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Re: IOSH CPD

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Good advice Red, thank you, as I said I had trouble last Friday, so I will ring them and ask to be taken through a couple of items to settle it in my head

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Also worth seeing of yoru local branch are holding any free CPD training sessions, I did one with my branch and it was immensely helpful.
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Well I have started by updating my development plan and looking back over the last 3 years work, I reckon I could make 50 points let alone 30. I just need to get it all in some sort of order and upload.
Thanks for your possitive support, oh and a Happy New Year to you all unless you don't celebrate the new year yet, in which case Happy New Year when it happens!!!
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Re: IOSH CPD

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Risky
I'm glad the penny has dropped. .salut
CPD is not difficult really once you get into it. I've got something like 28 or 29 points on mine and that's from about a year, with several things still to get logged. It's the IPD that is causing me some headaches, simply because of the two year window. I've got stuff I could include, but by the time I submit it, that will have slipped outside the timeframe allowed.
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Risky 1,

Just couple of points to remember.
Your CPD is a cycle spread over 3 years.
You have to professionally develop every year in 3 categories.
Each year you need to demonstrate development in each category that you think is worth 3 credits.
So if you award yourself 50 credits in the first year spread over the three categories you still have to complete 3 credits per category in years 2 and 3.

Why you have to do an assessment is simple.
Your NVQ is practical and demonstrates experience and knowledge in your workplace, it does not show that you have reached a set level of educational qualification.
In the same way Bernie can prove his educational qualification by producing his diploma he cannot prove his practical experience and knowledge until he has completed his IPD/Skills Portfolio.

When you have proved your qualification, knowledge and experience to IOSH you then undergo a peer review interview where all that you claim you have done is scrutinised to ensure it was your work and that you actually have the competence to become a chartered member of IOSH.

As has been said earlier CMIOSH should not be easy to obtain and the standard of qualification, experience and knowledge should be set high to equate with other chartered professions.

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oooh I am all up to date with the CPD and feeling good about it!. Once you understand how to fill out the required fields it's quite easy.
As for IPD, now thats a different story!!
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Sorry I ment to say, thank you for the tips and encouragement... DOH!!
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Just a quick one from me, I have recently just completed my cycle, the only thing I was picked up on was that Part A, only went apporx 6-12 months ahead, after attending an IOSH session they spoke about the need to ideally look for a 3 year plan. Even at a loose end target what you want to do and how you plan to do it or job aspirations. Movement in to a HS Manager Role, Starting to review additonal specialisations to knowledge i.e Noise etc, refreshers of certificates etc.

I found the guide on Page 1 on this forum very useful for me, just ensure that you log even minor bits - I got 1 point this morning, reading about the First Aid Reform proposals as they mean we need to start to think about what providers we may need if any in the future to add to components of basic first aid.

I have a Chartered Membership Peer Interview in a few weeks and will update how my CPD was reviewed as part of that in the next few weeks.

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Good Luck with the Peer Review.
Remember they want to know what YOU have done, if it is as part of a team what YOU did in that team to achieve the objective.
Also read the IOSH Code of Conduct, you don't have to know it by heart but you do have to understand the essence of what is required of you.
There are no trick questions, just questions about what you have said you have done, so you should be an expert.
Remember also that they are confirming your potential to be a competent chartered member. They are looking for someone who has the basic qualities for charteredship i.e. taking the first steps, not a fully developed chartered member. That's what your CPD is there to prove, that over the years you are developing into a more mature chartered member with greater experience.
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I have my NGC exams in June, I was wondering if it is beneficial for me to be an IOSH member, I have already registered with the site, not sure whether I should start my CPD now or not, its not that I cant afford the membership just have other things to spend the cash on but if its going to benefit me then I will go for it.

I would appreciate any advice.

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Re: IOSH CPD

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Steve

This is always a personal decision but I think most members agree if you are job hunting then it is a given that you should be a member as almost every job application asks for IOSH Membership. If you progress your career and want CMIOSH then it would be best to start CPD now and htne when you get Grad IOSH you can start your IPD which will lead to CMIOSH

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Re: IOSH CPD

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As Will says, it's a personal decision, but some people get the CPD and IPD confused.

As a Tech IOSH or higher (though that is perhaps slightly incorrect a term to use, since IOSH tell us that Tech and Grad are just different levels below CMIOSH) you are obliged to undertake CPD, which is now ongoing ad-infinitum, rather than a 3 year cycle that it used to be until recently, because it is Continuing Professional Development. But you don't have to have completed any set period before becoming CMIOSH.

The real crux of the matter is the IPD (if you go the Diploma route to CMIOSH rather than the NVQ route), because that has a 2 year time limit, although there is a 2 year back track on individual evidence.
Confused?
Previously, you built the portfolio of evidence for your IPD and then submitted it for audit, and evidence could be up to 24 months old, but it may have taken you 12 months to assemble, so you had to allow for that in compiling it.
Now, you submit each element on-line as it is completed; thus, you could submit evidence for Element 1 in the first month of your 2 year window, which was 20 months old at the time of submission. Once it gets approved, that element is closed and complete, so when you submit your final element, perhaps in month 23 of the window, that first evidence you submitted was from 43 months previous, but it's of no consequence, whereas previous it was a killer.

So what is key here is not necessarily the joining and starting the CPD, but making sure you become a complete squirrel, saving every email, note, record of phone call, briefings you write, powerpoints you develop, so that once you start the IPD you have everything to hand.

I messed up by not having all that history of evidence ready when I signed up for IPD, so I've spent the past 2 years getting it all over again.

Of course, if you go the NVQ route to Grad IOSH, then IPD doesn't apply, you have to sit the open assessment examinations instead.

So, bottom line on when to join really depends on your circumstances, employment status, etc. I certainly held off from joining until I knew I was in my final year of my previous employment. If you're secure in your current employment, then perhaps hold off for a while.
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