The clock is ticking: Just a few days left to complete your 2014 CPD record

Members of the CIPR, you have until Saturday to record points for this year’s Continuing Personal Development scheme. But before you scream and tear out your hair, just remember the purpose of the scheme. Simply put, it’s about maintaining and improving standards in our industry and our own skills.

I’m pretty unequivocal about the value of Continuing Personal Development (CPD) and have been a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) scheme since 2008, gaining Accredited Practitioner status in 2012. Oh, and I love learning.

So for me it’s about expanding my learning and knowledge whilst at the same time challenging how and think and do things, particularly in my professional life. Something we could perhaps all consider the benefits of.

In the last year my focus has been on completing my MSc in Corporate Communications at Leeds Beckett University. Therefore this meant I automatically gained the 60 required points for this year’s allocation. This was much more work than I had ever completed in a CPD year to date. So I was grateful that this accounted for the entire year.

My CPD points for 2014
My CPD points for 2014

However as you’ll see from the image to the left, I also attended some events, read books and other materials and mentored a student.

Some of these activities were inspired by the amazing database of activities provided by the CIPR.  I think anyone would struggle not to find benefit from these.

So, you have 24 hours left; dive in and get those points accrued and develop your skills along the way. Good luck!