Manage your career records online

A new web system will make it easier to update and share professional details, explains Cat Shepherd.

A new system nearing launch will allow you to keep your continuing professional development (CPD) records online.

The Professional Space system will enable you to save a record of the CPD activities you undertake and support you through the whole continuing professional development cycle from writing your professional development plan to reflecting on what you have got out of your CPD activities.

The system will be part of a new free online learning portal called RTPI Learn that will be available to members shortly (see p31).

All members will automatically have access to Professional Space when they log on to RTPI Learn. The templates are in the same format as the ones currently available to download from the Royal Town Planning Institute's website, so you will be able to copy and paste your records into the online system.

One benefit of the new system is that you will be able to access your records from anywhere with an internet connection, so there is no risk of losing your records if you change job, go travelling or are on maternity leave.

As you are probably aware, as an RTPI member you could be selected at any time to submit your records for CPD monitoring to ensure that you are complying with the requirements of the institute's code of conduct.

With the introduction of Professional Space, you will no longer have to post or email your records to the institute if you are selected in this way, as you can easily share your records online.

Similarly, the system can be used by licentiates to share their professional development plan with a mentor or by any members who want to allow their manager or other colleagues to view their records.

Cat Shepherd is the RTPI's lifelong learning officer.

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