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As the US Army and Marine Corps seek to enhance their capabilities in preparation for potential ‘near-peer’ conflict, there is renewed focus on the most crucial and unchanging conduit of dismounted warfare: the individual soldier.

In line with the creation of US Army Futures Command and the key US Army modernization priority of increasing Soldier Lethality, Future Soldier Technology USA will bring together a community of senior military leaders, program managers, and researchers at the forefront of delivering enhanced soldier capabilities, from the US and beyond. 

Future Soldier Technology USA is the only dedicated soldier and marine equipment modernisation conference in North America. With a unique focus on lightening the load and delivering greater lethality through advanced technology, this event will enable dismounted soldier and marine program managers to meet and test the latest equipment capable of enhancing infantry operations.

Key Topics Addressed Will Include:

  • Enhancing lethality
  • Lightening the load
  • Increasing soldier power
  • Optimising night vision
  • Dismounted situational awareness
  • Maximising survivability
  • Transforming manoeuvrability
  • Leveraging Augmented Reality (AR)

With senior support from the US Army’s PEO Soldier, Marine Corps Systems Command, Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Army Futures Command: Cross Functional Team Soldier Lethality, the Rapid Equipping Force, US Army Research Laboratory, Maneuver Battle Lab, this is the only place to hear the very latest developments in soldier modernization from the key decision makers at the heart of the world’s best military.  

Participate in the only event in North America focused solely on Soldier and Marine equipment modernization and capability development
Hear the latest developments from innovative and cutting-edge soldier modernization projects including Soldier Warrior, Nett Warrior, IVAS, Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad and many others
Meet and network with the senior officers and civilians at the forefront of soldier capability development in the US Army and Marine Corps

 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier , US Army

9:00 Transforming the Warfighter’s Equipment and Capabilities to Dominate the 21st Century Battlefield

Brigadier General Anthony Potts

Brigadier General Anthony Potts, Commanding General PEO Soldier, US Army

  • Improving close combat preparedness to ensure the infantry soldier can fight and win in complex tactical environments
  • Providing next generation weapons and ensuring the soldier is equipped with effective optronic accessories for maximum lethality
  • Reducing physical and cognitive burden through Adaptive Soldier Architecture
  • Closely coordinating programmes and projects to ensure effective capability integration
  • Ensuring capability development is equally prioritized as well as equipment and materiel modernization
  • 9:45 Next Generation Interconnectivity Powering Mission Success

    Mr Mathias Nakatsui

    Mr Mathias Nakatsui, System Engineering Manager, STAR-PAN System Architect, Glenair, Inc.

  • Understanding Mission Profiles
  • Adaptive Technology to Meet the Profiles
  • Tactical Engineering and Integrated Manufacturing Capability
  • Tactical Applications
  • Worldwide Technical and Logistical Support
     
  • 10:15 Morning Coffee

    10:45 Next Generation Weapon Systems for the Dismounted Soldier: Increasing Range and Accuracy

    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Colonel Elliott Caggins, Project Manager Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army

  • Enhancing individual and crew served weapons for lethality overmatch
  • The Squad Designated Marksman rifle: Increasing range, accuracy, and lethality for infantry squads
  • Boosting small arms firepower through the modular handgun system (MHS), with enhanced laser and light-based aiming
  • Increasing efficiency through wireless fire control, improving loading and ammunition integration
  • Testing and fielding the latest weapons and weapon technology
  • 11:30 Solutions for Expeditionary Power

    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Lawrence

    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Lawrence, Chief Strategy Officer, GMRE Inc

  • Power Management Goals
  • Optimized Warfighter / Balanced Weight
  • Scalable Options
  • Power When You Need it Most
  • Power Options in an Austere Environment
     
  • 12:15 Networking Lunch

    13:15 The Impact of Connected Weapons in the Future Battlefield

    Lieutenant Commander Itay Weiss

    Lieutenant Commander Itay Weiss, CEO & Israeli Navy Reservist, Secubit Ltd

  • The Future Battlefield's challenges
  • What information will we get from the Future Soldier
  • How AI will impact the Future Battlefield
  • Weaponlogic & future systems integration
  • AI-powered decision making
  • 13:45 Strengthening Soldier Lethality by Adapting to Complex and AsymmetricThreats

    Major Thomas Beyerl

    Major Thomas Beyerl, Group Executive Officer, Asymmetric Warfare Group

  • Contributing to soldier capability development through the work of the Asymmetric Warfare Group
  • The need for agile response to new and complex threats in the 21st century battlefield to prepare soldiers for multi-domain operations
  • Enhancing lethality and survivability for the dismounted soldier
  • Identifying and bridging capability gaps through close work with partnership with other Army organizations
  • 14:15 Smarter Technology at the Tactical Edge

    Mr Richard Waldrom

    Mr Richard Waldrom, Capture Lead Soldier Systems, Ultra Electronics

  • Maintaining future systems growth and development
  • Enabling efficient and effective force application
  • Enhancing data, voice and situational awareness
  • Meeting current and future close combat challenges head on
     
  • 14:45 Dismounted Soldier Communications

    Mr Alan Skilbeck

    Mr Alan Skilbeck, Technical Manager, Thales UK

  • The user environment
  • Size, Weight and Power
  • Technologies that meets the range and deliver the services
  • Trade-offs necessary in putting together a communications solution
  • Unique challenges in terms of detection, operation in congested environments and in hostile RF action
     
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 A Human Factors Approach to Enhancing Soldier Modernization and Lethality

    Dr Corde Lane

    Dr Corde Lane, Director, Human Research & Engineering Center, US Army Research Laboratory

  • Engaging in innovative human performance research to further future soldier capabilities
  • Evaluating and reducing cognitive and physical burdens to the dismounted soldier
  • Empowering the soldier through research & analysis supporting the Synthetic Training Environment, increasing lethality battle preparedness
  • Research and experimentation to human/system integration in support of the notion of ‘soldier as a system’
  • 16:15 Transforming Soldier Mobility through Robotics & Autonomous Systems

    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis, Acting Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army

  • Embedding RAS into dismounted soldier operations
  • How the Maneuver Battle Lab is expanding RAS capabilities through advanced testing and experimentation
  • Lightening the load through the Squad Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport
  • Leveraging miniature land and air-based RAS, such as soldier borne Nano-drones
  • Potential for further autonomous sensors to improve dismounted situational awareness
  • 16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier , US Army

    16:50 Evening Networking Drinks Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor Glenair

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier , US Army

    9:00 Empowering the Warfighter and Maximizing Combat Effectiveness Through Advanced Science & Technology Research

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Dr Robb Wilcox, Director, Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate, Combat Capabilities Development Command

  • Ensuring soldiers are effectively equipped and to face the challenges of the modern battlefield
  • Advanced research with a ‘human factors’ focus to maximize the potential of the warfighter
  • Optimizing soldier performance including lethality and sustainability through research and experimentation
  • Taking a holistic approach to soldier protection, developing new innovative materials to transform survivability
  • 9:30 Nett Warrior: Integrating C4I Technology to Achieve Greater Dismounted Situational Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris, Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems, PM SWAR, US Army

  • Nett Warrior: Ensuring faster and more informed battlefield decision making by increasing dismounted situational awareness
  • Leveraging COTS smartphone technology to aid the warfighter
  • Combining tactical navigation, targeting, and communications data in a single display
  • Ensuring effective connectivity through multiple networks, for greater communication reliability
  • Increasing integrated capabilities through open architecture design
  • 10:00 The Soldier and the Changing Nature of Warfare in the 21st Century

    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton, Former Commander US Army Test Evaluation Command, US Army Test and Evaluation Command

  • Assessing the past development of the modern infantry soldier to further understand potential future soldier requirements
  • The wars of the future: The role of the individual soldier in the multi-domain warfare concept
  • Emphasising human factors in soldier capability enhancement: the need to consider soldier physical and mental performance as well as new technology
  • Challenges in developing and acquiring new soldier equipment in an era of rapid technological change
  • 10:30 From King Edward II to TOPGUN and 2019: Achieving ‘Lethality Today’ through Innovative Training

    Mr Ralph Petroff

    Mr Ralph Petroff, President, US, Marathon Robotics

  • History proves that innovative training with existing weapons can yield immediate and dramatic lethality increases
  • Fixing the Achilles Heel of today’s soldier lethality
  • Achieving ‘lethality today’ by training with AI-enabled autonomous robots
  • Creating ‘pre-combat veterans’ to win ‘the fight tonight’
     
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Thriving in the Chaos: Enabling Warfighters with the Right C2 Model

  • Solving complex challenges with intuitive solutions to support warfighter mobility
  • Increasing resiliency and survivability with a multi-tiered approach
  • Support distributed operations in austere environments with flexible communication paths
  • Enhancing operational flexibility while reducing maintenance, training, and lifecycle costs
     
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Sweeney

    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Sweeney, VP of Government Strategy, REDCOM

    12:00 How FN Herstal Responds to Operational Needs to Improve Soldier’s Lethality

  • Integrating ballistics and environment parameters to maximise hit probability
  • Enhancing combat effectiveness through marksmanship training
  • Mr Francois Legras

    Mr Francois Legras, FN e-novation Product Manager, FN Herstal

    Mr Thomas Smith

    Mr Thomas Smith, Information Technology Insertion Consultant to FN , FN America

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Facilitating Agile Equipment Development to Enhance the Warfighter’s Fighting Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas M. Sanchez

    Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas M. Sanchez, Outreach Team Chief, Rapid Equipping Force, US Army

  • The role of REF in rapid non-standard equipment development to augment soldier equipment modernization efforts
  • Meeting the needs of the dismounted soldier to ensure increased lethality and survivability
  • Working closely with dismounted soldier and in theater to ensure the most agile equipment development
  • Priorities in non-standard equipment development: mission control, fire protection, and dismounted ISR
  • Lessons to be learned from the REF’s agile processes
  • 14:00 Leveraging Immersive Technologies for a Cutting-Edge Synthetic Training Environment

    Lieutenant Colonel Byron Harder PhD

    Lieutenant Colonel Byron Harder PhD, Synthetic Training Integration and Management Branch Head, USMC

  • The Marine Corps Synthetic Training Enterprise: current USMC efforts aimed at transforming Marine Air Ground Task Force training
  • The role of immersive technology and augmented reality in improving training
  • Leveraging artificial intelligence to enable more training repetitions
  • Measuring the return on investment for Live, Virtual, and Constructive training solutions
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Enhancing Soldier Lethality Through Innovative Virtual Reality Testing and Simulation

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa, Human Research Lead, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center

    15:30 Panel: Enhancing Soldier and Marine Lethality Through Synthetic Environments

  • Key perspectives from the branches – Army, Marine and R&D approaches to warfighter training
  • Asymmetric and near-peer battlespaces: what each means for dismounted capability from a training perspective
  • Joint and coalition operations – bridging the gap between key organisations to provide a holistic approach to warfighter training
  • What future immersive AR and VR technologies offer the DoD in next generation training and simulation
  • From the proving ground to the battle ground – converting drills to on-the-ground proficiency
     
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier , US Army

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa, Human Research Lead, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center

    Major Thomas Beyerl

    Major Thomas Beyerl, Group Executive Officer, Asymmetric Warfare Group

    Lieutenant Colonel Byron Harder PhD

    Lieutenant Colonel Byron Harder PhD, Synthetic Training Integration and Management Branch Head, USMC

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier , US Army

    16:30 Site Visit to USMC Gruntworks Facility in Quantico, VA

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    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Acting Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army
    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier , US Army
    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Project Manager Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Byron Harder PhD

    Lieutenant Colonel Byron Harder PhD

    Synthetic Training Integration and Management Branch Head, USMC
    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems, PM SWAR, US Army
    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Former Commander US Army Test Evaluation Command, US Army Test and Evaluation Command

    Brigadier General Anthony Potts

    Commanding General PEO Soldier, US Army
    Brigadier General Anthony Potts

    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Acting Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army
    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Lawrence

    Chief Strategy Officer, GMRE Inc
    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Lawrence

    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Sweeney

    VP of Government Strategy, REDCOM
    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Sweeney

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier , US Army
    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Project Manager Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Dr Corde Lane

    Director, Human Research & Engineering Center, US Army Research Laboratory
    Dr Corde Lane

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Human Research Lead, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center
    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Director, Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate, Combat Capabilities Development Command
    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Lieutenant Colonel Byron Harder PhD

    Synthetic Training Integration and Management Branch Head, USMC
    Lieutenant Colonel Byron Harder PhD

    Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas M. Sanchez

    Outreach Team Chief, Rapid Equipping Force, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas M. Sanchez

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems, PM SWAR, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Lieutenant Commander Itay Weiss

    CEO & Israeli Navy Reservist, Secubit Ltd
    Lieutenant Commander Itay Weiss

    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Former Commander US Army Test Evaluation Command, US Army Test and Evaluation Command
    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Major Thomas Beyerl

    Group Executive Officer, Asymmetric Warfare Group
    Major Thomas Beyerl

    Mr Alan Skilbeck

    Technical Manager, Thales UK
    Mr Alan Skilbeck

    Mr Francois Legras

    FN e-novation Product Manager, FN Herstal
    Mr Francois Legras

    Mr Mathias Nakatsui

    System Engineering Manager, STAR-PAN System Architect, Glenair, Inc.
    Mr Mathias Nakatsui

    Mr Ralph Petroff

    President, US, Marathon Robotics
    Mr Ralph Petroff

    Mr Richard Waldrom

    Capture Lead Soldier Systems, Ultra Electronics
    Mr Richard Waldrom

    Mr Thomas Smith

    Information Technology Insertion Consultant to FN , FN America
    Mr Thomas Smith

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    FN America, LLC, is a U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A., a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality, reliable frearms for military, law enforcement, and commercial customers worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, VA, with manufacturing operations in Columbia, SC, FN America is passionately committed to providing its customers with a portfolio of products, training, and support services under the FN brand name that enhance their performance and safeguard their lives.


    Harris

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    https://www.harris.com/what-we-do/night-vision

    Our Night Vision facility in Roanoke, VA has designed and manufactured USG qualified image intensifier tubes and night vision goggles for over 60 years. We have designed and develop image intensifier tubes, high performance image intensifier tubes, thermal imaging sensors, fused goggle systems and individual soldier systems (ISS). Our engineering staff includes approximately 80 R&D and manufacturing engineers including electrical, mechanical, software, system and optical disciplines. We have a R&D laboratory for prototype builds and functional and environmental testing capabilities. Our current production capacity is approximately 10,000 image intensifier tubes and 3,000 goggles per month. Most recently we were awarded a contract by the US Army on Phase 1 of the ENVG-B program which is a rapid prototype program to deliver a fused binocular system. This product is an upgraded system that features our state-of-the-art white phosphor image intensifier tubes, improved thermal camera, overlaid augmented reality, sensor/navigation data and more. While this is just the first phase for a small quantity of evaluation units, this order is significant because it positions the business to further engage with the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and SOCOM on the ENVG-B platform and helps set the stage for future production awards. Our R&D team is currently developing new technology to advance both the performance of and manufacturability of image intensifier tubes.


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    Marathon Targets enable ‘same day lethality improvement’: immediate and dramatic improvement in soldier lethality, by providing realistic AI-enabled moving targets that look, move, and even behave like real people. We address the fundamental problem common to all militaries: the only time their warfighters perform live fire training with realistic moving targets - is in actual combat. The battlefield is not the place to practice the life-or-death skill of shooting the enemy, before he shoots you. Marathon solves this root cause problem with AI-enabled autonomous humanoid robots that mimic human behaviors. Shoot one robot, and the others will autonomously scatter, or self-organize a counterattack. By training against a thinking, adaptive and unpredictable robotic enemy force, lethality improves immediately, to help win ‘the Fight Tonight.’ In addition to ‘same day lethality improvement’, autonomous targets have other significant benefits: • ‘Same day range modernization’ – almost any range can be turned into a state-of-the-art moving target range in just hours. This saves billions of construction, and a decade of MILCON process • Dramatically increased range throughput – the Army measured 340% increase in sniper training throughput with autonomous robots. The net effect is essentially ‘tripling the number of ranges’ • Robotic role-players – the robots can replace costly human role-players The autonomous robots can run a marathon at a near world record pace, and are ballistically protected for 7.62 240B’s and even .338 Lapua. Run flat tires, AWD, and autonomous obstacle avoidance enable operation on almost any range. Robots can operate indoors and forests, thanks to LIDAR navigation. Marathon’s 5th generation targets have been COTS since our first deliveries to the Australian Defense Force in 2008. We have 7 US offices and robot rental fleets on 4 continents. Contracts are typically ‘training as a service.’ This enables O&M money to be spent, and without a long term purchasing commitment.


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    REDCOM specializes in the development of advanced strategic, operational, and tactical communication solutions with a focus on security, reliability, and interoperability. REDCOM’s MIL-spec products are optimized for low size, weight, and power (SWaP), making them the ideal communications core for denied environments or deployments to the tactical edge. The company’s latest innovation, REDCOM Sigma, is a military-grade software platform that delivers robust call control, media handling, and encrypted communications. REDCOM’s customers include all branches of the military, government agencies, emergency responders, integrators, and enterprises. All REDCOM products are proudly designed, built, and supported in the United States. For more information, visit www.redcom.com


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    Secubit brings military veterans together with AI & product design experts on a mission to transform tactical readiness worldwide. We develop and manufacture innovative products, bringing global armies and law enforcement agencies to the next level of tactical performance. Secubit aims to redefine the perception of weapon usage & tactical readiness by developing an eco-system powered by AI, connectivity and shared knowledge base. Our technology, both from tactical & maintenance perspectives, will ultimately drive the force to perform more efficiently.


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    In a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected and interdependent, the security of people and goods, infrastructure and nations depends on leaders and organisations and their ability to decide and act in a timely fashion and obtain the best outcomes. In the markets that Thales serves - defence, security, space, aerospace and ground transportation - these decisions are often of critical importance. Navy, army and air force commanders, as well as air traffic controllers, policymakers and infrastructure operators, face these critical decisions and need full, relevant and reliable information to understand the situation and make the right choices


    Ultra Electronics

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    The need for improving how we fit technology and increase capability, such as situational awareness, onto the soldier is well understood. UltraLYNX is a key component in the realisation of future dismounted situational awareness systems; Increased operational tempo, improved operational agility and effectiveness and more efficient force application in a Combined, Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational command (CJIIM). The benefits delivered by better situational awareness and more efficient power and data management contribute to reducing the cognitive and physical burden on the soldier. Finding a way to reduce these burdens while increasing operational effectiveness has been the driving force behind UltraLYNX By empowering the user to employ UltraLYNX as their role or mission demands, for the first time soldier technology can truly adapt to the users needs and evolve with the constant and rapidly changing situation on a modern battlefield. Designed from the ground up to deliver smart, open architecture, capable of providing users with a simple plug and play function of a range of common bearer and end user devices, while also providing the necessary technological infrastructure to support future systems growth and development; UltraLYNX provides the definitive standard for future soldier systems and delivers a truly integrated, scalable and open solution to meet current and future close combat challenges head on Ultra Electronics Precision Control Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ultra Electronics PLC, a FTSE 250 company which specialises in the areas of defence, security, transport and energy with a track record stretching back over 40 years. The group comprises over 24 specialist businesses with 4,000 employees. Sales in 2015 totaling over one billion US dollars. The company has expertise in high-integrity sensing, control, communication and display systems. Ultra Electronics takes pride in being engineering focused and undertakes significant investment in technology and innovation. Ultra’s principal areas of land based defence expertise are: • Soldier Systems • Power Management Equipment & Systems • Rugged Processing & Ethernet Solutions • Local Situational Awareness Systems • Human Machine Interfaces

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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