Professional development

CPD day Manchester 2013. © Landscape Institute

All corporate members of the LI must complete a minimum of 25 hours of CPD every year. This commitment ensures that members continue to develop their professional knowledge and practice.

We also support those practitioners who seek to achieve Chartered Membership of the LI (CMLI), the mark of quality and excellence for the landscape profession. The Pathway to Chartership is an online professional development platform, providing a structured learning programme that leads to the professional exam and chartered status.

What is chartered membership of the LI?

Chartered Membership (CMLI) of the LI is the mark of quality and excellence for the profession. It communicates to employers and clients that they can expect the highest standards of professional knowledge and quality of service.

Chartership communicates a commitment to the pursuit of continuing professional development as well as adherence to following the Code of Professional Conduct.

Our commitment to CPD

We support members in meeting their professional development objectives by providing a range of opportunities for CPD. We deliver national and local events, free webinars;  we provide an online case study library and technical resources section within our website; and the LI’s library and archive, which is housed at the Museum of English Rural Life.

The LI’s CPD minimum requirements

All corporate members are required to complete a minimum of 25 hours of CPD a year. Members should:

  • identify their development needs and plan their learning and development
  • record their CPD in the LI’s CPD form
  • Reflect on what they have learned, and how it will improve their practice
  • Only student members in full-time education, affiliate members and licentiate members who are active on the ‘Pathway to Chartership’ are exempt from the CPD regulations

What counts towards CPD?

The activities that can be classed as part of CPD include:

  • formal activities such as seminars and courses
  • researching or dealing with a new problem or issue
  • mentoring others and other volunteering
  • individual study, reading and visits

How volunteering counts as CPD

Members are involved at every level of the organisation. They are active within the LI’s governance structures, they mentor and support the next generation of chartered members and they work with accredited course leaders to ensure universities produce effective graduates. Members also lead the chartership examinations, contribute to the development of policy, and take part in judging awards. They also engage with young people by promoting careers in landscape architecture.

Mentoring the next generation of chartered professionals along the Pathway to Chartership offers opportunities to develop skills in mentoring, as well as the satisfaction of helping guide the development of future professionals.

In addition, our school engagement initiatives, the Ambassador for Landscape scheme and The Playground Project, provide opportunities to develop presentation skills and inspire young minds. Further information on our schools engagement work is available from our educational outreach work webpage or by contacting .

If you would like more general information on volunteering opportunities with the LI then please contact .