Advances and Progress in Drug Design - Feb 2012

"Great conference, excellent speakers, good platform to meet colleagues in my field of research....Very interesting and timely presentations which covered the latest trends in my area of research"

Luca Settim, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Oil & Gas Communications – March 2012

“Happy to chair any future event, if you’ll have me!”

Bill Hermes, Data Comms

Unmanned Aircraft Systems - 2012


Major General R Kenneth Israel, Lockheed Martin

Contactless Cards and Payments - June 2012

“I found the Contactless Cards and Payments conference to be an invaluable experience. The conference put in context and gave me a broader perspective on the many challenges the players are facing in Contactless Payments business. It was very nice to be able to discuss with different people from different sectors and share the ideas.”

Ilgaz Kaya, Garanti Bank Turkey

“I recently attended the SMi Contactless Card and Payments Conference and was suitably impressed with both the content and the organisation of the event. The conference programme was well thought out and provided a fantastic platform for me to share and debate my views and ideas with a select group of industry professionals. Especially breaks between sessions were great opportunities for networking. I will definitely be staying in touch with a number of the delegates and look forward to be invited back to speak at an SMi event again in the near future!”

Burak Ilgicioglu, Yapi Kredi Bank

Mobile Deployable Communications - Feb 2011

“Well done, excellent organisation!”

Raymond Adams, NSSL Global

“This is the only Conference I have attended, and found it highly worthwhile.”

Colonel Sergeant Scott, Royal Marines

“An outstanding conference, thoroughly enjoyed the event and would be happy to return.”

Warrant Officer Austin, Royal Marines

Cyber Security Asia Pacific – Nov 2011

“Excellent gathering of experts and subject leaders”

Major Jolly, Indian Army

Grid-Scale Energy Storage- Matching electricity supply with demand

Just a few words of thanks to you for inviting me to the SMi Grid-Scale Energy Storage conference this week....... I was impressed by the quality and breadth of the speakers (and attendees) I witnessed.....Overall a very well put-together event. I look forward to a follow-up event on this topic in future.

Nigel Hargraves, Brunel University

CEE Card Markets - March 2012

I attended the CEE Card Markets conference and workshop …..he agenda touched all the relevant topics of the payment industry and gave us the chance to share, discuss and to build our professional network. It was a good idea to give a 360° picture about the market, with merchants, banks, service providers, consultants and central banks. The facility was really nice and the event was professionally organized.

Andras Bakonyi, BNP Paribas


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.

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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