The AGI's Continual Professional Development (CPD) scheme encourages our members to continue learning and developing their professional skills over time.
The free AGI CPD scheme provides a way of recording your attendance of training courses and conferences, detailing how you have acquired new knowledge and testing your awareness of new technology. CPD points can be gained from a wide variety of activities to reflect a broad base of your interests and skills: from participating in workshops or giving a presentation to authoring GI/GIS reports for your employer. We aim to be as transparent as possible about what we offer points for and why, with detailed information available here:
You must achieve at least 20 external and 15 internal points to be in line with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) guidelines for maintaining chartered geographer (CGeog) status.
What is the Process?
You can start keeping your CPD log immediately. Use the template (available at the link below to AGI Members) to ensure you record all your activities and what you have gained from them. Remember to record key details, such as dates of courses or presentations and URLs of further details.
Once you have attained at least 35 points and submitted your log, the AGI CPD Officer will review your return and may ask for further details of specific activities you have recorded to assess your submission. They will also provide you with some feedback to assist you with your ongoing CPD.
When your return has been validated by the AGI, you will receive an official certificate confirming your CPD record for that year, enabling you to easily keep track of your future progress.
How will this assist me with Chartered Geographer Status?
You will need to evidence CPD as part of your application for CGeog Status. The AGI works with the RGS to ensure that our CPD scheme supports your application.
Once you are chartered, you will need to continue to submit an annual return. Again, the AGI CPD scheme will assist you with the evidence for your return.
I'm not interested in CGeog - should I still take part in the scheme?
Members also use their participation in the scheme in other ways - for example, as evidence to their professional commitment for internal annual reviews or promotion process, or even as a reference when applying for new roles.
However, the key reason for taking part in the scheme is to ensure that you are managing your own CPD - to grow in your professional role and track your progress. A structured approach to this, with the benefit of input from experienced GI Professionals, is incredibly valuable.