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Planning your continuing professional development (CPD)

As a member, you are required to maintain and develop your knowledge and skills to remain up to date in your role. You must declare your compliance with the CPD requirements every year, and we ask you to do this at the time you receive your membership renewal but no later than 31 January.

What activities count towards your CPD?

At ICAEW we operate an outputs-based approach to CPD and recommend that you take the following approach to your CPD requirements: reflect, act, impact, declare.

Make a CPD declaration

You need to make a CPD declaration every year.

Declare CPD
 ICAEW does not dictate centrally how much CPD members must do. There are no set hours or points to gain. Members are required to complete as much development activity that they judge is required to remain efficient in their role.

Here is just some of what ICAEW offers to help support and contribute to your CPD:

  • ICAEW Member Alert – linking you to updates and news relevant to your role
  • we run a number of conferences, workshops, roundtables, seminars and webinars aimed specifically at business members, for further information on these events please email events@icaew.com;
  • many of the District Societies also run business events including annual technical updates and discussion groups;
  • attend CPD training – created specifically for accounting, business and finance professionals;
  • economia is packed with the latest news and analysis in the world of business, finance and accountancy – read it online or in hard copy;
  • take a look at our guides, company profiles and an online catalogue of over 45,000 books and 59,000 indexed journals available from Library and Information Service;
  • joining an ICAEW Faculty, such as the Business and Management Faculty, will offer support to enhance your professional development in specific role related areas and the Communities provide sector specific resources to grow your industry knowledge;
  • our business resources pages (icaew.com/business) are a gateway to a wide range of content. Access a range of business-focused support, advice and information from a range of sources from across ICAEW;
  • participate in the ICAEW communities – with over 72,000 users, covering a wide range of topics to help keep you updated with the latest news and insights.

Declaring and recording your CPD

Making a declaration is straightforward – you can do it online, and it only takes a moment. Making your declaration does not involve submitting any accompanying evidence. You should only submit further evidence to support your declaration if you are requested to do so by ICAEW.

Please keep a record of the CPD activity you do in case you are selected to show evidence of compliance. You can do this in any format, but we do have an online record-keeping area available for members.

If you have any questions regarding your CPD, you can call the Information Service enquiry line on +44 (0)1908 248 250, and we can point you in the right direction. Or visit the CPD section of the website.

Your gateway to resources for business

Access to a range of business-focused support, advice and information from a range of sources in our business resources area.

If you’d like any further information on this topic or to give any suggestions or feedback on how we can improve your membership, please get in touch: business.members@icaew.com.