Continuing Professional Development

The Institute of Information Management (IIM) - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme

  • As a professional body, the Institute of Information Management encourages its members to undertake continuing professional development activities at all levels of membership. Although the scheme is only compulsory for Members from the IIM Professional Grade.

What is CPD?

  • The IIM Continuing Professional Development (IIM-CPD) is the means by which information management professionals maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills. The world is moving ever faster so on-going CPD is essential to support IM professionals in their current role as well as helping them with career progression.  CPD is all about upgrading knowledge, skills and capabilities to remain effective and compliant.  

    Almost everything that improves your knowledge and skills is considered as CPD.  By participating in learning activities, you are contributing towards your Continuing Professional Development. Use IIM CPD to gain recognition for your learning. 

    If you see the CPD logo anywhere on the IIM website or program, this means that the activity counts towards your CPD. CPD hours worth on activities are indicated on programs as announced or advertised.

    It is widely accepted that CPD is an essential part of personal and professional development.

What are the benefits of CPD?

  • CPD is a commitment to lifelong learning and allows you to:

    • Keep your knowledge of the Information Management up to date
    • Perform better in your current job
    • Improve and update your current skills
    • Gain a competitive advantage over peers
    • Achieve greater choice, employment mobility and earning potential
    • Boost your self-confidence on the Job
    • Increase your awareness of the needs of the employers and clients
    • Keep up to date on changing market conditions
    • Keep up to date on the impact of government and policies
    • Learn new skills
    • Develop your professional capability and enhance your reputation
    • Broaden your knowledge base
    • Meet professional colleagues

    CPD can only enhance your activities and assist professional success. It is part of good professional practice and will foster greater public confidence in your work.  IIM is committed to the continual progression of our members and hopes that the CPD Scheme will help engender a community of well-trained and skilled practitioners.

    As a member, you are required to maintain and develop your skills throughout your career. You must confirm that you are doing so by making a CPD declaration every year.

How much CPD should I attain?

  • Members are to achieve a minimum of 20 points each year, of which should be directly relevant to the area(s) in which they employed or information management generally. You simply need to complete as much development activity as you feel is required to remain competent in your role(s).  

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    1 Time spent on Information Management related activities, projects, consultancy etc 1 CPD point per hour - to a maximum of 10 points per year combined with the below.
    2 Attendance of Courses and Conferences, including lectures, seminars, workshops, webinar and online learning courses organised by the Institute or partners. 1 CPD point per hour excluding breaks - to a maximum of 20 points per year.
    3 Attendance at other courses and conferences, including lectures, seminars, workshops, and online learning courses related to Information Management and related subjects. 1 CPD point per hour to a maximum of 10 points.
    4 Preparation and publication of an article relating to Information Management, Records Management, Data management, Information Security and other related topics and for a professional journal. 5 points for any published article, to a maximum of 10 points
    5 Preparation and publication of a book relating to Information Management, Records Management, Data management, Information Security and other related topics. 20 CPD points (pro- rata) for co-authorship.
    6 Lecturing and tutoring on Information Management and related subjects. 1 point per hour. No points for repeat lectures within 6 months, to a maximum of 10 points.
    7 Setting and marking Institute examinations and examinations for other bodies on information management to be approved by the Professional Committee 1 point per hour subject to a maximum of 10 points.
    8 Participation in Information Management related community activities 1 point per hour subject to a maximum of 5 points.
    9 Read a book or journal relating to Information Management, published by the Institute or partners of the Institute 1 point per hour subject to a maximum of 5 points.