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Types of free CPD

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the practice of maintaining and developing the skills and knowledge required for your job role. It’s a common misconception that CPD always has to be formal and expensive, but it can in fact be free. You’re almost certainly undertaking activities that are regarded as CPD already, but here’s a list of free activities that can count towards your Professional Register CPD target.

IMI Member Benefits

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    This will help you manage Health & Safety issues, comply with regulations, and protect people from risks associated with your business.
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    This advice and support will help you manage your career. Learning more about networking, or how to create a new CV all counts as CPD.


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Workplace Learning


We learn something new every day at work; from our colleagues, through trial and error or during employer training sessions. These activities all count as CPD, log in to record your learning now.

Video Tutorials


Watching video tutorials or learning from audio/visual material counts as CPD.

Once you have completed a CPD activity, set aside a short period of time in your diary to record it. Record your learning online at www.theimi.org.uk/cpd-gateway. You can find a ‘step-by-step’ guide to logging CPD in the ‘Downloads’ section on the right hand side of this page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Professional Development team.
Email: cpd@theimi.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1992 519025