CIPR CPD is an online resource where you can access, plan and record CPD activities. CPD is about progression and constantly updating your skills, and is your route to becoming a Chartered PR Practitioner.

There are over 1200 activities available, of which 900 or more are absolutely free. You earn points from each activity. You log your CPD points from 1 March each year to 28 February the following year and you need to log 60 points before each February deadline.

When you have logged 120 CPD points you automatically become an Accredited Public Relations Practitioner. To become a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner you need to undertake an assessment day. To be eligible for the Chartered Public Relations Practitioner assessment day you need to be a CIPR member (MCIPR or FCIPR), be registered for CIPR CPD and demonstrate a commitment to life long learning.

There are two streams in CIPR CPD:

Stream 1: Developing yourself
Stream 2: Supporting others

As long as it's relevant, not part of your job, and about developing your own (or someone else's) skills and knowledge, you can probably count it as CIPR CPD.

Activities could includes: - training courses, conferences, presentations, briefings and webinars (CIPR or other)
- studying for a qualification (CIPR or other)
- reading books or short publications (e.g. case-studies Members only and skills guides)
- writing books or CIPR short publications
- delivering or receiving coaching, mentoring and work-shadowing
-delivering (unpaid) lectures and presentations
- ad-hoc learning, research or study project
- voluntary work (where you're using your PR skills and knowledge)
- sitting on CIPR (or other relevant) committees and working groups or judging panels

Anything that is part of your regular job or for which you're paid, any blogging or writing short content for publication or attending social events (including Award ceremonies) do not count towards your CPD points.

Logging CPD points

To access the CPD activities and to log your CPD point, visit My CPD. If the activity you are logging is not already in the database, you can add custom activities. If it's a non CIPR activity it will be moderated by the CIPR and if approved, the points will be added to your dashboard.

The CPD programme is an exciting opportunity for PR professionals to get ahead. Take advantage of it. Need some help? Go to Resources for factsheets, handbook and tips to help you get the most from CIPR CPD. Or email the CPD helpdesk.

For full details about the CPD programme, visit the CIPR CPD pages.