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Telecoms for Smart Grids - 2011

“Dealing with the complexity of the Smart Grid and the AMI requires a comprehensive strategy and an ecosystem of multiple companies. The Telcos will play an increasingly important role. Symantec is really excited about this upcoming forum where Utilities and Telcos are being brought together by SMi. This is the ideal platform for Symantec to share our security experience and support the Utilities and their partners in the safe transition to Smart Grid. It was advantageous attending the conference due to the content, presentations, and speaking with some of the energy providers. SMi has been very helpful, great organization and good relationship with Jamison Nesbitt”

Frank Bunn, Senior Manager for Industry Solutions, Symantec EMEA


Cyber Grids - 2011

“Thanks for your hospitality, generous assistance, and steadfast promotion of Lockheed throughout the event. I made some very helpful contacts, and I hope it serves as a springboard for opportunities for us in Europe. You had a full house of 166, and they were the right kinds of people to influence as we enter a new market space"

Commenting on the recent European Smart Grid Cyber Security Forum, Lockheed Martin


European Demand Response & Dynamic Pricing – 2012

“One of the best conferences I’ve attended recently on Smart Grids. Engaging speaks who focused on applied impacts and actions rather than just their theoretical benefits”

Lauren Stuchfield, National Grid


Pharmaceutical Microbiology - 2011

“We attend numerous conferences during the year but we have found that the conferences run by SMi group to be very well put together with excellent speakers and agenda to match. SMi are very professional, knowledgeable and during the conference very attentive. It is no surprise therefore that the conferences are well attended and we would give great consideration to any relevant conferences run by SMi group”

Peter Knott, General Manager, PMT (GB) LTD



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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