The unit route is for members who plan and organise their own CPD. If you follow the unit route, you are required to complete 40 relevant units of CPD each year, where one unit equals one hour of development. 21 units must be verifiable; the other 19 can be non-verifiable. It is extremely important to focus on relevance to your role and your career ambitions.
No matter what your learning activity is, if you can answer ‘yes' to the three questions below, you can record your learning activity as verifiable CPD:
- Was the learning activity relevant to your career?
- Can you explain how you will apply the learning in the workplace?
- Can you provide evidence that you undertook the learning activity?
If you have undertaken general learning which is not related to a specific outcome, it is likely to be non-verifiable CPD. This includes general reading and research.
Carrying forward units
If you achieve more than 21 verifiable units in one year, and have achieved 19 non-verifiable units, you can carry forward up to 21 verifiable units to the next CPD year. An example of when this might happen is if you have been studying intensively for an MBA or another qualification. You cannot carry forward any non-verifiable units.