Ethics and continuing professional development underlie professionalism. Under our Membership Pathway, all members commit every year to following our Code of Ethical Conduct and completing 40 hours of continuing professional development.

We ask our members to make an annual commitment to professionalism every year. This includes:

  • Asking members to confirm they've carried out 40 hours of continuing professional development in the previous year.
  • Asking members to commit to following our Code of Ethical Conduct

The commitment applies to: 

  • Emerging Professional Members
  • Members
  • Chartered Members (all categories)
  • Fellows 
  • Distinguished Fellows

It does not apply to: 

  • Student Members
  • Honorary Fellows
  • Affiliate Members

Read the Annual Commitment to Ethics Policy

Read the CPD Policy

The annual commitment requirement for membership was introduced in 2018. So far, we haven’t been taking a punitive approach. We'll phase in audits of annual declarations over a few years. In the meantime, we’ve added language to our invoices to clarify that by paying your membership fee, you’re agreeing to follow our Code of Ethical Conduct.

Professional development

Continual learning is the most effective way to stay current and keep on top of your game. In a rapidly changing environment, continual learning helps you keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date. It builds confidence and credibility, both in you as an individual and in the profession. 

Forms of learning

Many forms of professional development are eligible to count towards your 40 hours and we encourage you to complete a mixture. They include on-the-job learning, Branch and group activities or volunteer work, self-directed learning, mentoring, courses and conferences. 

Read the Continuing Professional Development Regulations

Check out our courses and events for CPD opportunities 

Evidence of learning

We encourage you to record your CPD activity throughout your career. You can choose to do this in the member's area of our website, under work and learning records. Recording your CPD here means you’ll always have access to it. 

Record your learning