Insights into CPD

We have asked members to provide an insight into their own CPD diaries, to share those experiences with others and give us all some ideas as to how we can fulfill our CPD requirements as members of the Institute. If you would like to contribute and share your experiences please get in touch with Lianne (lianne.birney [at]

We are aiming to include a new diary every few months, some providing a general view-point and others focusing on more specific questions. These will also be added to our ebulletin.

December 2015

Lianne Birney - CPD - What's that you say?

Our December contribution comes from Lianne Birney (Lianne Birney BA ACIfA, Membership Services Coordinator at CIfA) who explains how she discovered CPD and her approach, plus how it links to your PDP and why the CIfA CPD scheme really works. To read Lianne's CPD entry, just follow the link above.

July 2015

Eleanor Digby - Work experience blog


Our July contribution comes from Eleanor Digby (Student) who has written a blog about her work experience week at the Museum of London. To read Eleanor's blog entry, just follow the link above.

March 2015

Rachel Edwards - The CIfA CPD scheme is really helpful!


Our March contribution comes from Rachel Edwards (Rachel Edwards MA MA MCIfA, Self-employed working as Arboretum Archaeological Consultancy) who explains how the CIfA CPD scheme is really helpful and is not prescriptive about what counts as CPD, so as long as it fits in with your PDP. To read Rachel's CPD entry, just follow the link above.

December 2014

George Luke - CPD for diggers


Our December contribution comes from George Luke (George Luke MA ACIfA, Self-employed field archaeologist seorasbheag [at] ) who explains that being proactive and creating your own CPD is just as important as any training your employer may provide. To read George's CPD entry, just follow the link above.

July 2014

Andrea Bradley - What on earth can I do to make sure I’m up to date and developing my skills?


The first of our July contributions comes from Andrea Bradley (Andrea Bradley MA MIfA, Independent Consultant) who explains how to identify various training opportunities when your work is so varied. To read Andrea's diary entry, just follow the link above.

Steve Allen - Well, what does CPD mean to me? Read more to find out!


The second of our July contributions comes from Steve Allen (Steve Allen BSc MIfA, Archaeological Wood Specialist, York Archaeological Trust) who explains how you can approach CPD in several ways, that his approach is essentially an opportunistic one and how this translates into practice. To read Steve's diary entry, just follow the link above.

November 2013

Susan Hamilton - My most useful CPD tip? Read more to find out!


Our November contribution comes from Susan Hamilton (AIfA, Susan Hamilton AIfA, External Liaison Project Manager, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland) who explains how she differentiates between different types of CPD and how to maintain a good balance. To read Susan' diary entry, just follow the link above.

October 2013

Tara-Jane Sutcliffe - You too can be a CPD aficionado!


Our October diary entry comes from CBA Community Archaeology Training Coordinator, Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, who manages the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project, a Heritage Lottery Funded programme of one-year work-based learning placements. As a result Tara provides professional development support to trainees as well as to their supervisors and mentors within host organisations; this includes input into training plans, guidance through learning agreements and delivery of ‘train-the-trainer’ events.

September 2013

Chris Cox - My CPD Diary? Yes, of course, I’ll send it right away……


Our September contribution comes from Chris Cox (MIfA, Director, Air Photo Services Ltd) who discusses the value of keeping a CPD diary and how it has helped her come to value the contribution that constantly learning and updating your skills makes to your professional life. To read Chris' diary entry, just follow the link above.

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