It is now readily accepted that all professionals in whatever field of expertise commit themselves to a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. It is realised in today’s world that people are considered to be more competent through extending their knowledge by following a programme of development, learning and updating.
In keeping with this thinking the Institute follows this course to enable members to be considered and accepted as taking the professional way forward. This will also maintain their standards and competence levels.
The CPD Programme has been endorsed by the Board of Directors and is mandatory for members to maintain their level of membership. The CPD points system has been significantly revised over the years and made easier to accrue the required points. It has also been aligned with other Professional Bodies, Institutes and Learned Societies. Up to date CPD records will be required for all members who are seeking upgrade of their membership status.
How the IIMS CPD system works
From 1 January 2017, major revisions have been made to the IIMS CPD scheme.
The scheme is now based around the development and launch of a new App, currently in final testing, meaning that automation will make the whole CPD process far easier to manage and complete. The App, which will be freely downloadable, will work on a smart phone, but there is also an internet based version for use on PC and laptop too.
The previous three year CPD cycle has finished with immediate effect. From 1 January 2017 the IIMS CPD scheme is based on one calendar year, in other words from January to December 2017 and so on. A member’s CPD account is now set to zero and any existing points are lost. The aim now is to acquire 10 CPD points in this and subsequent calendar years to keep up to date. The activities for how a member can claim points are slightly amended, but it is the administration of how to do it that alters significantly. To see how easy it is to acquire points, one can view the CPD points table here: IIMS-CPD-points-table-from-1-January-2017.
NB. There will be members who are semi retired, or retired, who wish to maintain their membership but who are unable to accrue adequate points. Dispensation will be awarded on submission of a written application. Each application will be reviewed by the Director of the Professional Assessment Committee and considered on individual merit.
If you have questions about the new CPD scheme, please email the IIMS Membership Secretary.
CPD recording process
Each IIMS member will have has a unique log in, the same one used to access individual membership pages on the web site. Members will be encouraged to claim points in real time rather than saving up a claim for months. So for example, let’s say you attended an IIMS training day yesterday. At the end of the event, or on your return home, you can open the app to make a claim for 5 points for the training event from the drop down menu. You submit your claim. An automatic email comes back to you to advise you that your points claim has been submitted and will be verified soon. At the same time an email comes into IIMS advising us that you are claiming 5 points for attending the IIMS training day.
The IIMS Membership Secretary will click to accept or decline your claim. Assuming your claim is verified and accepted, an email is automatically sent back to you to inform you that 5 CPD points have been added to your CPD account and that you only require 5 more points by 31 December 2017 to make your quota. This process repeats each time you make a successful CPD points claim, with the number required counting down.
There is no limit to the number of points you can successfully claim in a year, but you will only be able to carry a total of 3 CPD points forward to the following year, which the app will automatically do. You can send attachments to substantiate your claims too if necessary. You will also have a record of all points achieved that you can refer back to at any time.
In the event you do not make any CPD points claims during the year, you will be reminded periodically and automatically by email that you have a duty and responsibility to acquire the necessary points by the 31 December.
Watch out for further details of the new app (expected mid January) and details of how the new scheme will operate.
CPD is the responsibility of the Director of the IIMS Professional Assessment Committee and the Director’s decision on all matters concerning CPD is final.