Institute of Continuing Professional Development

“It is my firm belief that if you go over and above with your professional development, then you should be recognised.”

Jonathan Harris CBE
Founder of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development

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About the iCPD

The Institute of Continuing Professional Development (iCPD) is the principal institute for CPD in the UK.

Founded in 1995 by Jonathan Harris, iCPD’s main aim is to encourage individuals with their professional learning and development by providing valued recognition. This comes in the form of awards and post-nominals.

The Institute works across all industries and exists to support any individual who wishes to demonstrate their commitment to CPD. In 2021, iCPD forged a partnership with the CPD Standards Office – part of the Professional Development Consortium. Now, these combined forces are well-placed to support and inspire individuals who are committed to enhancing their skills. Together, the organisations are able to provide high-quality educational opportunities and to reward those who go “over and above” with their professional development.


Individuals who undertake a predetermined amount of CPD through the CPD Standards Office will be in a position to gain one of the following:

  • FInstCPD – This “Fellow” grade was launched when the ICPD was founded in 1995. It is for individuals who are a member of another professional body, have established careers and are undertaking 30 hours of CPD per annum.
  • MInstCPD – A new “Member” grade was added in 2008. This is for individuals who are mid-career, have a degree or 5 years’ work experience and are undertaking 20 hours of CPD per annum.
  • AInstCPD – An “Achiever” grade was launched in 2021. This for individuals under the age of 25, who have completed a CPD accredited course and are undertaking 10 hours of CPD per annum.

Honorary Fellows

Jonathan Harris CBE FRICS*#
Sir Denis Pereira Gray Kt OBE***#
Vivien King Hon RICS
Lord Bichard of Nailsworth KCB#
Dame Gillian Guy DBE#
Marc Franks FCA#
Lorraine Baldry OBE
Sir Gordon Duff
Brig. (Retired) A W E Brister CBE
Neil Botten
Jonathan Caplan QC
Lord Carrington of Fulham
Graham Chase FRICS
Dr. Geoffrey Copland CBE
Norman Davis
Brig. Mark St. J Filler CBE
Prof. Barry Gilbertson FRICS*
Prof. Sir Malcolm Grant CBE
The Hon. Mrs. Justice Hogg DBE
The Baroness Hooper CMG
Sir Christopher Howes KCVO CB
Lt. Gen. Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE
Sir Geoffrey Leigh
Martin Leigh-Pollitt
Michael Napier CBE QC (Hon)**
The Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
Peter Pereira Gray FRICS
Robert Peto FRICS*
John Plender
Simon Pott FRICS*
Duncan Preston FRICS
Vicky Pryce
Prof. Andy Ross FAcSS
Lt. Gen. (Retired) Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE
Lesley Webber OBE
Andrew Youens FRICS
Dr Monaca Grinfeld

*Former President of the RICS
**Former President of the Law Society
***Former President of Royal College of General Practitioners
#Trustee of The Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning

Become a member

The CPD Standards Office

The CPD Standards Office, established in 2012, part of the Professional Development Consortium (PDC), is a unique organisation founded with the vision of enabling positive and successful CPD and learning experiences. 

The CPD Standards Office evolved from a comprehensive research project at Kingston and Warwick Business Schools in 2010. Through the research, it became clear that there was a lack of understanding around the practice of CPD, and that training experiences which were advertised as CPD were often of low quality.

The CPD Standards Office offers independent accreditation across four standardised areas: face-to-face training courses, events and seminars, online learning, and professional speaking.

Accreditations include CPD, Coach of Excellence and Provider of Training Excellence.

Held in high regard by Government, employers and professional institutes, the CPD Standards Office has accredited over 2,500 organisations over a period of nine years. In 2021, it has 1,100 in its current membership. These organisations are based in 46 countries and include corporate employers, training providers, universities and educational organisations, small businesses and charities. Clients include Rolls Royce, The Open University, the NHS, Pitman Training and Regents University.

Organisations join the CPD Standards Office as annual members, and can have any number of training activities accredited. A conservative estimate of the number of CPD courses accredited over the past decade is approximately 40,000 with the number of learners attending those accredited courses totalling approximately 60,000-80,000 per annum.

Discover the benefits

Find out how you can become a member of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development (iCPD):