can watch back events on the Woodland Carbon Code, the ELM Scheme, Plant Passports & Timber, Contingency Planning & Wildfire Prevention and many more.
Landscape Institute’s Campus
We’re pleased to have secured a 50% off discount for our members for the Landscape Institute’s Campus Catchup platform. LI Campus gives you access to events and livestreams on demand and is a valuable source of online CPD. You can get an idea of the content that’s on offer online here.
If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please get in touch and we can send you the discount code.