Types of CPD

What are the different types of CPD?

Almost anything which improves your knowledge and skills can be considered CPD, including “on the job” learning. At the IRM, we recognise two distinct types of CPD – formal and informal.

Formal CPD

Formal CPD is generally structured, and consists of interactive and participation-based activities such as attending training courses, workshops, seminars, special interest groups, regional group events, undertaking e-learning courses, making presentations, writing articles or presenting at conferences.

These types of activity can be more easily independently measured and verified by attendance certificates, test results, preparation of written materials, etc.

Informal CPD

Informal or self assessed CPD is less structured.

Typically, activities include reading relevant publications, news articles, podcasts, trade magazines, case studies and industry updates. It can also include study and revision for professional examinations, reading industry-specific newsfeeds or undertaking research into relevant fields.


You should try to maintain a balance between formal and informal activities.

Here are some examples of typical CPD activities. 

Technical Authorship

  • Writing articles or reports published by the IRM or another third party
  • Authoring a risk management or associated textbook
  • Study material developer or reviewer
  • Contribution to technical documents and guides
Training for others
  • Course/workshop trainer or leader
  • Mentor or coach
  • Paper presented at a risk related seminar or conference
  • Provider of risk related training course or workshop
  • Presenting a webinar

Qualifications and Assessment

  • Studying for a formal business related qualification
  • Undertaking an e-learning programme
  • Setting or moderating examination papers
  • Marking examination scripts or assessing course work

Attendance at events

  • Attendance at risk related conference/event/seminar
  • Attendance at formal risk related or personal development training course
  • Attendance at IRM Special Interest Group or Regional Group meeting
  • Speaking/facilitating

Contribution to a professional Institute

Internal training

  • In-house presentation on risk management
  • On the job training – interactive and participative discussion by a subject expert
  • Development of in-house risk training programme
  • Member of technical working group or committee