We have an obligation to regulate and monitor members' compliance with our rules on CPD and do so as a matter of routine by calling in members' records. We require members to record their CPD activities each year, as part of this process.
You can record your CPD by logging in to your RICS online account. You will need your email address and password that we have on file for you. If you have forgotten your password, you can set a new one at the login screen.
An updated version of the our CPD recording app is now available to download on both the Apple and Google Play stores – having previously been removed to fix compatibility issues caused by updates to the Apple and Android operating systems.
The CPD app is another way for you as an RICS professional to record CPD activities. It provides a convenient and easily accessible way to view, record and manage your professional development.
Please note: this app can only be used by MRICS, FRICS and AssocRICS professionals. RICS candidates should log their CPD via the templates.
To get the maximum benefit from your learning activities it is important to plan and record them. A structured learning programme that builds upon existing knowledge and previous activities will always be more effective than simply attending courses that look interesting.
Recording learning allows you to reflect on what you have gained from your activities, consider how you are going to apply what you have learned, and plan what further learning you need to undertake. Keeping records also allows you to demonstrate that you have sought to maintain your competence in the event that a claim or allegation is made against you. Finally, your record of learning should help you to demonstrate to us how you have sought to meet the CPD requirement in the Rules of Conduct for Members.
When recording CPD you should include the following information:
We are obliged to regulate and monitor members' compliance with the rule on CPD. You have a responsibility to refresh your knowledge regularly and keep up to date in your chosen field.
You must be able to produce a personal development plan on request, which demonstrates the following:
Ask yourself these key questions
After identifying any gaps in your skills and knowledge, you are now able to record your development objectives; they should be realistic and contain an element of challenge. Although the objective could be quite broad, the subject area field must be specific. For example, if your objective is to "improve my contract management and development skills including updates on all legislation and regulations", the corresponding subject area could be "CDM Regulations".
It is useful to set goals in terms of your current competency levels and those you will require for the future. They should always aspire to best practice both in keeping up-to-date and broadening into new areas. Sometimes learning is unplanned and starts with an action and proceeds to an evaluation of what was learnt. Because it needs to be recorded in a different way, you don't need to complete the objective field when doing learning this way.
To fulfil a CPD programme as a guide, we expect each member to be able to show a structured learning.
Provide objective assessment of whether the learning has been constructive. An effective approach might include peer or client assessment or a consistent scoring system.
Consideration of what further skills or knowledge you need to acquire or improve.
This is the most important stage of the learning process because you will now evaluate and reflect on your learning outcomes and establish whether you have achieved your original objective. This can be tested by asking the following questions:
By reflecting on what you have gained to date, and the progress made towards your original objective and competence, you may find you need more time to achieve it or it could no longer be valid. The review process will identify this. If, however, your original objective has been fully met, you should complete the 'completion date' field instead.