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2017 CPD Scheme

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a way for professional geologists to maintain and develop the standards of technical and professional competence required for their work. As well as broadening your knowledge, CPD gives assurance to your employers, and to society in general, that you are professionally competent.

2017 CPD scheme

The Society's previous system for CPD had remained unchanged for 16 years, and was based on an outdated weighted points system. 

The 2017 CPD scheme is a significant departure, with a much broader comprehension of CPD in place and wider range of topics admissible as CPD activities.

The new system is:

  • solely time based on hours (no longer a weighted points-based system)
  • easier to understand and use
  • more encompassing: a greater number of activities are included
  • re-categorised with six main categories of activities.

CPD planning and recording will be required for all Chartered Fellows (ie, for Fellows with CGeol and, or, CSci) and for Fellows aspiring to Chartership. Undertaking and recording CPD is also very strongly advised for other Fellows who are professionally active. 

As before, CPD is a recursive, reflective system of: plan → act → reflect based on experiential learning