Continuing Professional Development


What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques for continued learning throughout your career. CPD aims to keep you up to date with developments in your profession so you can develop as a professional. Access our online CPD system by logging into MyRSS (CStat and GradStat only) and then selecting "CPD" from either the drop down or side menu. Please note that if you are already logged into our site then you can just select "CPD" from the drop down "MyRSS" menu (top right).

Our CPD policy

We encourage all our members to read the details of our CPD policy outlined in Continuing Professional Development (PDF).

Guidance on the RSS CPD Policy and CPD recording (PDF) gives advice on how to prepare 12-month CPD summaries. The report is base on CPD summaries submitted as part of the 2011 Chartered Scientist (CSci) revalidation process.

Who is it for?

An active interest in CPD is common practice for all professionals.

We encourage all our members to engage in CPD activities and as set out in our Code of Conduct. CPD is compulsory for professional members (holders of Chartered Statistician status (CStat) or equivalent MIS or FIS). Members who hold the CSci award are required to comply with an annual revalidation based on evidence of engagement in CPD.

What counts as CPD?

The scope of activities that count as CPD can be found in the Continuing Professional Development appendix 1 (PDF).
Activities cover:

  • Work based learning
  • Professional activity
  • Formal/educational
  • Self-directed learning
  • Other

Support materials

  • To find out about the types of CPD activity undertaken by professional members read the CPD summaries on our CPD profile page (based on audit submissions from the CSci revalidation process 2011)
  • For examples of the formal/educational category take a look at the training courses run by our Professional Development Centre
  • CPD opportunities at the RSS (PDF) outlines how involvement in the Society contributes to your CPD

Keeping track of your CPD

We have an online CPD recording system that is freely available to our CStat and GradStat members.