FAMANZ’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Scheme is designed to encourage members to maintain and improve professional competence, knowledge, and skills. It was launched on 1 January 2021.

The CPD Scheme is compulsory for Full Members.

FAMANZ’s CPD Scheme has a staggered start date determined by a member’s ‘effective commencement date’ or joining date. Members with an effective membership commencement date before 1 January 2021 are already enrolled in the CPD Scheme. Full Members who joined FAMANZ on or after 1 January 2021, will start participation in the CPD Scheme on 1 January 2022.

What do participating members need to do? Every Full Member must undertake sufficient professional development over a 12 month period, in order to earn a minimum of 5 CPD points per calendar year. They must also submit an annual report called a ‘CPD Return’.

CPD points are allocated from 5 categories of professional development activity. At least 2 CPD points must be attained from attendance at conferences, seminars, webinars, and training; or horizon broadening professional and technical activities.

The ‘CPD Return’ summarises CPD activities completed over the previous calendar year (from 1 January to 31 December). The ‘CPD Return’ must be lodged with the [email protected] no later than 28 February in the following year.

Further information about the CPD Scheme including categories of professional development can be found in the ‘Continuing Professional Development Scheme Guidance for FAMANZ Members [FAMANZ09]’, available on the FAMANZ website [famanz.org] under the ‘Member Resources’ tab {log on first to gain access to this tab}. A template CPD Return is also available to record your CPD activities.

Technical and Affiliate members are also welcome to use the CPD tools to track their professional development but do not need to submit a CPD Return.

If you need further information about the CPD Scheme, or need to confirm your CPD Scheme participation start date, don’t hesitate to contact the Secretary on [email protected].