Obligation to submit CPD records
All corporate members of the LI (Licentiate, Chartered, Fellow, Academic, Academic Fellow) are required under Standard 7 of the Code of Conduct to complete a minimum of 25 hours of CPD every year. Consequently the LI has a responsibility to monitor a random sample of members to ensure compliance with the Code.
The CPD year is changing from January-December to July-June. For 2019-20 the CPD year will be extended to allow for the transition and will run from January 2019 to June 2020. In March the LI will select at random a number of corporate members and notify them that their records for 2019-20 will be called in for monitoring in July. This helps us to ensure that members are fulfilling their obligations as outlined in the LI Code of Conduct. Licentiate members who are actively engaging with the Pathway to Chartership are not selected for monitoring.
When selected for monitoring members are required to submit their CPD records covering the previous year. CPD submissions are reviewed by the LI’s CPD Monitoring Committee, which comprises of chartered members. The committee assesses whether members have:
- identified their learning needs and planned their learning and development accordingly
- recorded their CPD in the appropriate form
- acted on their learning outcomes
- evidenced that their knowledge and skills are up to date
- completed the appropriate amount of hours
Feedback will be provided which we hope members will find useful in supporting their professional development. Members failing to comply with the monitoring process will be in breach of the Code of Professional Conduct and subject to the CPD disciplinary process as outlined below:
- Members who miss all deadlines to return CPD records for review are automatically in breach of Standard 7 of the Code of Conduct. They will receive a letter of admonishment with a £50 fine
- If the member then returns their CPD record within four weeks the committee will review it. They will also call the members’ record for review the following year. The member will have a record of the breach placed on their membership record, which will be considered ‘spent’ after 10 years
- If the member fails to return their CPD record, they will be in breach of standards 2 and 5 as well as standard 7. (Standard 2 obliges members to uphold the reputation and dignity of their profession; standard 5 obliges members to act with integrity and in keeping with their professional obligations.). The disciplinary process will be escalated, and the member may need to undertake monitored CPD with an approved mentor
If the member still fails to comply, it may be necessary to call a formal professional conduct hearing. The outcome of this may involve more serious sanctions (which could include suspension or expulsion) along with the publication of the member’s misconduct.