What is CPD?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of your knowledge and skill and the development of the personal qualities you need for your professional life, as well as the technical duties you will undertake. CPD is your commitment to enhancing your skills and capability throughout your professional career.
CPD is your commitment to continually update your skills and knowledge in order to remain professionally competent. Landscape professionals always strive to be the best they can, and maintain a professional interest in the wide variety of issues which affect this profession. CPD is an ongoing process of action and reflection which ensures that you are in control of your own development as you set your own objectives based on your needs.
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.
Why is it important?
Membership of the LI sends a signal to employers, clients and the public of your level of competence as a professional. It is therefore important to maintain this competence in line with changes in law, professional best practice, and to your role.