Just over half of ICE Council members participating in the first round of formal
monitoring of continuing professional development (CPD) have actually submitted their records, said ICE President Peter Hansford last week.
Mandatory CPD for all ICE members was introduced this year following the decision to create a formal process back in 2009.
Previously there was no official tracking of members’ learning and development.
A trial was carried out last year across Council, and all those sitting on committees and member panels, before rolling out to the full membership this spring.
A long-standing criticism of CPD is the perceived amount of time it takes to record activities and development undertaken.
However, the ICE has been keen to stress that CPD is for the membership’s benefit.
ICE membership director David Lloyd Roach said the reasons for driving forward the CPD agenda were two-fold.
“It’s important that we maintain high standards across the profession to ensure the ongoing credibility of ICE’s professionally qualified membership. It also directly benefits the individual.
“Essentially, it provides a way of mapping out your next career steps and making sure you are equipped to achieve your goals.”
Compliance with Rule 5 of the ICE’s Code of Professional Conduct states that “all members shall develop their professional knowledge, skills and competence on a continuing basis”. CPD is the ICE’s means to achieving this.
The ICE has now started its first CPD review across the membership. In the past month a random sample of 10% of the membership - roughly 4,700 members - have been asked to participate. These members have until the end of the month to submit their records.
Of this sample, the CPD panel will formally review 10% and provide feedback later in the year.
Since the Council meeting last week, the number of Council members submitting CPD records rose to 63%.