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Continuing professional development opportunities

Continuing professional development (CPD) points to support application for, or renewal of, Chartered Geographer status can be gathered from a range of activities.

Chartered Geographers are required to collect a minimum of 35 points (20 external and 15 internal) every year to maintain their status. One hour is roughly equal to one point, up to a maximum of five points in a day. For more information, see CPD guidance and proforma (MSWORD).

Some examples of relevant geographical events, courses, and training are listed below.


Many higher education institutions offer Master's level courses which can be studied part time by online or distance learning. Some institutions also offer professionals the chance to study individual modules for CPD.

  • Search for geographical postgraduate courses by area of interest, level, mode of study and location
  • Other academic opportunities, including events run by the Society's Research Groups, may be listed on Geobyte - the Society's weekly update for the geographical research and higher education community




CPD event recognition

The Society formally recognises CPD events that are suitable for Chartered Geographers and other professional geographers. Events can include networking evenings, formal and informal training and courses, conferences, lectures and webinars – activities that help develop new geographical skills, knowledge and connections.

The Society recognises courses through kite marking. The kite mark raises the profile of the CPD activity, highlighting its relevance for Chartered Geographer and other professional accreditations.

Whether an activity is suitable for the CGeog kite mark is at the discretion of the Chartered Geographer Final Assessment Committee. The Society generally suggests one hour of CPD is equivalent to one CPD point towards a CPD record, however each submission is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Current organisations adopting the kite mark for their CPD events include Landmark, the Royal Air Force, TYC GIS, the British Library, GeoPlace amongst others.

Please find the application form to apply for CPD event recognition here.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of kite marking CPD events please contact the Professional Officer - cgeog@rgs.org

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