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Our 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.

About the scheme

The CPD scheme:

  • Is solely time-based on hours (no longer a weighted points-based system)
  • Is more encompassing: a greater number and range of activities are included
  • Has been re-categorised with six main categories of activities

CPD planning and recording is mandatory 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 

When to record CPD activity

As a Fellow of the Society who is a candidate for Chartership you need to show, through professional practice, education, training and participation within the geological community, that you are maintaining and improving your professional competency. You also need to demonstrate that you are committed to maintaining your CPD throughout your career.

You can do this by recording any activities you undertake which improve and develop your skills. There are a range of activities which contribute to your CPD, from attending conferences to developing your business skills. 

When completing your CPD we require a plan → act → reflect approach. 

  • Outline your aims and objectives for each year;
  • Record the CPD activities undertaken and 
  • Reflect on what you have achieved (learning outcomes).

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CPD doesn’t end once you have achieved Chartership. In order to maintain your chartered status, you must continue to record CPD activities throughout your career.

Recording CPD activity online

You can record your CPD activities in the new online MyGSL portal. Login at the top of any page and navigate to 'Manage CPD'.

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  • Once on the ‘Track your CPD’ page, there will be an overview of your CPD terms.
    • Target hours are based on your employment status (which can be edited in your profile) and are graph visual. 
  • If you are recording CPD elsewhere you can notify the Society by selecting the check box.
  • To start recording activity, you need to add at least one ‘Personal Development Goal’
    • Select the ‘Personal Development Goal’ button
    • Add a title and description
    • Save the goal.
  • To add an activity, follow the ‘Add Activity’ button. 
    • Once on the 'Add Activity' page, there will be a series of checkboxes and fields. 
    • Select the relevant fields to associate the activity with your personal development goal, 
    • Then add dates, description detail and relevant documents
  • You can add more than one goal, and more than one activity against each goal.
  • To view the activity logged, navigate to the 'Your personal development goal's' panel.
    • Select the downward arrow on the right hand side 
    • You can also edit or delete the activity detail.
  • Track your progress using the graphs and targets on the page. These are updated each time an activity is added. 
  • To add an overall reflection for the year
    • Navigate to the bottom of the page and
    • Select 'Add' in the 'Your overall reflection for CPD Term YYYY' panel

If you have recorded CPD using the previous online system (pre-2016), your activity will be available on your record in a read only format.

Recording CPD hours

It is recommended that you record at least 90 hours of CPD for each year if you are in full-time employment. A minimum of 30 hours must be from On-the-job-learning. 

The remaining 60 hours (= 90 - 30 hours) of CPD should be spread across at least 2 of the other 5 new CPD categories.

View CPD categories and activities (see regulations: R/FP/13 section 5.2)

Making a start

Start by outlining your aims and objectives for the year, record your CPD activities and at the end of the year add an annual review and reflect on what you achieve.

Each CPD activity should have:

  • The date of the event
  • The CPD category
  • A brief description of the event, including a note of the provider (if it is a course)
  • The number of hours spent
  • Any evidence of participation, i.e., keep a record!

Your completed CPD should have:

  • A statement of planned goals and objectives
  • A table for recording all CPD events
  • A summary of hours gained in each CPD category
  • A short reflection on what was achieved
  • An indication of which objectives were not achieved, and why
  • A brief discussion of events undertaken that were not in the plan

Activities are now calculated based on hours. The weighted points-based system no longer applies.


All Chartered Geologists are required to confirm annually that they are performing and recording their CPD. 

A proportion of Chartered Geologists are selected each year for an audit of their CPD records, in order to ensure that they are maintaining their records. 

If selected, a CGeol will be required to present a written account of their CPD activities.

Other forms of Chartership

If you are a Chartered Scientist, you are required by the Science Council to confirm annually that you are maintaining your professional standards, using your CPD records. The Society takes responsibility for CScis who are also our Fellows, through our online recording scheme and annual audits.

We also provide this service for those who hold the European Geologist title (EurGeol), in accordance with the requirements of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG).

All working Chartered Fellows, including EurGeol, who do not fully engage with and complete their CPD annually, run the risk of having their Chartered and EurGeol status removed.


The CPD scheme is designed to take into account changes in your working patterns which may make it difficult or impossible for you to meet the usual targets set out. (For details, see regulations: R/FP/13 section 5.3 table.1)

Are you using an alternative scheme?

If you are using an alternative scheme to record your CPD (e.g., through your employer) please inform us by email

You will need to repeat this for each year you use an alternative scheme.


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