Recording Evidence of your CPD

Recording evidence of your CPD

Recording evidence of CPD will demonstrate your CPD achievements and is evidence of both continuing competence and the aim to realise your full potential. A subsequent article will look at the importance of developing and maintaining a CPD record.

The benefits of CPD aren’t just felt when you’re going for promotion, seeking another position or upgrading your institute membership. Many employers now value ‘learning agility’ as a core competency.

As organisations shift the responsibility for personal development back to the individual, the ability and insight to manage your own professional growth is seen as a key strength. Set our below are some of the key benefits of undertaking CPD – to both the individual and the employer.

How CPD Benefits You

How CPD Benefits Your Employer

  • Build confidence and credibility, you can see your progression by tracking your learning.
  • Earn more by showcasing your achievements. A handy tool for appraisals.
  • Achieve your career goals by focussing on your training and development.
  • Cope positively with change by constantly updating your skill set.
  • Be more productive and efficient by reflecting on your learning and highlighting gaps in your knowledge and experience.
  • Helps maximise staff potential by linking learning to actions and theory to practice.
  • Helps HR professionals to set SMART objectives, for training activity to be more closely linked to business needs.
  • Promotes staff development. This leads to better staff morale and a motivated workforce helps give a positive image/brand to organisations.
  • Adds value by reflecting, it will help staff to consciously apply learning to their role and the organisation’s development.

It is an obligation of membership of IHEEM that CPD is planned, undertaken and recorded. IHEEM recommends that members carry out regular reviews of their career aims and objectives and identify education, training and assessment needs. Having identified such needs, members should then ensure that sufficient CPD activities are undertaken to meet those needs.

All members of IHEEM are expected to:

  • Be committed to continuous learning and improvement
  • Own their own development
  • Manage their development in a systematic manner – through the processes of planning, doing, recording and reviewing
  • Provide evidence of their development, when required
  • Focus development on achieving outputs, defined through professional or other competence standards

Additionally, registration with the Engineering Council places obligations on registrants to maintain and develop professional competence. Equally, members who are professionally registered in other disciplines will also be required to maintain their professional competence.

Any member who wishes to upgrade their membership with IHEEM, or register as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council, will be required to provide evidence of the CPD activities.

Your CPD should ideally be a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help you manage your own learning and growth. The focus of CPD is firmly on results – the benefits that professional development can bring you in the real world. Perhaps the most important message is that one size doesn’t fit all. Wherever you are in your career now, and whatever you want to achieve, your CPD should be exactly that: yours.

It’s guaranteed that you’re already doing some form of CPD, because we all learn new things on a regular basis – whether it’s talking to colleagues, listening to the radio or reading a relevant publication. CPD embraces all these everyday activities – it’s not just about going on courses and needn’t involve a great expense of time or money.

Anything that helps you to meet your development objectives could count as CPD – as long as you can demonstrate real value in your work. So, if you do something at the weekend that changes your perspective on teamwork or teaches you something about interpersonal communication, you can use it in your CPD record. Similarly, if there are personal learning experiences you don’t want to share, leave them out. You decide what goes in and what stays out.

Activities, which are relevant to your own professional development, may include the following activities. This list is not exhaustive and you should also identify other activities that meet you own specific requirements.

  • IHEEM committee work
  • Reading technical articles, Health Estate Journal (Note: you should record what you learnt and how you will use it, related to individual articles)
  • Attending or presenting at IHEEM seminars, IHEEM branch events and IHEEM conferences
  • Special project work or job secondments
  • Planned coaching from colleagues or specialists
  • Discussions or training with colleagues
  • Mentoring
  • Studying towards further qualifications
  • Developing your technical knowledge and skills in your current field

IHEEM Members are employed in a very varied range of jobs and at all levels of responsibility, and it is recognised that this will be reflected in their continuing learning needs which will be equally varied.

There are no limitations to the range of subjects that can be included, although it is recommended that, in order to develop your expertise on a broad front, you may also need to undertake CPD in the following areas:

  • Developing practical skills such as IT or giving presentations
  • Acquisition of non-technical knowledge and skills: management techniques, communication and presentational skills, law (Health & Safety, environmental, employment), finance, foreign languages amongst others to prepare you to assume wider or greater responsibilities when the opportunities arise
  • Broadening your technical knowledge and skills into fields parallel to your own, thus enabling you to move into another job or role should the need or opportunity arise 

A useful process for developing your own CPD