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Continuing professional development

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a career long process by which professionals keep their subject, knowledge, skills and understanding up to date.

CPD is applicable to all professions and should be encouraged as standard practice in the workplace.

CPD is also an important part of the application and assessment process for Chartered Geographer, and is a requirement for all those awarded chartered status.

Requirements for application

  • Evidence of a commitment to CPD is needed for all CGeog applications. It is strongly recommended that supporting evidence from at least the last three years is included in your record of CPD, in whatever format is most suitable, and that activities are grouped by year 
  • The Society's template CPD Record (MSWORD) for Chartered Geographers can be used in your application. Please make sure you include all dates, locations, topics, presenter, author, audience and attendee information, where appropriate
  • Evidence of a future commitment to CPD is also essential for a successful CGeog application
  • CGeog (GIS) applicants may choose to take part in the AGI CPD Scheme, which produces a certified and formal record of professional development. The records can be used in both application for CGeog and maintaining CGeog status

Maintaining chartered status

  • Chartered Geographers are required to log all CPD activities and submit this to the RGS-IBG on an annual basis
  • Chartered Geographers need to collect at least 35 points per year (minimum 15 internal and 20 external CPD points); with the general rule being one hour of CPD equals one CPD point (see CPD guidance and proforma (MSWORD) for further details)

CPD should be a lifelong activity where you plan what you need to do next to enhance your career, carry this out, and then analyse what you learnt and what you will need to do next to improve even further. 

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