CPD - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is CPD?
  2. Why should I do CPD?
  3. Why is CPD changing?
  4. Why will the new CPD programme be introduced over three phases?
  5. Why is CPD moving to a three-year rolling programme?
  6. What does a three-year rolling programme mean?
  7. How do I find out my membership number?
  8. How do I find out if I am eligible to join the CPD programme?
  9. What does CPD Active mean?
  10. How do I become CPD Approved?
  11. How many credits do I have to gain to receive my CPD Approved certificate?
  12. What does CPD Approved mean?
  13. Why do I have to maintain CPD Approved status once I have achieved it?
  14. What will happen if I do not have enough credits to maintain CPD Approved status?
  15. What is a lifetime transcript?
  16. How do I add CPD credits to my lifetime transcript?
  17. Where can I see my Transcript?
  18. What are milestones?
  19. What type of recognition do I get for achieving a milestone?
  20. How can I collect CPD credits?
  21. What’s a Personal Learning Statement?
  22. Will there be a CPD register at every event that I attend?
  23. Where can I find a CPD credit claim form?
  24. Why have my CPD credits been doubled?
  25. How do I find out how many CPD credits I have got?
  26. Can I claim CPD credits via the BIGGA website instead of filling in the printable form?
  27. Is there an App available for BIGGA CPD?
  28. How do I find out my CPD status on the new programme?
  29. What happens if I earn more than 60 credits within my three-year cycle?
  30. When is the end of the current CPD year?
  31. Do I have the same start date for every three year CPD cycle?

What is CPD?

CPD is Continuing Professional Development. It is a strategy for ensuring you maintain your competence and knowledge, through training and education.

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Why should I do CPD?

CPD is about updating your skills and knowledge, boosting your confidence, strengthening your professional credibility and ensuring your employer has a competent and well-motivated employee.

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Why is CPD changing?

Following feedback from members, a change to a three-year rolling programme would give members a better opportunity to participate in CPD and gain their credits.

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Why will the new CPD programme be introduced over three phases?

BIGGA’s CPD programme is a big project and by introducing different phases it will reduce confusion and allow members to become familiar with the new structure before introducing the next phase.

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Why is CPD moving to a three-year rolling programme?

By moving to a three-year rolling programme, it provides the member with flexibility to fit their professional development into their lives.

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What does a three-year rolling programme mean?

A rolling programme provides you with the flexibility to start. The programme is set so that a member must gain a minimum of 60 credits in a maximum of three years. However, a rolling programme means that once those 60 credits have been reached the three-year programme restarts. For example, a member reaches 60 credits in 18 months, they then have another three years to reach 60 credits. They may achieve this in six months and the three-year programme restarts again.

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How do I find out my membership number?

Your membership number can be found on your BIGGA membership card and on all correspondence regarding CPD. Alternatively, you can telephone the office to confirm your membership number.

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How do I find out if I am eligible to join the CPD programme?

All Full, Associate, International and Affiliate members are eligible to register on BIGGA’s CPD Programme. Full time student members become eligible once they have completed their studies and have upgraded their membership category.

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What does CPD Active mean?

CPD Active recognises members who have committed to the BIGGA CPD Programme and are accumulating credits but have not yet achieved 60 credits.

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How do I become CPD Approved?

By gaining 60 credits within your three-year cycle.

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How many credits do I have to gain to receive my CPD Approved certificate?

You need to gain 60 credits within your three-year cycle.

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What does CPD Approved mean?

CPD Approved identifies a member who has committed to the BIGGA CPD Programme and has gained 60 credits and who is continuing to gain 60 credits in each of their three-year cycles.

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Why do I have to maintain CPD Approved status once I have achieved it?

Maintaining your CPD Approved status proves that you are committed to developing yourself professionally and personally and identifies you as a valuable employee for your current and future employers. If you are unable to achieve your 60 credits your status will revert to CPD Active, until you have gained 60 credits within your three-year cycle.

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What will happen if I do not have enough credits to maintain CPD Approved status?

If you are unable to achieve your 60 credits please call us to discuss ways we can help you achieve the required number of credits. If you are unable to gain the 60 credits your status will revert to CPD Active.

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What is a lifetime transcript?

A lifetime transcript is a complete list of all courses or activities you have claimed for whilst you have been registered on the BIGGA CPD Programme.

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How do I add CPD credits to my lifetime transcript?

When you claim credits they will be added to your Lifetime Transcript.

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Where can I see my Transcript?

Currently, your transcript is held at BIGGA House. We are investigating making this available online. Keep your eyes open in Greenkeeper International and on the website for details.

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What are milestones?

A Milestone is an award that will be made once a member achieves a total of 180 CPD credits and every 180 CPD credits there after.

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What type of recognition do I get for achieving a milestone?

You will be awarded a certificate, be acknowledged in Greenkeeper International and within the Membership Handbook.

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How can I collect CPD credits?

CPD activities can be formal qualifications, certificates of competence, attendance at regional or section events, involvement in section/regional/national committees, presenting papers, reviewing books, writing articles, completing online quizzes and any other educational activity that you feel aids your personal and professional development. For the last one, you will need to complete a Personal Learning Statement.

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What’s a Personal Learning Statement?

A Personal Learning Statement provides an opportunity to claim credits for activities that fall outside the boundaries of what are classed as CPD activities. For example, if you volunteer at a sports club or coach a youth team, you can complete a form identifying what you have learnt from your activity and how it has affected you. Your Personal Learning Statement will then be awarded credits.

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Will there be a CPD register at every event that I attend?

For a CPD register to be issued the organisers must inform BIGGA that they are running an event so CPD credits can be allocated. However, this does not prevent you from claiming credits for attending. When booking onto events please try to encourage the organisers to register for CPD credits.

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Where can I find a CPD credit claim form?

A PDF of the credit claim form is at the bottom of the Continuing Professional Development page in Education

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Why have my CPD credits been doubled?

We have doubled your credits because the value for one hour of education is now one credit. To bring your credit level into line with the new programme your credits have been doubled.

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How do I find out how many CPD credits I have got?

We will be writing to all members to inform them of their current levels or alternatively call the L&D team at BIGGA House and we will confirm your current credit level.

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Can I claim CPD credits via the BIGGA website instead of filling in the printable form?

Not yet, but this is something we are looking into. Keep your eyes open in Greenkeeper International and on the website for details.

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Is there an App available for BIGGA CPD?

Not yet, but this is something we are looking into. Keep your eyes open in Greenkeeper International and on the website for details.

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How do I find out my CPD status on the new programme?

At present, call the L&D team at BIGGA House and we will confirm your current credit level.

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What happens if I earn more than 60 credits within my three-year cycle?

Your additional credits will be rolled over into your next three-year cycle. For example, a member who achieves 65 credits will begin their next three-year cycle with 5 credits.

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When is the end of the current CPD year?

The current CPD year ends on 30th June 2013.

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Do I have the same start date for every three year CPD cycle?

It depends on how long it takes for you to accumulate your 60 credits. If your start date is 1st July 2013 and you achieve your 60 credits in 18 months, then your next three-year programme would begin on 1st February 2015. So, a CPD start date will vary, depending on achievement.

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