Why do CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is about developing your skills and knowledge throughout your career. None of us can afford to stand still and there's always something new to learn.

Whatever your career stage, CIPR CPD can help you plan and manage your professional development to meet your own career goals.

New to PR? If you have just graduated or are in the first few years of your PR career, CIPR CPD can help you develop the skills and knowledge to meet each new challenge with confidence. Once you have completed two years of CPD and have upgraded to Member (MCIPR) grade, you'll become a CIPR Accredited Practitioner.

Experience practitioner? CPD is relevant throughout your career but it isn't just about building your own knowledge. Our CPD scheme recognises the role senior practitioners play in developing others and sharing their expertise to strenghten the profession. Ongoing participation in CIPR CPD is an essential part of becoming a Chartered Practitioner.


CIPR CPD is a practical, flexible and simple way for you to plan, track and evidence your professional development activities.

The scheme is open to all members. It's not a training course or qualification itself but is an essential part of becoming a CIPR Accredited Practitioner or Chartered Practitioner.

You can include all your development activities in your CIPR CPD record – it's not restricted to CIPR training and resources. Our CPD database lists over 700 development opportunities, including all CIPR activities plus over 200 by other recognised providers. Even if your activity is not listed on our database you will still be able to claim points for it on your CIPR CPD record.

And taking part needn't cost anything. There's no charge for taking part in CIPR CPD and we've got over 250 free activities listed in our database. Many of these are available as online resources so you can develop your skills anytime and place, and at your own pace.

How does it work?

To complete CIPR CPD just log 60 CPD points to your record by 28 February each year. You can include any activities you have undertaken since 1 March this year.

To get started, just log into My CPD and explore your personal CPD record.