Continuing Professional Development

Ongoing learning is a critical part of being an effective director. The CPD requirement ensures that members stay current by continuing to undertake training and development opportunities to improve their skills and board competencies. 

What is the CPD requirement?

Members, Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows require 60 points over a rolling three year period. New members have three years to accumulate their foundation 60 CPD points, starting from their join date.

An average of 20 CPD points are required per year and can be attained through any combination of:

  • professional development and branch events offered by the IoD
  • professional development by other organisations providing it relates to improving governance performance
  • other less formal activities, such as reading boardroom and making voluntary contributions to the development of the director profession such as participating in mentoring can also count.

IoD activities (Automatically recorded on your dashboard)

IoD events and courses are automatically recorded on your dashboard. Always remember to login when registering for branch events, courses, online modules or workshops.

 Other activities (self-assessed and self-recorded)

Members self-assess and record other activity, such as governance reading, and CPD activities undertaken through third parties that relate to the practice of directorship and governance to build core competencies contained within IoD’s New Zealand Director Competency Framework.

CPD activities undertaken through external providers attract similar points as similar activities offered by the IoD.

Your CPD dashboard

Visit your CPD dashboard to see how you’re tracking and to log points.

What activities count towards CPD?

A wide range of activities that relate to improving your governance skills and knowledge count for CPD. CPD is not just limited to attending IoD activities. It encompasses all governance activities that you undertake as part of keeping yourself current and up-to-date and to improve your performance in the boardroom. CPD activity must relate to the practice of directorship and governance.

Professional development and events
Learning and upskilling through courses, forums, conferences, workshops and governance events (eg hosted by IoD branches) such as breakfasts with guest speakers, panel discussions, networking lunches or evening events.

Professional governance reading
BoardRoom magazine, Governance Leadership Centre content such as DirectorsBriefs and the Governance update, journals, publications, and any other articles online or in print that you read that relate to governance.

Giving back to the profession
Making voluntary contributions to the development of the director profession such as participating in mentoring to develop other directors, publishing governance articles, writing or delivering a governance presentation, or participating in director surveys.

Board development
Learnings from structured induction for a new board member, boardroom development for your board – bringing in external experts or facilitators, eg for strategic sessions, board assessments and board training.

Learning experience
Self-reflection from extended board activity such as a governance project, IPO’s, constitution review, merger and acquisition or change to governance model.