CPD & Professional Development

Our professional development tools have been designed to support you at any stage of your career.

Key facts

  • Chartered status is awarded to Registered Members and Fellows who have submitted acceptable CPD records each year.
  • Your CPD record details the knowledge, skills and experience you gain as you work and what you experience, learn and apply.
  • Your CPD year runs from January to December and you can record activities as you go.
  • You must log a minimum of 5 separate activities and 3 separate forward plans each year.

Professional Competency Checklist

This is a checklist of ergonomics and human factors competencies that's used as a benchmark for membership applications and course accreditations. You can use it to assess your own knowledge, skills and experience and your levels of proficiency. It's a great way to identify your strengths and to find any gaps. You can use it to feed into your CPD activities and plans. We have produced guidance that explains all this in more detail or you can download a Word version of the checklist.


MyCPD is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to record and edit your CPD as you go, enabling you to capture important details about your CPD activity throughout the year. It's linked directly to your personal membership account, MyCIEHF. Just log in, go to your MyCIEHF Account and look for the My CPD tab. Here's a direct link.

Who should record CPD?

All Registered Members and Fellows must demonstrate their CPD by recording their activities in order to maintain their Chartered status. Graduate Members should start recording CPD as preparation for upgrade to professional membership. Other members may also find it helpful to record their CPD.

What counts as CPD?

The focus of CPD is on the benefits it can bring you, so it can be any mix of approaches, ideas and methods that helps you to meet your personal development, learning and growth. As we know, one size doesn't fit all, and that's true of CPD. This is your own record of the investment you're making in yourself that links learning directly to practice.

CPD is not just about how much time you spend on activities, it's about outcomes and results. You should capture useful experiences and record the practical benefits of what you've learned and aim for a mix of formal and personal activities. Formal activities include conferences, workshops, webinars (links to replays of this year's past webinars are available to anyone - see the list of 'On demand online events', older webinars are available to members via MyCIEHF > Webinars), regional events and training courses. Personal examples include private study or reading, mentoring, coaching, business management and writing a paper or report.

Tip: Include volunteer activities with CIEHF, provided they help with your professional development.

Here's a great example of what to write: "What I did: I volunteered as a member of a committee or working group. I worked on the CIEHF events committee to co-ordinate their annual conference. This involved reviewing papers, deciding on those accepted, identifying symposium themes and allocating relevant papers, posters, workshops and debates to those themes. What I learnt: It provided me with greater awareness of the scope and variety of Human Factors Research, widening my knowledge and understanding of the diverse applications of HF. Being in the position of committee member also helped me to develop my professional competencies around theme 5 of the Professional Competency Checklist: Evaluating HF plans, papers, workshop proposals, and showing a commitment to ethical practice. Specifically, ensuring I contribute towards the committee making unbiased professional decisions about the papers, workshops and discussions that are scheduled for the annual conference. It developed my knowledge and understanding around what makes an effective conference paper and/or workshop. It also reconfirmed my commitment and passion for the discipline."

Record and reflect on your activities

Use our online CPD form in your MyCIEHF membership account to record your CPD at any time. You'll find a drop-down list of activities to choose from, and you simply need to add a description of what you did, reflect on what you learnt and comment on how it improved you professionally, either by adding to your set of competencies or increasing your level of proficiency. You could record all your activities but you must describe a minimum of 5 of those in more detail.

Tip: Aim to make your descriptions clear but concise. Avoid acronyms and jargon, and make sure you spell-check it. Note that the entries can only be plain text, so no tables or other formatting is necessary.

Here's another great example: "What I did: Wrote an article or journal paper. I co-authored a journal paper with my PhD student on the in-car cognitive demands placed on drivers. The paper reported on a study where Electroencephalogram (EEG) was used to objectively measure the cognitive load associated with a number of in-vehicle interactions. The paper is currently in the review process. What I learnt: One of the key take-aways from this study and the subsequent paper was the difficulty in objectively measuring the cognitive load associated with any given task, and the difficulties in effectively analysing EEG data. There appeared to be little evidence of how the objective data generated from EEG should be analysed, given context and then presented. Thus, as opposed to seeking and basing the analysis work on that of others, it was necessary to use systematic thinking, HF and experimental knowledge to define a valid approach. This work enhanced my competencies around theme 2 of the competency checklist, in particular, skills and knowledge on systematically measuring cognitive load. It also provided me with the opportunity to develop my experimental knowledge base and skills. As a result of this, my confidence and competence to undertake HF research with novel approaches has grown."


Planning ahead

A large part of professional development is about planning ahead and building on your previous year's activities. You must record a minimum of 3 varied activities that demonstrate that you've thought about filling gaps in your competency or raising your level of proficiency.

Tip: The descriptions don't have to be too specific at this stage. Use your Professional Competency Checklist to look for gaps or low proficiency levels that might point to areas for development and associated activities to add as forward plans.


Frequently asked questions

How do I add forward plan entries?
Select the 'Add entry' button above the Forward Plan form and choose an activity from the drop-down list. Add a short description of the activity and what you hope to learn from it and save it.

What happens if fail to submit sufficient CPD activities by the 31st December deadline?
In order to keep to the timetable set for these assessments, there will be no extensions to the deadline. So if you miss the deadline, having not submitted the minimum number of activities - 5 records of activity carried out in 2021 and 3 forward plans for 2022 - I'm afraid you will lose your Chartered status for 2022.

I can't include sensitive or classified information in my CPD record, what do I do?

There is no requirement to include any sensitive or classified information to your record. Assessors will be looking for evidence of self-reflection and how that has impacted the individual. All CPD records will be anonymised before assessment and our assessors all sign an NDA before carrying out any assessments.

Will all members have their CPD record assessed?
No, 20% of CPD records will be randomly selected for assessment.

How will I know if my record has been selected for assessment?
We will email you to let you know early in January.

Who will assess my CPD?
Your assessment will be carried out by 2 assessors from a team of trained Chartered members who will work to written guidance and will compete a checklist. Your CPD information will be treated as confidential at all times.

Is there a chance to resubmit if the assessors feel my record is not satisfactory?
Yes, if the assessors feel your record needs more information you will be emailed mid-January requesting you to provide it within 2 weeks. The assessors will then review your updates and make a final recommendation, which will be either be for you to retain your Chartered status or to remove it if your CPD is not felt to be suitable.

If my CPD has been selected for assessment, when will I know the result?
The assessment will be complete by the end of February at the latest. We will email you with the result.

Can I get my Chartered status back if I lost it for 2021?
Yes, your CPD can be reassessed in the 2022 assessment cycle by adding in the required 5 records of activity carried out in 2021 with 3 forward plans for 2022. If successful, you will then regain Chartered status for 2022.

What happens next?

Your current year's CPD activities will be locked on 1 January, and if you're a Registered Member or Fellow, you'll be told by mid January whether or not your record has been randomly selected for assessment and what the outcome is. We’ll send you email updates with news about CPD opportunities, good examples of CPD entries, and reminders near the end of the year to complete your records.

** Note that if you're Chartered but haven't recorded any CPD by the end of the year, you'll automatically lose your Chartered status. If you have any extenuating circumstances, please detail this in your CPD record under 'Other activities'.

Find out more

To find out more about CPD and recording your activities, listen to our CPD webinar.