Institute of People Management


Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

IPM strongly supports Continuing Professional Development for all professionals.

We encourage our members to engage in a process of lifelong learning,


Principle and process of CPD

  • Members must take individual responsibility for their own professional development
  • They must maintain a record of CPD activities undertaken throughout the year.
  • A range of activities should be undertaken in order to build up CPD over the year.

Activities can be broken down into verifiable and non-verifiable activities, and for verifiable activities evidence of attendance and or completion must be supplied such as in the form of a certificate or assessment of work.

Designated Members are expected to complete a CPD log evidencing activities that count towards a total points allocation of 18 points per calendar year.

 Guidance on the IPM Points Based CPD System.

  • 18 points must be accumulated and evidenced over the membership year (12 months).
  • Points must come from a range of activities.
  • Total points for one membership year (12 months) cannot all be allocated to the same type of activity, for example, attending conferences.
  • There should be a mix of structured and informal learning or self-directed learning.
Activity Points value
Degree, Diploma or Certificate 16 points – study duration 1 year 12 points – study duration 8 months or less 6 points – study duration 4 months or less
Courses, training events, conferences 3 points per full day, 1.5 points per half day
Breakfast & evening events 1.5 point
E-Learning (webinars, podcasts, online video) 1 point for each session
Project work 9 points for involvement in projects duration 6 months – 1 year 5 points projects of less than 6 months
Delivering training (Facilitation) 6 points for each training session or presentation delivered outside of normal scope of work – including voluntary basis.
Mentoring / coaching 2 points for each session
Reading books 2 points for each HR/Business book read
Authoring books 14 points for a book you author or 9 as co-author
Reading articles, blogs, engaging on social platforms 0,5 point per activity Maximum of 6 points can be claimed in this section.
Authoring articles 3 points per article
Blogging 2 points per blog you write, 10 points for maintaining a regular blog (at least monthly post)
Committee participation 9 points for attending meetings and contributions. You must attend at least 75% of meetings to claim the full 6 points. Only one committee participation to be claimed per year with attendance register as POE
Judging award submissions 9 points for judging of IPM award submissions, or other HR/People awards.
Volunteering   9 points for work related or community benefit voluntary work, using HR or business skills (3 points per day, 1.5 points per half day)  
• When you sign and renew your Membership, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct and our CPD principles and processes.
Our Vision & Mission

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it!


The IPM vision is to be a global portal of thought leadership in HR and people management.


IPM – SA’s most empowering body representing people management and the HR profession


Providing members with easy access to the latest information, expertise, knowledge, training and development, systems, processes and networks in people management to enhance the capabilities of the HR Professional in the work environment regionally, nationally and internationally.

Our Gallery
The Institute of People Management (IPM)
The Institute of People Management (IPM)
The Institute of People Management (IPM)