GoSIP and the Security Institute are committed to raising standards in the security profession and encourage everyone to think about how they can continue to develop and also how they help and support others.
The Security Institute's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Toolkit is a fantastic way to track how you keep up-to-date with latest issues and developments in security, giving participants a competitive edge over other operatives, enhancing confidence and competence. Employers are now taking participation in recognised CPD schemes very very seriously, and it is a terrific way to hugely enhance your promotion or employment prospects.
Best of all, if you are clever in the learning you undertake, the industry related publications you read, and the events you attend etc etc etc, it doesn't have to cost you a penny! Win Win.
The Toolkit helps you plan your personal development activity and tracks your achievements to reach set standards year on year.
The CPD Toolkit is updated and published annually and is a self-administered method of identifying and recording learning.
We challenge you to achieve 36 points or more each year!
Doing so will earn you a coveted CPD Certificate from the Security Institute.
Everyone is welcome to use the toolkit.
All sorts of development activity is recognised including attending events, or taking courses run by Security Institute CPD partners which score double points. Look out for the logo and check out who they are on the Institute website.
Why take part in CPD?
Taking a structured approach to your professional development will help you:
- Keep pace with changes in the Security Sector
- Achieve recognition
- Identify your competencies
- Become more employable
- Motivate yourself to improve your skills
- Achieve your goals and progress in your career.
You can earn informal CPD points by reading security-related magazines, such as these:
- City Security Magazine
- Crisis Response Journal
- International Security Journal
- Professional Security Magazine
- Security Matters
- & TPSO (Obviously!)
How do you get started?
Visit the Security Institute website and download the guidance notes and points matrix spreadsheet. (Link is at the bottom of the page.....)
Then basically just note down what you have done and when you did it. Keep any evidence like event tickets, photos, emails and such to prove you have done what you are claiming, (sometimes you may be included in random audit checks to ensure that the scheme is not being abused, so keep all evidence of your CPD until your certificate is awarded.) then fill out the spreadsheet using the guidance notes to tell you how many points you can achieve for any given activity! If you have any queries, there is an email address on the spreadsheet to contact for assistance.
The CPD year runs from 1st January to 31st December, but make sure you get your spreadsheet submitted to the Security Institute by the end of February the following year, to be in time to claim your CPD Certificate!
Go to: https://security-institute.org/cpd/ to get started!