Staff from IOSH’s Membership Division helped around 50 members to record skills and achievements, and map out their career paths, throughout a series of free CPD drop-in sessions held at The Grange – IOSH’s headquarters in Leicestershire – on Friday 30 September.
The sessions included updates on recent enhancements to IOSH’s online CPD system and demonstrations on how to add a development plan, write reflective statements and upload documents to members’ records.
IOSH Technical Member Graeme Main attended one of the workshops because he felt he had always struggled to complete his CPD record since joining IOSH in 1998.
He said: “It’s always been in the back of my mind to do it as I know CPD is important, but I could never find the time to complete it.
“I wanted to get a better understanding of CPD, how it works and how to use it to my benefit, so I came along to this workshop. I now have an action plan and the CPD process makes a lot more sense to me.
“This is my starting point, and I feel more confident already. Being able to go through it hands-on with someone at IOSH has been really helpful.”
Graeme, who travelled from Lincoln to take part in the workshop, said he planned to keep his CPD record up-to-date going forwards.
He added: “I’m responsible for health and safety at the company I work for. Now I’ve logged my CPD I can show the directors what I’m learning and how it is of benefit to the business.”
IOSH Graduate Member Seijel Sukha, who travelled from Middlesex to attend the workshop, said she wanted to ensure her CPD was up-to-date so she could work towards becoming a Chartered Member of the Institution.
Seijel, who has been an IOSH member since 2013, said: “I started developing my CPD a couple of years ago and I just left it. I had got confused by the system and I wasn’t sure if I was going down the right path with it.
“I was suffering in silence really but I saw this workshop and thought I’d come and see if someone could help. I now feel a lot more confident in updating it and I’ll probably do it more regularly now.
“There are so many things that I’m doing inside and outside of work that I’m able to log as CPD.”
IOSH Membership Team Leader Kimberley Bruce said: “We are delighted with how the workshops went and that so many members went away from them enthused and energised about their CPD.
“CPD is not only a good way of reflecting on your skills and planning career progression. It also sends a strong message to your employer, colleagues and clients that you’re serious about your work.”
IOSH is planning to hold further CPD workshops at The Grange on a monthly basis. For more information about upcoming sessions, call the Membership Division on +44 (0)116 257 3198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.