Continuing Professional Development Submissions

Professionals accept responsibility for the maintenance and enhancement of their levels of knowledge, skills and professional competence. The Society CPD Programme gives members the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the continuing development of their overall professional competence and to maximise their ability to contribute to society, through application of the skills acquired throughout their professional life. As a Professional Member you will acquire a formal record of personal performance and standard of practice, which will form part of your Professional Development Record.

The objectives of our CPD scheme are:

  • to articulate the value of and need for CPD to members of the profession and to their employers;
  • to provide advice and guidance to members of the profession in identifying their educational needs, to strengthen their performance and further their careers;
  • to enable individual members to identify the activities that will satisfy their learning needs;
  • to establish a credible mechanism by which members receive formal recognition for their CPD activities and thereby demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to their employers;
  • to promote the highest professional standards of its members;
  • to enhance the status of soil scientists

The most important aspect of CPD is the outcome of CPD activity for the individual rather than the length of time engaged in it. Learning outcomes and, where relevant, their application to practice should be recorded for each piece of CPD undertaken.  Members are employed in a very wide range of occupations and at differing levels of responsibility. Their continuing learning needs will be equally varied, and a range of subjects and experience can, therefore, count as CPD.

Some of the main aims of CPD are:

  • maintaining scientific and technical knowledge
  • developing scientific and technical knowledge
  • broadening scientific and technical knowledge beyond one's speciality
  • acquiring professional life skills and knowledge, e.g. management techniques, interpersonal skills, finance, languages.

Almost all activities may include an element of CPD. It is for individual registrants to recognise and record learning outcomes. It is important that CPD is across a range of activities:

• Work-based learning

• Professional activities

• Formal/educational

• Self-directed learning

• Other

Evidence

Evidence of participation should be maintained alongside a formal record.  This may include things such as certificates of attendance or achievement, examples of work such as reports or papers.  The Society does not expect members to submit all their evidence but members should be maintaining these records themselves.

Members are advised to develop a cross referencing system between the formal record of CPD activity and individual items of evidence. The quality rather than the quantity of CPD is important. However registrants may wish to record the amount of ‘quality’ time whilst engaged in the CPD activity. For example, the number of hours spent on a training course might all be considered valuable whereas some of the time spent at a conference may not be relevant for the member’s development.

Evidence of participation should be maintained alongside a formal record.  This may include things such as certificates of attendance or achievement, examples of work such as reports or papers.  The Institute does not expect members to submit all their evidence but members should be maintaining these records themselves.

CPD and You

Members are advised to develop a cross referencing system between the formal record of CPD activity and individual items of evidence. The quality rather than the quantity of CPD is important. However registrants may wish to record the amount of ‘quality’ time whilst engaged in the CPD activity. For example, the number of hours spent on a training course might all be considered valuable whereas some of the time spent at a conference may not be relevant for the member’s development.

The Society maintains a record centrally of all Members CPD returns.

NEW 2016 CPD Guidance can be found here.

NEW 2016 CPD Submission form can be found here.