Continuing Professional Development

NEW FOR ILP MEMBERS - mYCAREERPATH - access through myilp

It is essential that all lighting professionals can demonstrate continuing professionalism and competence. Our programme of courses, seminars and events play a key role in helping lighting professionals maintain and update their existing skills, acquire new skills and progress their career.

In this way, members can achieve their full potential, reach personal objectives, strengthen professional credibility and accelerate career development.

What is IPD and CPD?

Early in your career the development and training you undertake is focused on the need to gain skills and knowledge to qualify as a professional, by acquiring the competencies necessary to satisfy the professional review. This phase is sometimes known as Initial Professional Development or IPD. It is also a period when the good habits of a conscientious professional - of maintaining and developing competence - are embedded.

After this the focus changes to maintaining and enhancing competence and acquiring other relevant competences in response to job demands and personal aspirations, using learning to open up opportunities for career advancement and business success. This is known as Continuing Professional Development or CPD.

Why do we need CPD?

It is not possible to train for a career and expect that once qualified there is little more to learn. The growth of knowledge and competitive pressures, both social and economic, make it essential that an individual’s needs are continuously under review. Employers often require employees to be more flexible and many career opportunities require individuals to have broader education and training achievements.

In addition, there is increasing emphasis on competence. Many ILP members are required to exercise professional judgement, often on matters linked to health and safety and management. Only someone who is able to demonstrate ongoing competence will be able to make a reasonable professional judgement.  Recording evidence of CPD will demonstrate your CPD achievements and is evidence of both your continuing competence and your aim to realise your full potential.

The ILP’s Requirements

It is an obligation of membership of the ILP that CPD is both planned and recorded.  In particular, ILP Council and Regional Committee members should lead by example. The ILP recommends that you carry out regular reviews of your career aims and objectives and identify education, training and assessment needs.

You should ensure that you have evidence demonstrating that you have engaged in activities related to CPD amounting to at least 30 hours per year.

The ILP carries out random sampling checks of CPD so any member may be required at any time to submit CPD records.

When seeking transfer to a higher class of membership you must provide evidence of your CPD activities and a plan of your proposed CPD activities for the forthcoming twelve months.

CPD Action Plan

As an individual, you should identify CPD needs and detail the action required, taking into account:

• career intentions, short and long term
• levels of experience, skills and knowledge
• learning opportunities available
• your employer's business objectives
• relevant personal interests 
• guidelines and requirements of the ILP

ILP CPD Record

It is required that a summary of CPD is held preferably using MyCareerPath which can be found in MyILP.

Key activities in this process are:
 1. planning the CPD activities
 2. doing the CPD activities
 3. reflecting - recording the Key Learning Points and Benefits and Achievements
 4. evaluation- evaluating the activity overall and how this meets the requirements of your CPD plan.


  1. Mycareerpath User Guide 837kb PDF
  2. MCP journal article 1929kb PDF
  3. CPD Made Simple 177kb PDF
  4. CPD Record Score Card 23kb XLS
  5. Example of CPD 274kb XLS