Skills and development

Continuous Professional Development

Continuous learning throughout your career ensures you remain an effective and influential CRS professional.

Use our framework and guidance to help set personal objectives, track your progress, and reflect on your experience. These tools can easily complement any other professional development support you have in place.

The ICRS defines Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as how you maintain and extend your professional knowledge and skills. It is fundamental to your ongoing effectiveness and development. It covers both formal and informal learning and development. Members should regularly reflect on their CPD and plan according to their professional development needs.

As ICRS Members, you agree to adhere to our CPD Policy requirements:

  • Commit to their continuing professional development
  • Understand that development is continuous and applicable to every level of membership
  • Undertake CPD, in alignment with the ICRS Competency Framework
  • Maintain records of their CPD using the CPD Personal Development Plan and Log
  • Take responsibility for their own development
  • Upon request, provide evidence of compliance with these policy requirements
  • Compliance by members

All members of the ICRS will be required to undertake CPD. At this stage, we are not prescribing the number of hours or units a member should complete. Members will, however, be responsible for assessing their development needs and designing their own CPD programme.

The emphasis is on reflective learning and the benefits that members derive from their CPD. In addition, members are encouraged to use the ICRS CPD Guide to assess future development needs.

Compliance with the policy requirements is a condition of membership to the ICRS. The ICRS selects a random sample of its members to monitor each year; those selected must submit their ICRS CPD Personal Development Plan and Log and will be expected to provide their CPD record for at least a year. The sample is weighted to include an appropriate proportion of members within each membership level. We will be in contact if we have selected you for monitoring.