What is IOSH CPD and How does it Work?

What is IOSH CPD and How does it Work

Health and safety are some of the most pressing concerns for any modern-day organisation. The optimal health and safety of employees should be high up on the list of priorities for such an organisation. Achieving this requires hiring employees with updated skills and knowledge in the domain. Employers tend to prefer candidates who have knowledge of maintaining ideal health and safety standards in the workplace. Aspiring candidates can assure prospective employers by gaining certifications from globally recognised compliance bodies, such as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). One of the features that IOSH provides is IOSH CPD, or Continuing Professional Development.  

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the human cost of occupational injuries and illnesses is estimated at 3.4% of the world’s GDP. This puts the need for updated knowledge of health and safety standards into context and demonstrates the need for CPD. This blog will elaborate on what IOSH CPD is and how the process works.  

Table of Contents 

1) What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)? 

2) How does CPD benefit a health and safety professional? 

3) What are the stages of a CPD process? 

   a) Assess and plan 

   b) Learn 

   c) Record 

   d) Apply and reflect 

4) What do you put in a CPD log? 

  a) Date 

  b) CPD Hours 

  c) Activity/description of learning 

  d) Reflection 

  e) Evidence of Participation 

5) Conclusion 

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)? 

Continuing Professional Development, or CPD, is one of the key benefits of IOSH membership. CPD involves committing to a continual learning process to improve your skills, knowledge, and expertise through development activities. The process requires you to record and reflect on what you have achieved or gained. Embarking on a CPD process demonstrates your commitment to becoming a more well-rounded occupational safety and health (OSH) professional. It also helps you stay up to date with the latest industry developments and become the best professional you can be. CPD is now required by all major professions and is not about maximising revenue from practitioners who come back for training.   

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How does CPD benefit a health and safety professional? 

CPD several benefits to health and safety professionals, including:  

1) Establishing a structured career path in the health, safety and environment domain, which can lead to better employment packages. 

2) Highlighting gaps in your knowledge, skills, or experience, and encouraging reflection on health and safety practices to identify areas of improvement. 

3) Building confidence and credibility.  

4) Tracking continual learning and progress 

5) Safeguarding status as a health and safety professional and gaining a competitive edge over other candidates. 

6) Developing and maintaining competence and knowledge. 

7) Ensuring optimal efficiency in one’s role within an organisation.  

8) Keeping up to date with changes in the ever-changing OSH profession and expanding one's knowledge horizons. 

9) Demonstrating the ability to implement the latest standards in OSH or professional practices 

10) Showing a commitment to lifelong learning.

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What are the stages of a CPD process?

Stages of a CPD process

CPD offers the opportunity to establish a structured career path and safeguard one’s status as a health and safety professional. The process typically involves four stages: 

Assess and plan 

The first step of the CPD process requires you to assess your capabilities and develop your professional plan. 


The next step requires you to undertake your planned CPD and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge. 


The following step requires you to maintain a log and provide evidence of your CPD whenever necessary. 

Apply and reflect 

The last step in the CPD process requires you to apply your knowledge and skills, and reflect on the continual learning you gained during the CPD. 

How can you record CPD activities? 

One of the main questions asked about the CPD process is how to record CPD activities. The following steps will enlighten you on what to include in your log:  


In your CPD blog, include the date when the development activity was undertaken. Be sure to include the date when you completed the activity and not the date you recorded it. If an activity lasted for several days, weeks, or months, use the last date of the activity.  

CPD Hours  

Include the total time you spent on the development activity on your CPD log.  

Activity/description of learning 

Your CPD log should consist of a brief description or account of the training activity, including any outcomes achieved from continual learning. 


Account for what you took away from the continual learning process and list down his reflections on what you learned.  

Evidence of participation 

Lastly, keep a record of any documents or certificates of attendance for any CPD obligations. You need to maintain a learning log to keep track of your experiences. Special focus should be placed on activities that are likely to have the most significant impact on your ability to provide services, benefit clients and your organisation. Most professional bodies emphasise the outcomes of a training activity rather than just meeting a specific quota. Be sure to include a mix of both formal and informal activities. You can record your training log manually or on your computer, using a spreadsheet or a CPD recording tool. 

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In summary, the CPD process enables health and safety professionals to reflect on the knowledge and skills they need to work ethically and competently. It is a relevant and straightforward process that can be integrated into daily professional activities. Committing to CPD helps a health and safety professional advance their career, establish a structured career path, and maintain their status as an efficient professional.  

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