Continuing professional development (CPD)

Continuing professional development (CPD) is an important aspect of your career as it demonstrates to yourself and your organisation that you are developing as an individual and as an employee, to improve and learn.

This is especially important for a career in payroll, pensions and reward as it ensures that you remain up to date and compliant on changes to policy and legislation. 

Many of CIPP’s services are now accredited by the CPD Certification Service; the benchmark quality CPD symbol; demonstrating the Institute’s commitment to high standards of learning. See the FAQs below for more information.

We have recently changed the CPD recording tool to make it even easier for you to record your CPD.  You can find information below on how to record your CPD on the new system.

Recording your CPD

Almost all the CPD activities that you undertake will fall into certain categories; writing, reading, speaking, listening, doing and, structured learning. And different activities, though for different purposes, may allow you to demonstrate similar development, for example if you have been asked to deliver a presentation to a group of payroll professionals, or to deliver a payroll training course to a group of students, both these activities will require you to research, prepare and analyse the content before delivering it. Therefore both these activities are in the speaking category and each attracts 5 CPD points. You can only use each activity once so you couldn’t use the same activity in both the writing and speaking categories.

Recording CPD is mandatory for associate, full, fellow and Chartered members, with Chartered members required to record at least 40 points of CPD each year, with at least one activity being structured learning or attendance at a CIPP event such as annual conference or a national forum.  

At the beginning of your membership year the points value will re-set to zero and you will begin recording activities again.

CPD is all about demonstrating that you are continuing your learning and your professional development, and that you are keeping up to date with news and current legislation. For that reason, you can only record and obtain points for an activity during the year in which you have undertaken that activity. If you have undertaken an activity in a previous year, such as completing a qualification, then you can’t claim points for it in any future year as that is a past activity not a current one.

How many points will I get for my CPD activity?

Category/skill

CPD activity

Points

Max points per year

Writing: To create written material that would involve research and preparation to assess data and identify information

Preparing/creating articles for magazines, newspapers, newsletters etc.

5

 

Preparing/creating presentations or training courses etc.

5

 

Creating reports or advisory papers for employer or clients

5

 

Preparing/creating documents and procedures for work processes

2

Maximum of 5 processes

Preparing/creating materials for professional groups in a voluntary capacity e.g. schools, small business groups etc.

2

 

Preparing/creating materials for non- professional groups e.g. local events, church groups, voluntary groups, sports and social clubs etc.

2

 

Reading: To read material that reviews or offers new information that expands the individual’s understanding or knowledge

Read Professional in Payroll, Pensions and Reward or other professional magazine

1 per issue

10

Read technical articles, online or paper e.g. blog/newspaper, CIPP newsonline email

1 per issue

 5

Read self- learn book

3

 

Read CIPP Policy News Journal (PNJ)

1 per issue

5

Speaking: To present information verbally to others, which has required either learning of the material or research to prepare and analyse information in a manner that will be effective for that presentation.

Presented to professional groups e.g. CIPP Annual Conference

5

Max of 1 occurrence per presentation

Presentations where individuals have professional understanding, e.g. for schools, small business groups, special interest business associations, trade union associations

3

 Max of 1 occurrence per presentation

Presentation to non- professional groups e.g. local clubs, church groups, voluntary groups,  special interest societies

3

 

Presentation to colleagues on behalf of employer, or to clients

3

 

Presented to media e.g. newspaper, TV or radio interview

5

 

Video creation for self, employer or client e.g. Youtube webinar or instructional video

3

 

Planning/researching before delivering training course or qualification module

5 per event

Max 5 different events, one occurrence per course or module

Listening: To pay notice to the comments being offered by others on professional related topics where information is new or developing personal understanding or experience

Contacting the Advisory Service (either by phone or email)

1

Capped at 5 per year

Attended CIPP conference/event e.g. Annual conference, national forum - HALF DAY

3

 

Attended CIPP conference/event e.g. Annual conference, national forum - FULL DAY

5

 

Attended CIPP conference/event e.g. Annual conference, national forum - TWO DAY

10

 

Attended other professional conference/event e.g. software user group - HALF DAY

3

 

Attended other professional conference/event e.g. software user group - FULL DAY

5

 

Attended other professional conference/event e.g. software user group - TWO DAY

10

 

Attended presentation from software supplier or advisor e.g. Big 4 breakfast - HALF DAY

3

 

Attended presentation from software supplier or advisor e.g. Big 4 breakfast - FULL DAY

5

 

Attended presentation from software supplier or advisor e.g. Big 4 breakfast - TWO DAY

10

 

Attended group meeting e.g. CIPP SIG meeting, local business groups, HMRC - HALF DAY

3

 

Attended group meeting e.g. CIPP SIG meeting, local business groups, HMRC - FULL DAY

5

 

Attended group meeting e.g. CIPP SIG meeting, local business groups, HMRC - TWO DAY

10

 

Attended trade/industry exhibition e.g. software, HMRC

1

 

Listened to radio presentation e.g. podcast/audio commentary

1

 

Watched relevant television program e.g. budget review

1

 

Watched online web program e.g. YouTube, software house offerings, webcasts

1

 

Attended online webinar (live delivery)

3

 

Doing: To undertake a task where there is opportunity to learn new activities or experiences

Accepted duties for professional bodies e.g. agreeing to be representative at consultation committees for CIPP

5

 

Became an active member for software user group, local small business group, special interest business association, trade union associations, think tank

4

 

Lead or significantly contributed to a business project – e.g. change of software, relocation of business environment, introducing new legislation requirements, building of standards and assessment reviews – creating a payroll manual

6

Max 1 occurrence per year (6)

Coached and/or mentored an individual

1

Capped at 3 individuals per year

Being coached or mentored to aid personal development

2 per topic

Capped at 3 topics

Receiving at desk training by a colleague

2 per topic

Capped at 3 topics

Delivering at desk training to a colleague

1 per topic

Capped at 3 topics

Structured Learning (As a student): To follow a training program either attending one or a series of events, or to participate by distance learning, studying a specific topic. The experience could be based at the work place, at a specified location or with online study even at home. Course must be based on payroll, pensions, or reward.

Attended CIPP training course (public or in-house) - HALF DAY

3

 

Attended CIPP training course (public or in-house) - FULL DAY

7

 

Attended CIPP training course (public or in-house) - TWO DAY

10

 

Attended training course with other organisation - HALF DAY

3

 

Attended training course with other organisation - FULL DAY

7

 

Attended training course with other organisation - TWO DAY

10

 

Attended employer training programs for business process /system awareness - HALF DAY

3

 

Attended employer training programs for business process /system awareness - HALF DAY

7

 

Attended employer training programs for business process /system awareness - HALF DAY

10

 

Completed CIPP or other level 3 qualification e.g. Payroll Technician Certificate

15

 

Completed CIPP or other level 4 qualification e.g. Advanced Payroll Technician Certificate

18

 

Completed CIPP or other level 5 qualification e.g. Foundation Degree in Payroll Management

20

 

Completed CIPP or other level 6 qualification e.g. BA (Hons) in Applied Business and Management

25

 

Completed CIPP or other level 7 qualification e.g. MSc in Business and Reward Management

30

 

How to use the CPD logging tool

  1. Log into your My CIPP members’ area
  2. Find ‘My CPD’ on the side menu
  3. Record your learning objectives on the main CPD page
  4. Click on the blue box ‘Add a new record’
  5. Complete the form, record your activity and click ‘submit’
  6. The main CPD page will keep a running total of the points you have recorded during the current membership year

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Continuing professional development FAQ's

What CIPP services are CPD Service accredited?

The following training courses, events and qualifications are CPD Service accredited:

CIPP public training courses

  • Construction industry scheme
  • Creating payroll procedures
  • Employment status and employment intermediaries
  • Essential additions to payroll basics
  • Holiday pay and leave
  • Introduction to PAYE and NICs
  • Introduction to payroll
  • Introduction to statutory payments
  • Overpayments recovery workshop
  • P11D expenses and benefits
  • Payroll and HR legislation update
  • Payroll for non-payroll professionals
  • Payrolling benefits and legislation update
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Termination payments

Certificates and qualifications

  • Certificate in Pensions Administration
  • Payroll Technician Certificate
  • Advanced Payroll Technician Certificate
  • Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management
  • Foundation Degree in Payroll Management

CIPP events

  • National Forums
  • CIPP and AAT hot topic events
  • Payroll and pensions updates
  • Budget Update
  • The CIPP’s Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • CIPP’s Scottish National Conference and Exhibition

This list will be updated as additional products and services become certified.

What counts as CPD?

CPD is any form of learning or development that benefits you in your professional environment.

Examples include:

  • Calls into the CIPP’s Advisory Service
  • On the job learning
  • Attending national forums
  • Any form of networking where you may have learned something new
  • Attending training courses and/or events - CPD is not just completing a qualification; it is the part that comes after that. Achieving a qualification is a great way of demonstrating knowledge and skills at a given point in time. CPD is demonstrating that you have maintained and developed your knowledge and skill set and you demonstrate this by setting learning objectives and development goals, whatever stage of your career you are at.

Almost every day most people will be undertaking some form of CPD.  For example, if an employee requests Shared Parental Leave and pay but you have never dealt with this type of request before, you would no doubt undertake research on GOV.UK, you may also call the CIPP’s Advisory Service to confirm your understanding, you may even book yourself on to a training course.  All these activities would count as CPD, the research on GOV.UK would count as reading, calling the Advisory Service as listening and attending a training course would be structured learning.

What evidence must I keep?

You do not need to submit evidence of your CPD activity when you are recording it on the CPD tool, but a proportion of members will be randomly asked to provide evidence that they have undertaken the activities they have logged and that they are complying with the CIPP’s CPD requirements.

What is the CPD Certification Service?

The CPD Certification Service is the independent CPD accreditation centre. Their aim is to enable and support organisations and institutions implementing continuing professional development, by providing an industry recognised accreditation for CPD applicable activities and learning.

Thousands of CPD training courses, events, e-learning programmes, conferences, workshops and seminars are formally accredited by the service every year.

The service evaluates and assesses learning activities to the highest standards and issues the CPD Certified symbol as a qualitative benchmark. Use of this symbol, along with the CPD Member symbol, offers individuals and organisations reassurance that the material concerned achieves the required qualitative standards.

Many of CIPP’s services are now accredited by the CPD Certification Service. See below for more information.

Who needs to complete CPD?

All CIPP members have access to the CPD area of the website and are welcome, and encouraged, to log their CPD, regardless of membership level.

However, if you are an associate, full, fellow or chartered member of the CIPP, you are required to record your CPD to be able to renew your membership in accordance with the CIPP code of conduct.  Chartered Members must record at least 40 points worth of CPD activities each year.

Why is CPD important?

Things in payroll are ever changing and professionals in the industry need to consistently learn and develop to keep ahead of these changes. Through logging your CPD with the CIPP, and subsequently using the letters associated with membership after your name, you are demonstrating your commitment to keeping up to date and being compliant.

You are also showing your employer, or future employers, that you are open to change and willing to learn new processes or ways of doing things which may improve operational efficiencies.

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