Chartered Institute of Public Relations

About CPD

To complete CPD this year, you need to log development activities worth at least 60 points by 28 February annually. You can include anything you have done since 1 March this year.

Why do CPD?

Whatever your career stage, CPD can help you plan and manage your professional development to meet your career goals. Taking part leads to becoming an Accredited Practitioner.

Accredited Practitioners and Chartered Practitioners, you need to complete CPD each year to retain your accreditation.

Is CPD for me?

New to PR? If you've just graduated or are in the first few years of your career, CPD can help you to keep track of the skills and knowledge you develop to meet each new responsibility and challenge.

Experienced Practitioner? CPD is relevant throughout your career, but it isn't just about adding to your own skills or focusing on traditional methods of personal development. Our CPD scheme encourages experienced practitioners to support the professional development of others and use their expertise to strengthen the PR profession.

How does it work?

The process is simple:

  1. Undertake an activity that develops your professional skills and knowledge or helps others develop theirs.
  2. Visit My CPD and log your activity – what you did and what you learned. Upload your evidence and then click to update your CPD record with the appropriate CPD point.
  3. We will send you regular CPD updates and reminders to keep you on track throughout the year.

Finding your way about

When you log in to the CPD area you will find three sections: Dashboard, Activities and Your report:

  • Dashboard:
    Here you will find a summary of your CPD activity to date, including your CPD points accrued so far. You will also find quick links to some upcoming CIPR development activities.
  • Activities:
    Here you will find a comprehensive database of hundreds of CIPR-recognised development activities. The list includes all CIPR development activities as well as some activities by other providers. You can search by topic, activity type, location, provider, date, CPD points, and cost.
    Once you have completed an activity just add it to your record and answer the evaluation question to submit and sign off.
    If you have completed an activity that is not included in our database you can still add it to your CPD record by creating a custom activity at the bottom of this Activities page.
  • Your report:
    This page displays a list of all your CPD cycles and serves as a record of your complete CPD history.