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
- Chartered Members (all categories)
- Distinguished Fellows
It does not apply to:
- Student Members
- Honorary Fellows
- Affiliate Members
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.
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.
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.