Continuing Professional Development
What is CPD?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques for continued learning throughout your career. The broad aim of CPD is to keep up to date with new developments in your profession, so you can continue to grow and develop as a professional.
The RSS CPD policy
The Society has a CPD policy in place since 2004, with an update implemented in 2009. It is recommended you read the 2009 version of the CPD Policy in full.
Additional guidance on following the Society’s CPD Policy and on preparing 12-month CPD summaries can be found in a report based on a review of CPD summaries submitted as part of the 2011 CSci revalidation process.
Who is it for?
An active interest in CPD is now common practice for all professionals and the RSS believes CPD activities in statistics are for the entire RSS membership to engage with. Professionally qualified fellows (holders of Chartered Statistician status (CStat) or equivalent MIS or FIS) are formally obliged to do so, under the terms of the code of conduct. Members who hold the Chartered Scientist status (CSci) award are required to comply with an annual revalidation based on evidence of engagement in CPD. The Society has decided to also introduce revalidation of the CStat award, based on CPD evidence, on a five-yearly basis.
As part of our CPD policy, we offer our professionally qualified fellows the opportunity to apply periodically for a Maintained Professional Certificate which gives formal recognition of engagement in CPD activities.
What counts as CPD?
The scope of activities that count as CPD can be found in the appendix 1 of the CPD Policy document. The activities cover 5 categories: Work based learning, Professional activity, Formal/educational, Self-directed learning, Other.
To illustrate the types of CPD activity that are undertaken by statisticians at various stages of different careers, several examples of one-year CPD profiles have been provided, anonymously, by professional members of the Society.
Training courses such as those run by The Society's Professional Development Centre fall into the formal/educational category. There are many examples of non-formal CPD; please see our brochure on CPD training opportunities as a member of the RSS.
How do I keep track of my CPD?
The Society has an online CPD recording system which is freely available to members. The system is simple and easy to use; please consult the user guide for further information.
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Further information about the Society and CPD is available here