As the Royal Chartered Body for the landscape profession, the Landscape Institute (LI) is responsible for ensuring our members uphold the very highest standards of conduct, professionalism and skill.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a commitment by members to maintain their professional competence, knowledge and relevance in a challenging and fast-moving professional environment.

What is CPD?

CPD is the ongoing process of professional growth and skills development throughout a practitioner’s career. CPD can entail any number of formal and informal activities, both personal and professional; a balanced programme will include a mix of all these.

The best practitioners strive to maintain a professional interest in the issues that affect our work. CPD is a great opportunity for members to step back from their day-to-day job and reflect on their professional environment as a whole.

Activity only qualifies as CPD if the member undertaking it has personally learnt from it – which means it should relate to clearly defined objectives. Members set their CPD goals at the beginning of each year to focus their development.

CPD means focussed, goal-oriented learning and reflection. CPD hours recorded should reflect the number of full hours of relevant learning – not simply the number of hours spend reading, attending events etc. We encourage members to use their professional judgement to determine this.

What can count as CPD?

  • Any formal or published written work such as articles, proposals, project plans or tenders
  • Attendance at seminars, conferences or briefings, whether free or paid for, online, streamed or attended in person
  • Delivering lectures and tutorials
  • LI activities of a technical or professional nature
  • Peer-to-peer discussions (this can include 1-1s with peers discussing topics of relevance)
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring (either mentoring someone else or being mentored yourself)
  • Private study of relevant journals, newsletters, articles, briefing papers and practice notes
  • Research you have conducted on relevant topics
  • Study, whether on courses leading to a qualification, short academic courses, open or distance learning, individual study or attending lectures
  • Work-based development, including background reading, research or preparation to tackle a new area of work; visiting landscape projects, supporting colleagues or mentoring students

CPD policy

The LI is switching to a more supportive, inclusive, fully online CPD service for members.

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

Key changes include:

  • a CPD year that aligns with the LI sessional year (1 July to 30 June)
  • a more supportive approach to monitoring, with 3 months’ 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 Conduct still requires all corporate members to complete a minimum of 25 hours’ CPD activity each year. But the nature and structure of these hours will change.

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 New CPD Policy (2019) here.

Recording CPD

For all but affiliate, retired and student members, completing CPD activity is a condition of ongoing membership of the LI. All members should be measuring and recording their professional development and striving to become the best they can be.

Your CPD record is to make a note of any CPD activity you undertake, and summarise your relevant learning from it.

Our new online portal will allow all members to set and view their CPD goals and record and review their activities throughout the year, wherever and whenever they need. We aim to fully transition to online recording by 2022, and encourage all members to record their CPD online in the My.LI Landscape Institute members’ area.

For the first year, members will have the option of continuing to fill in our CPD recording form if they wish. From 2021, we will require all members to 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 very good 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.

2020-21 CPD Review

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

We now notify candidates in advance when their records are being called for review. We hope that this will be far more helpful to members, giving them a chance to review their CPD record and actively address any outstanding objectives and/or uncompleted hours.

The timetable for 2020-21 will be:

  • April 2021: candidates notified
  • June 2021: end of CPD year
  • July-August 2021: review of returned CPD records
  • September 2021: close of monitoring period

CPD monitoring committee

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

The CPD Panel assesses whether members have:

  • identified their learning needs and appropriately planned their development
  • recorded their CPD in the correct form
  • acted on their learning outcomes
  • demonstrated that their knowledge and skills are up to date
  • 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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