What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a commitment by members to continually update their skills and knowledge in order to remain professionally competent. Landscape professionals always strive to be the best they can and maintain a professional interest in the wide variety of issues which affect this profession. This commitment ensures that members continue to develop their professional knowledge and practice.

All corporate members of the LI must complete a minimum of 25 hours of CPD every year.

What counts as CPD?

There are quite a few activities that are acceptable as recordable CPD. Apart from the typical lunchtime office presentation that a representative/sales person from a supplier is invited to provide a 1-hour presentation on the company’s products and profile, there are many other activities that are also considered CPD.

These can include:

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Online research on a topic
  • Webinars
  • Podcasts
  • Personal study
  • Mentoring
  • Site visits on completed projects or even during construction
  • Magazine articles reading
  • Attending courses
  • Attending LI events or from other organisations
  • In-house lunchtime presentations
  • Discussions with other professionals.

Updates in 2020

As of 2020 the Landscape Institute is switching over to a new submission system and there are also some more changes for its members that are summarised below:

  • Online submission (with a grace transitional period of whatever method practices and individuals had for recording CPD)
  • The CPD will run according to the LI sessional year which is from 1 July to 30 June the following year.
  • 25 hours remain but the quality of the topics changes;
    • At least 10 hours per year of ‘formal’ events requested (workshops, presentations as per above)
    • At least 5 hours per year of topics on climate change and sustainability
  • New Waiver Policy.



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