Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme


The constant technological change occurring places a requirement on those employed in it to maintain, and where necessary, update and improve their skills.

Additionally the National Training Board under its policies and guidelines is encouraging competency-based training and incorporates principles of up skilling and broad skilling. These actions are aimed at producing a better-trained workforce.

Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA) believes it is vital that Professional Members remain current in the dynamic field of records management. This goes beyond initial qualification and implies a system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

CPD is defined as:

“The systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skill, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the competent execution of professional and technical duties throughout a professional’s working life”.

The CPD program has been established by RIMPA to ensure Professional Members:

  • Maintain professional competence;
  • Update existing knowledge and skills
  • Attain new or additional knowledge and skills.

The CPD Scheme operates annually beginning on April 1 with input through a Log Schedule compiled by Professional Members and lodged on an annual basis.

Acceptable CPD includes:

  • A – Records and Information Management
  • B – Non Records and Information Management

What is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development, although the ‘P’ could equally stand for ‘Personal’ or ‘Performance’, depending on how you interpret and apply your learning and development. CPD is about planned self-development which embraces both personal and professional aims, and, in many cases, is intended to impact on performance.

A personal development plan, or learning log results from establishing what you want to achieve or where you want to go, in the short- or long-term, and identifying the need for enhanced skills, knowledge or competence. Planning might consist of:

  • Short-term targets – to achieve specific goals to improve skills
  • Mid-term planning – to set the short-term in a development framework towards an improved or new capability, level or job, or to create a desired impact in the workplace
  • Long-term – to think about how best to achieve satisfaction, as well as career progression.

Why is CPD so important?

Managers can no longer rely on their initial training or qualifications to carry them through employment, or on their employer to provide everything they need to develop skills and experience – the old security, if it ever existed, has gone. Increasingly managers are taking responsibility for their own lifelong, continuing development – the bottom-line is that it is down to the individual. The new security consists of loyalty to oneself, to one’s own skills and career progression. This is maximised when individual development needs and goals are aligned with those of the employing organisation.

CPD is a hallmark of professionalism – one of the keys to employability.

What are the benefits of the Association’s scheme?

The CPD scheme is only available to Association members. As a member it:

  • Offers you a Personal Development Profile (CPD Profile) to record all aspects of your learning and development
  • Enables you to discover new learning opportunities
  • Provides recognition of learning and development outcomes through the award of a CPD Certificate
  • Recognises the results of significant CPD activity with the potential to become a Certified Member.

Who is the CPD scheme aimed at?

The CPD scheme is structured to accommodate four types of users:

  1. Those professional Member and Fellows who are required to maintain their CPD to retain their level of accreditation.
  2. Those members actively engaged in CPD to assist in their learning and development and to record it in their own confidential account.
  3. Those members who wish to gain recognition for their CPD with the award of a CPD Certificate.
  4. Those members who wish to work towards the award of Certified Professional Member of the RIM Professionals Australasia.

CPD Certificate

The Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia now awards a CPD Certificate to those who have engaged with the Association’s CPD scheme, and have met certain assessment requirements.

As an Association member you can make a request to be formally assessed for the award of a CPD Certificate. An assessor will view your CPD Submission and Evidence and make a judgement on the extent to which the records meet the assessment requirements.

You will receive feedback from the assessment, explaining any further action that may be necessary, or confirming that a CPD Certificate has been awarded.

Benefits of the CPD Certificate

The RIMPA CPD Certificate is a certificate of professional management credibility, demonstrating:

  • Continuing learning and development
  • Development of management knowledge and skills
  • Commitment to the improvement of information management practice.

How does the CPD Certificate work?

You are awarded a CPD Certificate when you have satisfactorily demonstrated to the Assessor that you:

  1. Have completed the CPD Submission reporting what you set out to learn and why, what you learned, how you applied this learning in the workplace, and what you intend to do next to develop as a manager.
  2. Have developed as a manager in at least one of the six areas of the Chartered Manager Skills.
  3. Provided evidence that this learning and development has taken place.

The CPD Certificate is valid for three years.

You can submit a CPD return via the form below, or your CPD can now be accessed, updated and managed online through your members log-in in the members only site.


Certified Professional Member

The Association is working to establish the award of Certified member as a hallmark of current competence and professionalism. It will enable employers to identify managers who demonstrate current learning and development, and positive impact in the workplace. No other award can claim this.

Benefits of Certified Member

A Certified member demonstrates ability and professionalism across the full range of information management skills through continuing self development and positive impact in the workplace.

The award of Certified member provides information professionals, and their employers, with independent confirmation of their information management skills and the positive impact they are having in the workplace.

Certified Member brings:

  • An independent benchmark of your quality as a information management professional
  • Improved reputation and credibility with colleagues and external partners
  • Enhanced prospects for career progression
  • Increased confidence in your information management skills and leadership abilities in the workplace
  • Validation of the currency of your skills
  • Accreditation of your ability to create significant impact on organisational performance

More Information

More information is available from

Further details are available on the members only site