It is recognised that professionals cannot expect their initial qualifications and training to equip them for their entire working life. Maintaining professional competence requires a continuous focused commitment to learn and develop new skills and abilities. CPD enables this development.

CPD Credits
Credits are awarded for qualifying activities. A total number of 40 credits per year are required and will be assessed over a two year rolling period with a total of 80 credits being required to maintain development at an acceptable level. A maximum of 60 and a minimum of 20 credits per year will count towards the overall assessment. The number of credits available for each activity are summarised in the CPD activity table.

Qualifying Activities include :

  • All IFM seminars, conferences, training courses and technical meetings
  • Seminars, conferences, training courses, technical meeting and workshops organised by other professional bodies; universities, colleges, local authorities, relevant trade associations and other course providers;
  • Relevant committees and working parties;
  • Supervised research, normally within an academic establishment;
  • Flexible open learning programmes and structured reading projects;
  • In-house training / briefing sessions;
  • Technical authorship or preparation of relevant lectures, training sessions or seminar papers.

The CPD Framework
The content and subject area of your CPD activities should be relevant to your personal role, or professional development aims. Activities can be broadly grouped into three categories:

  • Fisheries Management
  • Environmental management and sustainable development
  • Personal skills and competencies (e.g. IT skills, Project management, etc)
  • A minimum of 50% of credits must come from activities directly related to fisheries management.

Recording CPD
Record forms are available to download or print in either Word or Excel format. There is no fixed way of recording CPD so feel free to create your own record form if you wish. It is, however, recommended that you use one of the forms available here as a basis for your own record to ensure that all of the relevant information is captured.

The real value of CPD is obtained by taking a planned approach. By recording CPD intentions in the future, a review of actual CPD activity can help you draw up a structured personal plan for the following year. Missed opportunities or unsuccessful CPD can be revisited and a developing professional will make the best of opportunities ahead with this approach.

Our chartership umbrella body, SocEnv, requires regular audits of the IFM's CPD scheme in order to demonstrate that it is working effectively and that members are undertaking the CPD required of them to maintain chartered status. Members will be periodically requested to submit their CPD records for audit purposes.

Chartered members who do not submit their records when asked, or who fail to achieve the required number of CPD points for the period, will be asked to provide an explanation. If this explanation is deemed unsatisfactory then they will be referred to the Training Committee and may lose their chartered status.

Any queries about CPD not covered in the FAQs should be sent to: cpdev@ifm.org.uk