CPD & Professional Development

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

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.

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 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 conference, workshops, 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.


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 for around 400-600 words for your detailed descriptions. Avoid acronyms and jargon, and make sure you spell-check it.


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.


What happens next?

Your current year's CPD activities will be locked on 31 December, and if you're a Registered Member or Fellow, you'll be told by the end of 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'.

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 activities and 3 forward plans each year.