Lifelong Learning and CPD
Employers play a pivotal role in supporting education and training opportunities for their planning employees. This section highlights the various ways in which employers can support the training and professional development of their planners. Being a professional is synonymous with expertise. All Chartered Planners make a commitment, through the Code of Professional Conduct, to maintaining and developing their expertise via Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
As an employer who is investing in training and professional development, it is important to understand this commitment in order to effectively support your planning staff.
Read more about the RTPI's CPD requirements.
Read about the RTPI's commitment to Lifelong Learning.
Become an RTPI Learning Partner
If your organisation is already committed to high professional standards and to supporting planners in their professional development, you could gain recognition from the RTPI through our RTPI Learning Partners initiative. This scheme recognises excellence in learning and development practices.
Becoming an RTPI Learning Partner will give your organisation a competitive edge! Find out more about RTPI Learning Partners.
The Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)
Employers play a pivotal role in the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and in supporting their graduates towards Chartered Membership through this route. Although most employers won't themselves have gone through the APC, understanding what it is about and building it into the support you provide for your graduates during the early stages of their professional careers is essential.
Employ an apprentice
If you employ technical and/or administrative planning staff you may want to consider the Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship. Find out more about apprenticeships
National Competency Framework
The RTPI has worked closely with the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) to help develop the NCFfP: The National Competency Framework for Planners