The CII accreditation scheme assists local institutes in delivering a quality CPD programme to members. In achieving external validation of the training your institute delivers, you are required to benchmark this against industry standards for the creation and delivery of CPD. By highlighting and reinforcing best practice, it helps ensure that you are delivering relevant, high-quality events that meet the needs of your members. Whilst accreditation is not a requirement for activity to be eligible under the CII CPD scheme, members typically expect that training delivered by local institutes will be to CII CPD standards.
Attendance certificates can be created via the website CMS administration site, as part of each event page. They automatically incorporate your local institute branding and event title. You add the learning objectives for the session and certificates can then be accessed by attendees or even printed and issued by email if need be.
Event feedback can be acquired by using the online Survey facility that is part of the website booking system. Event feedback is essential to ensure you continue to provide relevant, quality events, and comply with your accreditation status.
The Speaker List is an online directory of free and paid-for speakers across a variety of topics and disciplines. It is updated on a regular basis and is easy to use, allowing you to arrange events directly with your chosen presenter. Online audio CPD presentations are an ongoing programme of narrated presentations created and hosted on your local website and promoted to your members by the RMM team. The CII's Professional Focus events are a new addition to support local programmes. It is a series of face to face conferences held in locations across the country in Spring and Autumn, bringing relevant and interesting topics to local audiences. The CII's specialist Societies are also a good source of learning materials which you may wish to use to your members' advantage.
CPD events should primarily be promoted via the available communication channels, in particular your e-flyer tool and website. Some institutes also make good use of social media platforms to support their core promotion - LinkedIn and Twitter are the most popular and effective options. You can also use your 'office reps' network if you operate such a system, and other networking opportunities and word of mouth are good ways to spread the word.
Your institute must deliver local CPD events to your members. The amount, based on the size of your institute (in terms of members), is as follows: <500 members: minimum of 5 events or 7 hours. 501-1000 members: minimum of 7 events or 10 hours. 1001–1500 members: minimum of 10 events or 14 hours. 1501–2000 members: minimum of 12 events or 16 hours. 2001-3000 members: minimum of 14 events or 20 hours. >3001 member: minimum of 16 events or 24 hours You should make every effort to provide a balance of technical, soft skills, market knowledge and revision events.
The CII’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme ensures that CII/PFS members keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date and, in turn, remain competent to perform their job. All CII qualified members will need to complete a minimum of 35 hours’ compulsory CPD in a 12 month period, of which at least 21 hours must be structured CPD. It is important to note that this CPD requirement is not generally an additional requirement to development activity ordinarily undertaken in the course of an individual’s employment, but incorporates this.