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Continuing professional development

In almost every profession, continuing professional development (CPD) has become a core element of what it means to be professional. CPD is a key part of your membership and by participating in our CPD scheme you will contribute to the development of the profession as a whole.

Is it compulsory?

Completion and recording of CPD became compulsory for PMI Fellows in 2010 and for Associates in 2011. Although CPD is not compulsory for other members, the scheme and recording system are open to all.

Recording your CPD demonstrates that you are working to ensure your knowledge and skills are up-to-date. By participating in the CPD programme, you act to mitigate risk and enhance your skills and competences, enabling employers, stakeholders and clients to feel confident in your abilities as a professional.

When do you need to complete your CPD by?

The CPD year runs from 1 January to 31 December. A summary of the CPD scheme can be found below.

CPD regulations

These regulations are made by the Board under article 13 of the Institute’s Articles of Association. They cover the CPD scheme for PMI members but do not cover the CPD requirements of the PMI Accredited Adviser Programme (PMI AAP), which has its own separate CPD regulations.

The key points to be aware of are as follows:

  • CPD is compulsory for Fellows and Associate Members of the PMI
  • the scheme requires a minimum of 25 hours relevant CPD to be completed each year
  • at least 50% of the recorded content must be focused on pensions and retirement savings subjects. However, in recognition of the wide range of appointments that members undertake, particularly more senior members, the remaining 50% of CPD can cover the wider aspects of business such as IT, management, financial, business ethics and legal matters
  • a basic principle of the scheme is that CPD should be additional to paid employment. However, we are aware that many members are in positions such as training and consultancy where research is required in advance of customer meetings. In conversations with members we have taken the position that the time spent on this research can be counted as part of CPD, on the principle that this meets the CPD requirement to keep up-to-date, but the customer facing time cannot be counted since this is part of paid employment

A copy of the full CPD regulations can be found here.
A list of PMI CPD activities can be found here.

Recording your CPD

Members can update their CPD records by logging in to the member's area at the top of this page and selecting 'Your PMI'. Here you will be able to use the online recording tool to list all your activities.

If you prefer to register your CPD manually please download a copy of the CPD record sheet.
(The 2018 record sheet is here and the 2019 record sheet is here)

If you wish to record a self-declaration for CPD completed under the auspices of another professional institute please download the form here.

Other CPD schemes

PMI Trustee Group CPD Scheme

PMI’s Trustee Group offers a CPD scheme for all Trustee Group members. Whilst this will present individual trustees with an opportunity to demonstrate that they are observing best practice with regard to Trustee Knowledge and Understanding (TKU) obligations, the scheme is of particular relevance and importance for those trustee boards that have signed to the CPD scheme. In this case, all members of the trustee board will be required to agree an annual CPD programme with their ‘Responsible Person’ and to complete that programme by 31 December each year.

Click here for further details of the PMI Trustee Group CPD Scheme.

If each member of your Board has achieved 15 hours CPD, the Board is eligible for PMI Certificate Achievement.  A Trustee Group Board Scheme Self Declaration form can be downloaded here

Useful links

Online Learning Gateway
PMI Media Archive


  1. PMI CPD Scheme Summary - Updated March 2018

    Summary of the PMI CPD Scheme - Updated March 2018