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CPD Requirements

To really unlock your potential you need to take ownership of your professional development, and establish a learning plan which helps you meet the requirements of your current role, and prepare for any future roles.

To help structure your development, all CIMA members are required to work through the CPD cycle at least once a year. This framework helps you define what you need to do, assess your current abilities and identify gaps in your skills and knowledge, design a plan to fill those gaps, take action by working your way through the training, then reflect on what you’ve achieved and evaluate what you still need to do.

CPD cycle1. Define current and desired roles recognising expectations of employers and others.

2. Assess development needs using the CGMA Competency Framework to establish knowledge or skill gaps.

3/4. Design and act – choose and undertake development activities that meet your development needs.

5. Reflect upon and document the outcome of each development activity.

6. Evaluate progress against the objectives set at the beginning of the year. Any outstanding development can be carried over into the next cycle.

To get the most out of your development you should revisit your plan and work your way through the CPD cycle regularly. 

How do I record my CPD?

All CIMA members are required to record their professional development. As a minimum your record needs to follow the six steps of the CIMA professional development cycle.

When recording your professional development you have two options:

Our Competency and Learning Website CIMA Development accreditation scheme

Using the CGMA Competency Framework as a basis, the website helps you identify and meet your learning needs whilst ensuring that you follow each step of the CIMA Professional Development cycle. 

For more information on recording your CPD on the Competency and Learning website please download our free guide.

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CIMA Development recognises those employers who support the lifelong learning of CIMA members.

CIMA members employed by these organisations can use their appraisal/personal development plan to record their CPD, and don’t need to submit their records if selected for monitoring.

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What counts as CPD?

Any activity that helps you develop your technical, business, digital, people and leadership skills or enhances your understanding of ethics, integrity and professionalism could count as CPD.

CPD activities include, but are not restricted to:

  • Work based learning
  • Project work
  • Secondments
  • Observation and feedback
  • Coaching and mentoring/being coached/mentored
  • Delivering training
  • Academic and professional qualifications
  • Internal and external training courses
  • Conferences and events
  • Local CIMA events
  • Reading technical reports and journals
  • Online learning
  • Research
  • Discussion forums

This approach allows you to tailor activities to meet your individual needs, preferred learning style and budget. 

Have a question?

For more information on CIMA's CPD policy email cima.contact@aicpa-cima.com.