Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at IRM

What is CPD?
CPD is any activity that enhances your professional capability. That could be: attending a training course or conference, participating in a special interest or regional group event, completing a piece of e-learning, or reading relevant material, including Enterprise Risk. CPD is often defined as either formal (attendance on a course, for example) or informal (e.g. reading).

What counts as CPD?
Anything that you consider enhances your professional competence counts as CPD. An activity does not have to be formally “designated” as CPD for it to be of value – you decide what you need.

Who has to engage in CPD?
CPD is compulsory for IRM qualified members – that is, anyone who has earned the right to use any of our post-nominal designations, with the exception of retired and honorary members, and Certificate Members (IRMCerts) studying for the Diploma. Qualified members are expected to complete 30 hours of CPD in any given membership year, of which at least half should be formal learning.

Should I keep a record of my CPD activities?
Yes. Having completed a particular CPD activity you should evaluate what you’ve learnt. You should be able to demonstrate how that activity has made a difference to your capability and, ultimately, your job performance. You should always log details of any activity; you can use either your employer’s form or another form of documentation, including the personal development record and action plan available on the website.

Is CPD monitored?
Yes. Qualified members are subject to a CPD audit. A random selection of members is asked annually to submit a CPD return. Failure to demonstrate compliance with the CPD requirement may lead to loss of membership.

For further information, contact the Membership Team on