CPD for Registered Scientist

Finding the right mind set for CPD reporting

As a Registered Scientist you already know that science is evolving rapidly, as is the workplace and there is always something new to learn.  CPD reporting includes recording and reflecting all the learning alongside a job and it is structured to 5 different ways of learning:

  1. Work-based
  2. Professional
  3. Formal / Educational
  4. Self-directed
  5. Learning outside of your normal employment.

It is expected that you maintain continuous, up-to date and accurate records which demonstrate mixture of the different learning activities above. It is also requested that you demonstrate how learning has improved quality of your work and benefited user of your work which is called reflective evaluation. Please find more about reflection and CPD-cycle below. 

1. Work Based learning

Work based learning is professional development that take place whilst the registrant is at work Such development naturally takes place as experience is gained in the role, greater independence and responsibility given and the complexity and scope of the work undertaken increases. Work based learning also includes in-house training activities and development opportunities that are provided by the employer as part of staff orientation and development in support of organisational performance and objectives.


  • Experimental learning: Learning by doing the job – gaining and learning from experience – expanding role on own initiative.
  • In-service training – including orientation programs, standard operating procedures and employee development
  • Receiving coaching from others
  • Work shadowing
  • Delivering presentations to colleagues
  • Update scientific, technical, coaching, mentoring and supervisory skills
  • Attending and participating in in-house meetings
  • Discussions with colleagues – idea generation, problem solving
  • Contribute to colleague’s presentation of information to external clients, regulators, policy makers
  • Team working with/management of colleagues, trainees and/or students
  • Capacity to take on new challenges
  • Learn new applications, methods and techniques
  • Research resources for new projects
  • Review technical literature and case studies
  • Contribute to the wider work of the employer
  • Reflection on leant activities following significant projects
  • Reflecting and acting on feedback on performance from colleagues, clients and customers
  • Participating in the employers performance appraisal and goal setting process
  • Contribute to improvement of working practices

2. Professional activity

Any professional activity that support professional development, including participating in the management and organisation of a professional body.  Also participating in activities that develop the professional skills and knowledge of other professionals and participating in activities that apply scientific expertise in the wider community.


  • Active engagement with your professional body
  • Participating in a conference or scientific meeting
  • Organise/contribute to a technical group such as a special interest group or study group
  • Giving presentations to specialists and non-specialists
  • Attend and report on scientific meeting or conferences
  • Networking with professionals within the organisation and in other organisations coaching or mentoring colleagues or trainees
  • Promote career to others, formally or informally
  • Assessor for RSciTech or RSci applications and CPD audit submissions
  • Supporter for RsciTech or RSci applications
  • Maintaining awareness of Code of Conduct

3. Formal/educational

Formal/educational professional development includes participating in activities that lead to gaining academic/ professional qualifications and the attendance at structured learning activities organised by professional bodies, learned societies or training providers.  Also the preparation of papers, articles or presentations for professional audience.


  • Maintaining or developing technical or scientific skills by:
  • Undertaking a program of learning for an academic / professional qualification
  • Attending training courses
  • Attending conferences or scientific meetings
  • Undertaking relevant online courses
  • Contributing to appropriate articles, papers, proposals, funding applications etc
  • Preparing presentations for conferences or scientific meetings by research
  • Preparing material for training courses

4. Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning is when an individual identifies opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills and does so independently.  The individuals takes full responsibility for their learning and subsequent reflection.


  • Reading books, journals, articles
  • Summarising books and articles
  • Upgrading knowledge through internet searches and other sources
  • Writing books, chapters and reports
  • Reflective practice – assessing the benefit of CPD activities to self, client or employer – identifying next steps

5. Other

Activities that may help develop transferrable skills and gain experiences that are valuable in the current professional role in future career directions.  These would include involvement in strategic activities for the employer and activities carried out outside of professional life.


  • Contribution to strategic planning
  • Team skills (e.g. member of a community group)
    Organisation and planning skills (e.g. secretary for a local club or society)
  • Mentoring/tutoring skills (e.g. managing/coaching a sports team
  • Finance skills (treasurer for a club/society)
  • Volunteers for national projects
  • Carry out public service or voluntary work in the public sector