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CPD Priorities

The RTPI has carried out a review of our members learning and practice needs. We collated and examined information from a wide range of sources; including our member survey, RTPI event feedback forms, a survey of Learning Partners and priorities identified from our policy papers.

The priorities identified from this exercise are:

 Our blog What are the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) priorities for planners? discusses the priorities in more detail.

Sources of CPD

Lots of different activities can be CPD. The RTPI is not prescriptive about the types of activity that count as CPD, recognising that you are best placed to assess the value of an activity for your professional development.

You don't just have to attend courses and conferences to meet RTPI CPD requirements. Do make sure that your CPD links back to the objectives that you set yourself in your Professional Development Plan. It could also be an unexpected source of learning which helps your development as a planner.

See recording and planning CPD and our CPD FAQs for more information on what counts as CPD and how it should be recorded.

Consider some of the following sources of CPD:

Conferences and training courses

  • Attend RTPI CPD events - we run a large number of low cost and free events through our Regions, Nations and Networks, as well as the RTPI Conference series
  • Enrol for a course at an accredited planning school

More CPD ideas

 N.B. Routine reading of the technical press would not usually be acceptable because we are looking for a range of CPD.

Work-based learning or other learning

  • Consider a secondment or work shadowing
  • Carry out project work
  • Get involved in a professional group
  • Attend examinations in public, public inquiries or neighbourhood forums
  • Become a coach

RTPI activities of a professional nature

Only include these sorts of activities if you have learnt from them.



If you'd like to discuss any of the above, please contact the Lifelong Learning Officer on 020 7929 8174 or email

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