SMi Group are proud to announce that the 22nd annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition will return to London on the 3rd – 5th November 2020, covering the latest crucial developments within the MilSatCom community. With the return of great power competition and a rising operational tempo across the Globe, how allied forces deploy resilient networks in contested battlespaces remains a key point for consideration for industry and allied partners.

 SMi's 2019 Global MilSatCom:

Held over 3 interactive days, day 1 will focus on the critical host nation SKYNET programme – as SKYNET 5 moves to an end in 2022 and evolves into SKYNET 6 – from both MoD and industry perspectives; particularly as the SDW and EC programme elements are delivered.

As the US stands up Space Force as the sixth branch of the US military, day 2 will be centred on innovation and change within the US space enterprise – where rapid acquisition, reflected by efforts such as SMC 2.0 and AFRL’s Space Innovation Pitch Days - is driving SATCOM development.

Finally, day 3 will centre around key international partner updates, with representation from crucial regions including APAC and Europe; providing opportunities for partnerships and situational awareness of global MILSATCOM efforts.

Covering key topics including SATCOM resilience and hardening, hybrid capability, payload deliver, BLOS C4i provision and the impact of emergent LEO mega-constellations for connectivity – Global MILSATCOM will holistically view the future of connectivity for the warfighter.

With around 600 attendees expected, 4 networking receptions and over 7 hours of networking, Global MilSatCom remains the key diary date for anyone within the military space domain. 

  • Essential updates on the UK’s SKYNET programme including procurement plans and timelines, future requirements and policy from all key stakeholders.
  • Unparalleled international representation from critical allied partners and emerging space operating nations
  • A dedicated focus day exploring future disruptive technology and approaches to space
  • Learn key developments in the US Space Enterprise, including how the standing up of the Space Force & rapid acquisition approaches are transforming capability delivery
  • Meet and network with 550+ attendees from defence agencies, militaries, governments and industry over 8 hours of breaks; as well as 2 drinks receptions and 2 conference dinners

MOD ISS ; Actia Telecom; Advanced Stabilized Technologies Group; Advantech Wireless; Aetheric Engineering Ltd; AFSPC Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USAF; AFSPC Space and Missile Systems Center, USAF; AFSPC/SMC; Aicox Soluciones S.A.; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence & Space Inc; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Defence and Space Ltd; Airbus Defence and Space SAS ; Airbus Group; Airbus OneWeb Satellites; AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense Inc; AQYR; Arabsat; Arianespace; Armada; Australian Department Of Defence; Australian Department of Defence / Joint Capabilities Group; Avanti Communications; Avascent; Avidonn Consulting; Baader Planetarium GMBH; Babcock; Babcock International ; BAE Systems; BAE Systems (Applied Intelligence); Belcastel Space Consulting; Boeing Defence Australia; Brazilian Air Force; Brazilian Armed Forces; Brazilian Army; BT; Cabinet Office of Japan; Callisto; Canadian Armed Forces; CAST; CCISE, Brazilian MOD; CGI; Chilean Air Force; China Aerospace Studies Institute ; CIS Agency of Czech MOD; CITC; Clearbox Systems; Collins Aerospace; Comsat; Comtech EF Data; CPI Satcom Division ; Cubic Mission Solutions; Cubic Nuvotronics; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation; DataPath; Defence Science and Technology; Defence Space Administration; Defense Communication Command, Republic of Korea Armed Forces; Deloitte; Department of International Trade; Descartes Labs Inc; DGA; DISA; DLR; Dstl; Egyptian Armed Forces; EM Solutions; Embassy of Ukraine; ETL Systems Ltd; European Space Agency ; Eutelsat; Eutelsat America Corporation; Eutelsat S A; Eutelsat UK Ltd; Evistacom LLC; ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc; Finnish Defence Forces ; FMV; French Armed Forces; French Embassy DGA; French Joint Space Command; General Dynamics Ltd.; General Dynamics Mission Systems; GetSat; Gilat Satellite Networks; Global Military Communications; GovSat; Grimes, McGovern & Associates; Hellas Sat; High Capabilities Technologies (H I C A P); HISDESAT; HMGCC; HUGHES NETWOKS SYSTEMS ; Hughes Network Systems; Hytec Inter Co Ltd; iDirect ; iDirect Europe ; IHS Jane's; Indian Space Research Organisation; Inmarsat; Inmarsat, Inc; Inster; Institute For Defense Analyses; Integrasys; Intellian Technologies; Intelsat; Intelsat General; Isotropic Systems; ISS, MOD Corsham; ISS, UK MOD; Italian Defence General Staff; Italian Defense General Staff; iTrinegy Ltd; JFC Cap C4ISR; JFC, UK MOD; Joint Forces Command HQ; JSAT International Inc; Kratos; Kratos ; Kymeta; Kymeta Corporation; L3 GCS; L3 Technologies; L3Harris; Leidos; Leonardo DRS; LinQuest Corp; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Luxembourg Directorate of Defence; LuxGovSat; Marlink; MBDA UK Ltd; MCC Corporation; Media Broadcast Satellite Gmbh; Methera Global Communications; Ministry of Defence, UK; Mission Microwave; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; MoD ISS; National Centre for Space Studies (CNES); National Information Agency (NIC); NATO ACT; NATO Allied Maritime Command; NATO Communications and Informations Agency (NCIA); NATO HQ; NATO HQ MARCOM; NATO Special Operations HQ; ND SatCom; NDMA; NEC Corporation; Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization; Netherlands Ministry of Defence; New Zealand Defence Force; Newtec; NIWC/TPO/STF, Ltd; Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northern Space & Security Ltd; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems; Norwegian Cyberdefence; Norwegian MOD; Novelsat; NSSI; NSSL; NSSL Global Ltd; NSSLGlobal Ltd; Nuvotronics; OHB System; OneWeb; Optus Major City Earth Station; Optus Satellite; Over Horizon AB; PA Consulting Group; Paradigm ; PlaneWave Instruments ; Plexus Corp; Polish National Cyber Security Center; RAF; Raytheon; Raytheon Company; Raytheon SAS; Raytheon Systems Limited; Raytheon UK; Reflex Photonics; Renaissance Strategic Advisors; ReQu Tech; ReQuTech; RHEA Group; Rockwell Colllins; Romanian Defence Staff; Royal Air Force; Royal Navy; Royal Saudi Naval Forces; SAE International; Safran; Santander Teleport; SAPNS2 - APEX; SatADSL S.A; SAVI, LLC; SciSys UK Ltd; Semper Fortis Solutions; Seraphim Capital; Serco Ltd; Services Sound & Vision Corporation Media Innovation; SES; SES Government Solutions; SES Government Systems; SES Networks; Shetland Space Centre ; Signal Branch; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; Skyrora; SNXP Ltd; Space and Missile Systems Center; Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), US Space Force; Space Intel Report ; Space Norway; Space Vehicles Directorate; Spacecom; SpaceNews, Inc; Special Aerospace Services; Spectra Group; Speedcast; SRT Wireless, LLC; SSC Space UK; Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd.; Strategic Affairs Secretariat - Presidency of Brazil; SurCom International; Swedish Armed Forces; Tampa Microwave; Teledyne Paradise Datacom ; Telesat; Telespazio; Telespazio France; Telespazio S.p.A.; Teletimes Media LLC.; Terrasat Communications Inc; Thales Alenia Space; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; Thales Communications & Security; Thales Communications & Security S.A; Thales UK; The Aerospace Corporation; The Aerospace International Research Center GmbH ; The Genus Group; The Gund Company; The Traville Group; Third Sales Division; Trans Capital Air Ltd.; TURKSAT AS; UAE GHQ; UK Defence Solutions Centre (UK DSC); UK Ministry of Defence; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UKDSC; UltiSat, Inc.; Ultra Electronics GIGASAT; United States Air Force; University Of Bristol; University of Strathclyde; US AFRICOM; US Air Force; US Air Force SMC/MCX; US DOD; USAF; USAF, Space and Missile Systems Center; USAF/AFSPC/Space and Missile Systems Center; USSOCOM J636 ; Viasat ; ViaSat Communications Inc; ViaSat UK Ltd; ViaSat, Inc.; Virgin Orbit; VOX Space; VT iDirect Inc; Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems; XTAR;

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Global MilSatCom Disruptive Space Technology Focus Day 2020
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The QEII Conference Centre
2nd November 2020
London, United Kingdom


The QEII Conference Centre

Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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Sponsors and Exhibitors


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Eutelsat is one of the world's leading and most experienced satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients from Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to connect their customers, irrespective of their location. 7,000 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat’s workforce of 1,000 men and women from 46 countries are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com




GovSat is a Luxembourg-based satellite operator. Its mission is to provide secure, reliable and accessible governmental satellite communication services to address the demand resulting from defence and institutional security applications. Its first satellite, GovSat-1, is a multi-mission satellite using X-band and Military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission beams.



Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s leading portfolio of global satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility. Inmarsat holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical secure, safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. In the Government sector, Inmarsat is proud to be the leading commercial satcoms partner to the “5-Eyes” nations (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand). The company is also trusted by over 80 other Governments around the world to provide secure, mission critical connectivity services.



Kratos helps ensure customers are “Ready for What’s Next” in the rapidly changing satellite industry by improving operational efficiencies and managing the complexities across the ground. From RF interference mitigation and cancellation, end-to-end network management, signal processing, to command & control, Kratos products and services are used by more than 80 percent of the world’s satellite operators and 90 percent of U.S.-based space missions. Kratos develops, integrates and sustains technology ensuring space communications superiority.

Lockheed Martin


Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Northrop Grumman Corporation


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

ST Engineering iDirect


ST Engineering iDirect is a global leader in satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. With the acquisition of Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined business unites over 35 years of innovation focused on solving satellite’s most critical economic and technology challenges, and expands a shared commitment to shaping the future of how the world connects. The product portfolio, branded under the names iDirect and Newtec, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, making it possible for its customers to deliver the best connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including broadcast, mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information on iDirect platforms please visit www.idirect.net. For Newtec platforms please visit www.newtec.eu.



Backed by a legacy of engineering excellence, reliability and industry-leading customer service, Telesat has grown to be one of the largest and most successful global satellite operators. Telesat LEO, scheduled to begin service in 2022, will revolutionize global broadband connectivity with high capacity, low latency, affordability and fiber-like speeds.



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



At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections with the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that counts, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.


Hytec Inter


Hytec Inter provides solutions for streaming live video over bandwidth constrained networks. Powered by our unique video codec HEVC-ULC, we make it possible to deliver critical video feeds stably over Tactical IP radio, 3G/LTE or satellite links. Our solutions have been developed for applications in defence, disaster relief, SAR and border control.



Inster designs and manufactures reliable SATCOM equipment for military satellite communications where the mobility and portability are the key factors: • High efficiency Low profile SOTM and Manpack Terminals based in phase array technology. • Highly Portable Tactical Satcom Terminals with rapid and accurate auto-acquisition in backpack and single case configurations.



Marlink is the world's leading provider of satellite communications, serving European and international militaries and government institutions. We keep remote operations connected with customised, multi-band satellite solutions seamlessly integrated with terrestrial technologies to deliver near 100% service availability. We complement this with advanced tracking and security solutions, welfare communications, telemedicine solutions and unique value-added services for efficient operations.

Media Broadcast Satellite


Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS) is a communication solutions provider & integrator and operator of Germany’s largest teleport. Since the 1970s, MBS has provided dedicated services to government and enterprise users via its extensive and fully owned teleport facility. With up to 135 active antennas and a 24/7 manned Network Operations Center (NOC), MBS enables connectivity in government use frequency bands (X-band & MIL Ka-band) as well as commercial bands (C-, Ku- and Ka-Band). In addition to satellite, MBS also utilizes radio, mobile and fiber connectivity. This enables an array of applications such as: · Connectivity for theatres of operation · Interconnection and interoperability of institutional or defence sites/network entities · Command & control (C2) · Intelligence · Surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) · SOF missions · Communications-on-the-move/pause for land, air and maritime missions From our MBS Teleport in Usingen near Frankfurt, customers can reach regions across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the American continent with maritime coverage for the Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Indian Oceans. Dedicated to governmental and institutional users, MBS features high-availability, EU/US security compliant and ISO27001 (cyber security) certified infrastructure and services, ranging from military-off-the-shelf services to fully managed and mission tailored communication solutions. We have over 40 years of experience in satellite communication combined with our comprehensive application and hardware know-how. MBS is customer-centric and translates user demands into agile, secure and robust communication solutions. We are proud of our high-quality services “Made in Usingen/Germany”. This quality is reinforced by our own team of engineers that are dedicated to the support of our customers at all stages of their mission, product and/or service life cycle. For more information please visit: www.mb-satellite.com Media Broadcast Satellite – 40 years of excellence in communication



With over three decades of experience, ND SATCOM is the premier supplier of and integrator for innovative satellite communication equipment systems and solutions to support customers with critical operations anywhere in the world. Customers in more than 130 countries have chosen ND SATCOM as a trusted and reliable source of high-quality and secure turnkey and custom system-engineered communication solutions. The company’s products and solutions are used in more than 200 transnational networks in government, military, telecom and broadcast environments.

ND SATCOM’s flagship product, the SKYWAN platform, enables international users to communicate securely, effectively and quickly over satellite.



XTAR, LLC is a privately owned satellite operator delivering X-band services to U.S. and Allied government users. XTAR’s two satellite payloads, with high-powered global, fixed and steerable spot beams, are WGS-compatible and readily support mobile applications in the harshest environments. Available coverage is from Denver east to Singapore.

Media Partners

Space IT Bridge


Space IT Bridge is focused on helping business leaders and IT decision makers understand emerging business opportunities delivered by a growing number of space-based satellite networks. The site will track the business climate of this emerging and exciting market, including: standards debates, deployment case studies, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, financial results and IPOs, and more. Stories and other coverage in Space IT Bridge will help "New Space" companies how to leverage best practices in IT, such as open standards, open source, cloud computing, APIs, Big Data, analytics, and machine learning. At the same time, Space IT Bridge will help the IT and consumer worlds recognize and embrace new opportunities offered by cubesats, imaging, and low earth orbit (LEO) satellite clouds.

Asian Military Review


Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.

SatellitePro ME


SatellitePro Middle East addresses all aspects of the space and satellite industry, covering all key vertical markets including Broadcast, Telco, Maritime, Government & Military, Aviation and Enterprise, as well as Oil & Gas. The magazine also has a special focus on regional and international space projects. Our target audience includes satellite operators and companies operating within the space sector, manufacturers, systems integrators and solution providers, distributors as well as analysts, looking to further expand into the Middle East. SatellitePro Middle East is the only print magazine for MENA published from Dubai. Its digital edition reaches satellite industry professionals the world over.

Armada International


ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.

World Teleport Association


Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (WTA) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.



The only independent specialized media, only and exclusively in the Space Industry, written in Spanish. Spanish online media, aimed especially at the markets of Spain and Latin America, which allows industry professionals to obtain all the information available in this area easily and quickly. Information updated daily to facilitate decision making of companies, institutions and users working in the attractive field of space. Always seen image in an agile and dynamic platform with updated and documented information, which adopts the successful design of Infodefensa.com to address a segmented audience, in a specific and qualified niche market. With two weekly newsletters that are sent to more than 1,000 registered subscribers, which include those responsible for space issues in the Administration, Embassies, Chambers of Commerce, ESA and other organizations and associations in the sector.

Space Data Association


The Space Data Association Limited (SDA) is a non-profit international association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment and the RF spectrum. It maintains the Space Data Center, a database of high-accuracy orbital information, which is operated by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) of Exton, PA. Established in the Isle of Man the SDA is open to all satellite operators and other participants. Its membership comprises many of the world’s major satellite communications companies Membership information can be found at www.space-data.org



BATTLESPACE Publications cover the whole spectrum of the battlespace, from sensor to shooter. Our news coverage and readership is truly international, contacting the main decision makers in the worldwide defence industry. We aim to provide our readers with the latest developments in the complex and ever changing world of C4ISTAR and the Global Battlespace. Our coverage is unique in its breadth of topics in the International C4ISTAR arena from airborne sensors and UAVs, fast jets and military transports, rotorcraft, airborne communications, radar and avionics, thru specialist naval systems and communications to land-based communications, EW, infantry equipment and armoured vehicles, trucks and unmanned robots.



GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia. Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. Subscribe to GeoConnexion magazines and sign up for free GeoConnexion Newsletters: visit GeoConnexion.com Tel: +44 1223 279151; Email: info@geoconnexion.com

Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG)


Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) is the global industry organisation, established to combat the increasing and costly problem of satellite radio frequency interference. It also as a group focuses on the future of satellite communication technology and the effects or issues of that technology relating to interference. IRG has a number of practical initiatives, all aimed at reducing satellite interference, including establishing Carrier ID, Training & Certification and Type Approvals. The group itself comprises working groups, chaired by key industry experts, charged with the task of establishing the practical initiatives and obtaining the support of the entire industry.

Microwave Journal


Microwave Journal provides leading-edge technical content for RF, microwave and wireless engineers worldwide. MWJ the magazine reaches 50,000 qualified subscribers with practical design application articles for working engineers. MWJournal.com delivers the latest news, events, webinars, whitepapers, videos and newsletters to RF/microwave professionals. EDI CON China and USA events bring industry and engineers together for information exchange and education. For over 60 years, Microwave Journal has been THE resource for engineers who are developing infrastructure for the next-generation of wireless and defense technologies. www.mwjournal.com

Everything RF


everything RF - www.everythingRF.com keeps you up to date with the RF & Microwave Industry. We publish industry news, white papers and technical articles. We have the largest RF & Microwave product database on the internet which consists of product catalogs from over 500 Manufacturers. Use parametric search tools to narrow down on products based on your requirement. Download datasheets, compare products and get quotations. Quotations are routed to the manufacturers (or their distributors) who get back to you with the details. Visit www.everythingRF.com to learn more.

Teletimes International


Teletimes International, a premier business publication focused towards the Telecom, Satellite and ICT sectors of the Middle East, Asia and Africa, proactively leverages knowledge and insights from executives and decision makers. In its 14th year of publication, Teletimes is media partner to almost all major events and conferences in these regions. Envisioning a scholarly publication, Teletimes actively participates in high profile industry events, seminars, conferences and exhibitions to provide the latest research, analyses and developments to its readers. Teletimes has achieved a qualitative edge by capitalizing on the age-old need for information. Visit www.teletimesinternational.com for Online Edition and more information.


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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.


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.


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.


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.

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