Continuing professional development (CPD) is the ongoing process of professional growth and skills development throughout a practitioner’s career. It is a commitment by members to maintain their professional competence, knowledge and relevance in a challenging and fast-moving professional environment.

As the Royal Chartered Body for the landscape profession, the Landscape Institute is responsible for ensuring our members uphold the very highest standards of conduct, professionalism and skill. All LI members – excluding Affiliate, Retired, and Student members, as well as those who are on the Pathway to Chartership – must complete a minimum of 25 hours of CPD every year.

What counts as CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the ongoing process of professional learning and development of skills undertaken by a professional throughout their career. CPD may be undertaken in a number of ways and is not restricted to attendance at classroom sessions.

Any activity that allows you to reflect on what you’ve learned or experienced, and then apply that knowledge or experience to your practice, is CPD. You are encouraged to maintain knowledge in areas relevant to your work, as well as increase your awareness of wider legislative and regulatory factors.

A balanced programme of CPD will include a wide range of formal and informal activities, both personal and professional. You set your own CPD priorities at the beginning of the year, to focus your development.

The following provides some examples of different types and methods of professional development activity:

  • Home-based learning – private study, structured reading on particular themes or topics. Use of audio, video or multi-media resources and other distance-learning material
  • Action-based learning – a systematic, structured approach to the solving of problems in the workplace
  • Preparation of material – for courses, technical meetings or publication in the technical press
  • Research – supervised research
  • Work based development – background reading, research or preparation required to tackle a new area of work, visiting landscape projects, supporting colleagues or mentoring students. IT skills development
  • LI activities – of a technical or professional nature
  • Events – conferences, seminars, workshops or other technical and professional events and meetings including in-house training. Can include soft skills as well as technical skills e.g. presenting, managing a team
  • Study – courses leading to a qualification, short academic courses, open or distance learning, individual study, attending lectures and seminars. Delivering lectures and tutorials

CPD policy

The LI has moved to a more supportive, inclusive, fully online CPD service for members.

As part of the process, a new CPD Policy came into force from July 2020 in line with the new CPD year.

Key changes include:

  • a CPD year that aligns with the LI sessional year (01 July to 30 June)
  • a more supportive approach to monitoring, with advance notice to review and complete records
  • the introduction of a new Waiver Policy to allow members to apply for waivers from CPD requirements dependent upon their circumstances

The LI Code of Practice requires members to undertake CPD as set out in the LI’s CPD Policy.  The CPD Policy requires a minimum of 25 hours’ CPD activity each year and the nature and structure of these hours has changed as below:

Members must now devote at least 10 hours to structured, ‘formal’ learning such as CPD training events (whether free or paid), webinars, workshops etc. In addition, at least 5 hours per year must include topics related to climate, sustainability, resilience, and environmental and biodiversity net gain.

View the CPD Policy (2019) here.

Recording CPD

Completing CPD activity is a condition of ongoing membership for all members other than Student, Affiliate, and Retired members, and those who are currently completing the Pathway to Chartership. All members should be measuring and recording their professional development and striving to become the best they can be.

Our online portal allows all members to set and view their CPD goals and record and review their activities throughout the year, wherever and whenever they need. From July 2021, all members should record their CPD online in the My.LI Landscape Institute members’ area.

The CPD recording form has now been phased out and will no longer be accepted – from 01 July 2021 we require all members use the new online service.

How volunteering for the LI can contribute towards CPD

From education to governance, LI members are involved at every level of the organisation. The dedication of our volunteers helps us better represent and service our members, and in turn, volunteering helps our members develop vital knowledge and skills.

Volunteering doesn’t automatically count towards CPD hours – but it can create opportunities for members to develop their competency and knowledge in relevant areas. In these cases, volunteering can be a great way to contribute to CPD.

Some of the ways in which members can volunteer are:

  • mentoring a colleague or supervising candidates on the Pathway to Chartership
  • joining an LI branch committee, standing committee or professional working group
  • becoming an Ambassador for Landscape and promoting the landscape profession in schools
  • as a Chartership examiner, interviewing and assessing the next generation of Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute

Find out about volunteering for the LI.

2021-22 CPD Review

Each year, the LI selects at random a number of corporate members – excluding Associate members who are actively engaging with the Pathway to Chartership – and monitors their CPD record from the previous year.

Members will be notified in advance if their record is called for review, giving them a chance to review their CPD record and actively address any outstanding objectives and/or uncompleted hours.

The timetable for 2021-22 will be:

  • April 2022: candidates notified
  • June 2022: end of CPD year
  • July 2022: deadline for return
  • August-September 2022: review of returned CPD records
  • September-October 2022: close of monitoring period

CPD Panel

The LI’s CPD Panel is responsible for monitoring selected members. The panel is a subcommittee of the Education & Membership Committee (EMC) and is formed of Chartered professionals experienced in monitoring CPD records.

The Panel assesses whether members have:

  • identified their learning needs and appropriately planned their development
  • recorded CPD appropriately
  • acted on their learning outcomes
  • recorded the minimum required hours: total, formal, informal and climate-related

For further details about the monitoring process, or about CPD in general, please email cpd@landscapeinstitute.org.

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