Continuing Professional Development


Supporting members with a commitment and a record of their development as an IT and Digital Professional.

We will recognise the CPD recording systems of other recognised professional bodies.

Latest news

We are seeking to provide an online CPD scheme which will allow members to set aspirations to improve their SFIA level and skills. This will also allow the easy creation of a CPD entry against the aspiration.



CPD provides credible assurance that members are up to date with latest thinking and developments in IT/digital leadership.


CPD records should be completed each year and a sample of accredited members' records may be requested and reviewed by Socitm annually.


Client commitments

Complete a CPD record for each learning event or experience.

Continuous Professional Development Learning Activities

CPD should be a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice and should include activities in at least three (exceptionally two) of the following categories:


Worked based learning

Work based learning is professional development that takes place by fulfilling the current job role. Such development naturally takes place as experience is gained in the role, greater independence and responsibility is given, and the complexity and scope of work undertaken increases.

Work based learning also includes in-house learning activities and development opportunities that are provided by the employer as part of staff orientation and development in support of organisational performance and objectives.

Worked based learning - Examples

•    Experiential learning: Learning by doing the job – gaining, and learning from, experience – expanding role

•    In-service training – includes orientation programs, standard operating procedures and employee development

•    Receiving coaching from others

•    Work shadowing

•    Peer review of own work, including presentations to colleagues

•    Review of case studies & literature

•    Participating in journal club

•    Discussions with colleagues – idea generation, problem solving, etc.

•    Presentations to external clients, regulators, policy makers

•    Supervising colleagues or students

•    Job rotation, secondments, and sabbaticals

•    Involvement in the wider work of employer – beyond scope of role

•    Post-mortem & lessons learnt activities following significant projects, events

•    Requesting and analysing feedback on performance from colleagues, clients

•    Participating in the employer’s performance appraisal and goal setting process


Professional activity

Professional activities that support professional development include participating in the management and organisation of a professional body; and also participating in activities that develop the professional skills and knowledge of other professionals, and participating in activities that apply IT-related expertise in the wider community.

Professional activity - Examples

•    Involvement in the management of a professional body – officer, organiser, committee member, working group member.

•    Organiser of an IT conference, meeting or course

•    Being an examiner

•    Being a referee for a journal

•    Supervisor of research

•    Membership of a technical expert group – e.g. special interest group, section or study group

•    Being an expert witness

•    Lecturing or teaching (new material)

•    Giving presentations or being a discussant at IT conferences or meetings

•    Networking with professionals in other organisations

•    Coaching or mentoring


Functional / educational

Formal/educational professional development includes the participation in activities that lead to gaining academic/professional qualifications and the attendance at structured learning activities organised by professional bodies, learned societies or training providers; and also the preparation of papers, articles or presentations for a professional audience.

Formal/educational - Examples

•    Undertaking a program of learning or research for an academic qualification

•    Attending appropriate training courses

•    Attending conferences or meetings

•    Undertaking distance learning or e-learning activities

•    Reading to understand the legal, regulatory framework for professional work

•    Maintaining or developing specialist skills

•    Writing articles or papers

•    Preparing presentations for conferences or meetings

•    Preparing material for training courses


Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning takes place when the individual takes the initiative in diagnosing learning needs, formulating learning goals, designing learning experiences, identifying and using human and material resources and evaluating learning outcomes.

Self-directed learning - Examples

•    Reading books, journals and articles

•    Reviewing and summarising books and articles

•    Upgrading knowledge through Internet searches and the use of electronic information sources

•    Reflective practice – assessing benefit of CPD activities to self, client or employer – identifying next steps



Activities which do not require IT-specific expertise, but which help develop transferable skills and gain experiences that are valuable in the current professional role or in future career directions. These would include involvement in strategic activities for the employer; and activities carried out outside of professional life.

Other - Examples

•    Strategic projects for employer (e.g. organisational restructuring, strategic planning & resourcing, external/community relations, facility development)

•    Public service (e.g. school governor, church parish councillor)

•    Voluntary work (e.g. leader of scouting activity, telephone advice for Samaritans)

•    Charitable work (e.g. trustee of charity, organiser of fundraising event)