Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) allows individuals to develop their skills throughout their working lives. Sharing knowledge about professional archaeology improves standards, promotes best practices and attracts new people into archaeology.

CPD requirements for members

All individual accredited members must:

  • complete at least 50 hours of CPD every two years.
  • have a personal development plan (PDP)
  • record all their CPD in a CPD log

Personal Development Plans (PDP)

Your PDP outlines personal and professional learning targets for the next two years. It should include:

  • your learning goals for the next two years
  • where you might be able to acquire these skills

CPD log

Your CPD log is for recording your CPD activity and can be used as evidence of your achievements. You can include any activities on your CPD log which help you achieve the learning goals outlined in your PDP.

What counts as CPD?

We believe in self-directed CPD. This means you choose the form of training or learning that relates to your overall goals set out in your PDP. For example, if you attend a two-day conference but only one hour-long session is directly relevant to your PDP, you should only record that session in your CPD log.

Types of CPD include:

  • home-based learning
  • work-based learning
  • in-house training courses
  • external training courses
  • preparatory research
  • conferences
  • formal research


To read more about members’ accounts of their experiences of CPD look at My CPD

Proforma and examples


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