CPD activities

As long as it's relevant, not part of your job, and about developing your own (or someone else's) skills and knowledge, you can probably count it as CIPR CPD. This includes:

  • training courses, conferences, presentations, briefings and webinars (CIPR or other)
  • studying for a qualification (CIPR or other)
  • reading books or short publications (e.g. case-studies Members only and skills guides)
  • writing books or CIPR short publications
  • delivering or receiving coaching, mentoring and work-shadowing
  • delivering (unpaid) lectures and presentations
  • ad-hoc learning, research or study project
  • voluntary work (where you're using your PR skills and knowledge)
  • sitting on CIPR (or other relevant) committees and working groups or judging panels.

What doesn't count

  • anything that's part of your regular job or for which you're paid
  • blogging or writing short content for publication.
  • attending social events (including Award ceremonies)


Twice a year, the CIPR CPD team will review a selection of CPD records to ensure CPD logging requirements are being met.

How to find CPD activities

Try the CIPR CPD activities database: we've got nearly 1400 CPD activities listed there. You can search by topic, activity type, level, location, provider, number of points and whether or not the activity is free.

Log on to the CIPR website: you can access online content like webinars, skills guides and case studies and learn at the pace and time that suits you.

Talk to your employer: there may be formal or informal development opportunities available internally. Use your appraisal meeting to have a discussion about your career development and ask what support is available internally.

Get in touch with our groups: we have 23 regional, sector and discipline groups and you can join up to 5 for free. They organise events, briefing and development sessions around the country.