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The SMi Group are delighted to announce the Counter UAS Technology 2021 Conference taking place at the Hilton Arlington on the 6th and 7th of December 2021.

With the establishment of the US DoD Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office, (JCO) there is now a drive across the US Armed Forces to have a comprehensive and centralised approach to tackling the ever evolving drone threat facing the nation.

Counter UAS Technology 2021 will showcase the very latest technology in the market to ensure that DoD personnel, equipment and infrastructure are protected from the proliferation of drones.

speakers will feature from leading US DoD agencies, international defence organizations and leading industry providers.

  • Hear from US DoD Senior Leadership and Program Managers on how they are utilizing technology to combat UAS 
  • Meet and Network with international speakers from NATO and aligned nations to discover how they are defending their defence networks from drone attacks
  • Listen to how innovative technology is driving advancement and enabling defence to counter drone swarms and attacks

 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, United States Army

8:30 JCO Keynote Welcoming Address: Developing and Implementing a Force-Wide Framework for Counter-Small UAS Technology

• Making sure that all the US DoD stakeholders are part of developing the C-UAS strategy
• Delivering C-UAS Strategies and solutions across all operating environments
• Maximizing counter small-UAS capabilities domestically and overseas
• Working with industry to ensure the latest technology and systems are being considered
 

Ms. Nicole Thomas

Ms. Nicole Thomas, Division Chief For Strategy And Policy, Joint C-sUAS Office, US DoD

9:00 Expanding the Air & Missile Defense Capabilities of the US Army Against Unmanned Threats

Ms Sarah J. Parker

Ms Sarah J. Parker, Air and Missile Defense Capability Area Lead, US Army DEVCOM Aviation and Missile Center
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• Developing the US Army’s Fixed Site-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Integrated Defeat System (FS-LIDS) – Opportunities and Challenges
• An outline of the CCDC’s C-UAS portfolio and key efforts to support the Army’s Air and Missile Defense Modernisation
• Working with the JCO and other service branches to maximise the potential for the US Military’s C-UAS program
• A word on the new C-UAS Strategy and the Aviation & Missile Center’s role in future development

9:30 Gold Sponsor Presentation-Echodyne Corp

10:00 Defeating Enemy UAS Systems Through Enhanced Sensors

Colonel Loyd Beal

Colonel Loyd Beal, Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, United States Army

• How PEO IEW&S are focusing on C-UAS
• Delivering sensors to the US Army: detecting air threats through advanced technology
• Engaging and defeating UAS: PM TS updates and new initiatives
• Working with industry to ensure success
 

10:30 Gold Sponsor Presentation-Fortem Technologies

11:00 Morning Coffee

11:30 Gold Sponsor Presentation-Robin Radar

12:00 Developing Rotary Counter UAS Systems Across the PEO Aviation Portfolio

Colonel Scott Anderson

Colonel Scott Anderson, Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PEO Aviation, US Army

• Evaluating the current UAS threat level posed to the US Army Aviation Fleet
• Helicopter protection systems needed to combat UAVS
• Integrating new counter UAS technologies into existing system architectures
 

12:30 Developing Innovative Non-Kinetic C-UAS Capabilities for the US Air Force - The Ninja System

Lieutenant Colonel Eric Like

Lieutenant Colonel Eric Like, Branch Chief, Cyber Integration & Transition Branch, Information Directorate, US Air Force Research Laboratory

• The Ninja System – Operational capabilities
• Advantages to ‘Soft Kill’, communication disruptive technology over ‘Hard Kill’ options
• Ensuring there is little to no collateral damage to surrounding communications
• Designing and testing an original C-UAS system for targeting multiple hostile systems
• Challenges for C-UAS systems and how the Ninja system overcomes them

13:00 Counter-Drone Solutions and Concepts for Control and Continuity in Sensitive Scenarios

Mr Zohar Halachmi

Mr Zohar Halachmi, Chairman & CEO , D-Fend Solutions Ltd.

This session will present concepts and solutions for different approaches to contend with the emerging threat of rogue drones in sensitive and challenging environments.
While traditional c-UAS technologies, based on radar, jamming, and/or kinetic mitigation certainly have had an impressive record of success and will continue to play a role in multi-layered defense strategies, these methods also have drawbacks, which render them less suitable for sensitive and challenging environments, due to the high risks of collateral damage, and interference and disturbance to communications, commerce, transportation, and the continuity of everyday life.
This session will present ideas to address emerging drone threats while also overcoming the problems associated with traditional C-UAS technologies. Emerging drone challenges require different counter-drone solutions, with innovative approaches based on key counter-drone concepts:
• Control: Controlling the drone threat and ensuring continuity
• Safety: A safety centric approach for safe airspace and continuity
• Focus: Focus on the real risk, the most dangerous drones.
• Future: Foreseeing the constantly changing and increasingly complex drone threat
The session will cover approaches to safely neutralize the most dangerous drone threats of today and tomorrow and enabling the safest possible outcome of a rogue drone incident, in any environment or scenario, ultimately ensuring the seamless continuity of everyday life.
 

13:30 Networking Lunch

14:30 NAWCAD Briefing: The US Navy’s C-UAS Strategy and Roadmap

• Evaluating Current UAS Threats to US Navy Assets and People
• Current C-UAS projects at NAWCAD
• Working with industry to find the best operational solution
• Training requirements to ensure C-UAS systems are effectively rolled out across the Navy
 

Mr Jonathan Wilt

Mr Jonathan Wilt, Director, Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, NAWCAD WOLF, US Navy

Mr Dave Hager

Mr Dave Hager, Principal Engineer for NAWCAD Webster Outlying Field WOLF, US Navy

15:00 Sponsor Presentation-Weibel Systems

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Overcoming Short Range Air Defence Threats With C-UAS Systems and Technology

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch, Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

• How the German Ministry of Defense are prioritizing C-UAS technology to increase national Air Defense
• Evaluating the current threat level that UAVS pose to national security and defense systems and platforms
• Working with industry to define the art of the possible
• Next steps in setting requirements and procurement roadmaps
 

16:30 UK C-UAS Capability Development

  • A review of the generic factors that are driving UK C-UAS Capability development
  • An outline of the UK MOD C-UAS Capability management structure
  • A short brief on some of the more important aspects of the UK MOD/Dstl R&D, demonstration and testing programme
     
  • Wing Commander Robert J Wilson

    Wing Commander Robert J Wilson , MA RAF, SO1 FD FP, Air Capability, HQ Air Command, Air & Space Warfare Centre

    Roy Bookham

    Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Dstl

    David Lugton

    David Lugton, Principal Engineer, Dstl

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, United States Army

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, United States Army

    9:00 Shaping the Investment to Enable Critical C-UAS Technologies to Defend the US Warfighter – The Platforms and Weapons Technology Office

    Dr Michael Zatman

    Dr Michael Zatman, Principal Director, Fully Network Command, Control and Communications, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
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    • The current and planned C-UAS projects of the Platforms and Weapons Technology Office of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering
    • Kinetic versus Directed Energy methods of disabling UAS threats
    • Tracking and disabling methods for UAS swarming capabilities
    • Collaborating with the wider science and technology community and the US defence industry to assist with developing innovative C-UAS platforms

    9:30 Monitoring the US Airspace and Securing Borders Against the Illicit use of UAS

    Mr Timothy Bennett

    Mr Timothy Bennett, Director, Air Domain Awareness, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

    • How US Federal partners are cooperating to combat the threat from UAS
    • The rising challenge to deter illegal uses of UAS – From the movement of narcotics to defense against potential terrorists
    • Protecting Critical National Infrastructure and transportation hubs against hostile UAS
    • Working with US DoD to protect the US skies and develop new C-UAS solutions

    10:00 Session Reserved For Gold Sponsor- ESG ELEKTRONIKSYSTEM- UND LOGISTIK-GMBH

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Optimising a Single Mobile Platform for Missile, Drone and Aircraft Defence – The GBAD

    Mr Don Kelley

    Mr Don Kelley, Project Manager, Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), PEO Land Systems, USMC

    • C-UAS capabilities of the USMC’s Ground Based Air Defence System
    • Mobility as a priority – Ensuring the GBAD system can conduct the required tracking and identifying whilst being maneuverable
    • Modularity to ensure cost effectiveness – Combining air defence systems into one platform
    • Challenges to the future development of the GBAD system
     

    12:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor - TCI International, Inc./ECS

    12:30 Protecting Mobile Forces Against UAS: Future Ground Based Air Defence

    Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl

    Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl, Desk Officer Ground Based Air Defence And All Arms Air Defence, German Air Force Command, Luftwaffe HQ

    • Developing a new SHORAD C-UAS solution for the German Armed Forces
    • Embedding mobile sensors into the GBAD network to detect and defeat UAS threats
    • Protecting field sites with C-UAS systems
    • Battlefield solutions for drone attacks
     

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Countering Future Unmanned Aerial Systems within Canada’s S&T Program

    • Status of the C-UAS research at DRDC
    • Opportunities and challenges with Sandbox innovative collaboration experimentation for C-UAS with IDEaS
    • The road ahead for C-UAS research and development at the Department of National Defence (DND)

    Mr Eric Fournier

    Mr Eric Fournier, Director General Innovation, DRDC - Defence Research and Development, Department of National Defence

    Mr David Hazen

    Mr David Hazen, Director S&T Combat in Virtual and Physical Environment (DSTCVPE), Department of National Defence

    14:30 Adapting Belgian Air Defence Capabilities to Fend Off Hostile UAS

    • An overview of the Belgian Defence Counter UAS Program
    • Working with defense industry and research to find appropriate technologies and solutions
    • Challenges to future Belgian C-UAS adaptation and integration
    • Future RFI and capability requirements and timelines
     

    Captain Rens Govaers

    Captain Rens Govaers, Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles – C-UAS Project Team , General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces

    15:00 NATO Counter UAS Updates And Strategies For Cohesive Standardization

    Dr. Claudio Palestini

    Dr. Claudio Palestini, Project Manager, NATO Counter UAS Working Group, Counter Terrorism Section, Emerging Security Divisions, NATO HQ

    • How NATO ds supporting member state C-UAS experimentation and standards
    • Feedback from live experimentation and industry testing
    • Planning for future threats
     

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 The NORDEFCO Counter UAS Capability Project and Denmark’s GBAD Program

    • The objectives of the NORDEFCO Capabilities Cooperation
    • An assessment of the C-UAS project with current findings
    • Integrating C-UAS into the Danish Brigade GBAD System
    • Opportunities and challenges for future Danish C-UAS integration

    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl

    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl, Branch Chief UAS / C-UAS, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization

    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj, Deputy Chief UAS / C-UAS Branch, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization

    16:30 Virginia State Police C-UAS Update: Identifying and Engaging with UAS Threats Across the State

    Mr DJ Smith

    Mr DJ Smith, Technical Surveillance Agent, High Tech Crimes Division/Bureau Of Criminal Investigations, Virginia State Police

    • How the Virginia State Police are managing the rise of UAV activity
    • Defending key state assets and infrastructure
    • Current technologies deployed to identify UAVS being used for disruptive and criminal activity
     

    17:00 Gray Zone Drone in the Roaring Twenties

    Mr Larry Friese Jr

    Mr Larry Friese Jr, Counter-UAS Red Team Specialist, AISC and Former US DoD Engineer, United States Army

    • An exploration of small UAS use in between war and peace in the 2020s
    • Gray zone characteristics and the role of sUAS in the gray actor’s toolbox
    • Extrapolation of today’s gray zone tactics, sUAS tactics and technology into future scenarios covering several shades of the gray zone
     

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, United States Army

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    Colonel Loyd Beal

    Colonel Loyd Beal

    Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, United States Army
    Colonel Scott Anderson

    Colonel Scott Anderson

    Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PEO Aviation, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Like

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Like

    Branch Chief, Cyber Integration & Transition Branch, Information Directorate, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Mr Don Kelley

    Mr Don Kelley

    Project Manager, Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), PEO Land Systems, USMC
    Mr Jonathan Wilt

    Mr Jonathan Wilt

    Director, Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, NAWCAD WOLF, US Navy
    Mr Timothy Bennett

    Mr Timothy Bennett

    Director, Air Domain Awareness, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Division Chief For Strategy And Policy, Joint C-sUAS Office, US DoD
    Wing Commander Robert J Wilson

    Wing Commander Robert J Wilson

    MA RAF, SO1 FD FP, Air Capability, HQ Air Command, Air & Space Warfare Centre

    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

    Deputy Chief UAS / C-UAS Branch, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

    Captain Rens Govaers

    Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles – C-UAS Project Team , General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces
    Captain Rens Govaers

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, United States Army
    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Colonel Loyd Beal

    Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, United States Army
    Colonel Loyd Beal

    Colonel Scott Anderson

    Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PEO Aviation, US Army
    Colonel Scott Anderson

    David Lugton

    Principal Engineer, Dstl
    David Lugton

    Dr Michael Zatman

    Principal Director, Fully Network Command, Control and Communications, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
    Dr Michael Zatman

    Dr. Michael Zatman has served as the Principal Director for Fully Networked Command, Control and Communications in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering sinceJanuary 2019. In that capacity Michael is responsible for leading the Nation's vision and strategy for networking, command, control and communications to support and enhance the Department’s warfighting capability.
    During his career Michael has provided both organizational and technical leadership to the creation, development and fielding of new technologies, the solving of complicated technical problems and the optimization of multi-faceted system and platform concepts. He is a nationally recognized expert in communications, radar, sensor and electronic warfare systems with an extensive knowledge and
    understanding of ground, sea, air and space based communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.
    Prior to joining the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Michael was a fellow at SAZE Technologies from 2012 to 2018. From 2007 to 2012 Michael was Technical Director of QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group, where he was responsible for technical innovation and competency across a wide range of C4ISR, maritime and transportation projects. Additionally, he was the principal investigator for several new Navy, DARPA, IARPA and Air Force programs. Michael came to QinetiQ North America from DARPA where he spent four years as a Program Manager running programs and studies involving space, airborne and ground-based platforms, radar, communications, signal/electronic/communications intercept, optical sensors, multi-functional structures and quantum theory. Earlier in his career Michael worked at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he led multiorganizational & multi-disciplinary teams to design future surface radar, airborne radar and communications systems, developed signal processing algorithms and performed system engineering analysis for Air Force, Navy and MDA radar and communications systems.
    Michael has authored many technical publications, book chapters and patents. Michael received his PhD and BEng (Hons – 1st Class) degrees from the University of Leeds and was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2007.

    Dr. Claudio Palestini

    Project Manager, NATO Counter UAS Working Group, Counter Terrorism Section, Emerging Security Divisions, NATO HQ
    Dr. Claudio Palestini

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Like

    Branch Chief, Cyber Integration & Transition Branch, Information Directorate, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Like

    Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl

    Desk Officer Ground Based Air Defence And All Arms Air Defence, German Air Force Command, Luftwaffe HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl

    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

    Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl

    Branch Chief UAS / C-UAS, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl

    Mr Dave Hager

    Principal Engineer for NAWCAD Webster Outlying Field WOLF, US Navy
    Mr Dave Hager

    Mr David Hazen

    Director S&T Combat in Virtual and Physical Environment (DSTCVPE), Department of National Defence
    Mr David Hazen

    Mr DJ Smith

    Technical Surveillance Agent, High Tech Crimes Division/Bureau Of Criminal Investigations, Virginia State Police
    Mr DJ Smith

    Mr Don Kelley

    Project Manager, Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), PEO Land Systems, USMC
    Mr Don Kelley

    Mr Eric Fournier

    Director General Innovation, DRDC - Defence Research and Development, Department of National Defence
    Mr Eric Fournier

    Mr Jonathan Wilt

    Director, Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, NAWCAD WOLF, US Navy
    Mr Jonathan Wilt

    Mr Larry Friese Jr

    Counter-UAS Red Team Specialist, AISC and Former US DoD Engineer, United States Army
    Mr Larry Friese Jr

    Mr Richard Ast

    Deputy Director, Unmanned Systems Technology, Platforms and Weapons Technology Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
    Mr Richard Ast

    Mr Timothy Bennett

    Director, Air Domain Awareness, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
    Mr Timothy Bennett

    Mr Zohar Halachmi

    Chairman & CEO , D-Fend Solutions Ltd.
    Mr Zohar Halachmi

    Ms Sarah J. Parker

    Air and Missile Defense Capability Area Lead, US Army DEVCOM Aviation and Missile Center
    Ms Sarah J. Parker

    Sarah Parker serves as the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Capability Area Lead (CAL) for the Technology Development Directorate (TDD) of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC). The AMD Capability Area Lead serves as the primary representative for AMD Science and Technology (S&T) activities for all of DEVCOM and the primary representative for AvMC to the AMD Cross Functional Team, PEO Missiles and Space and various Program Offices.
    Ms. Parker has served numerous assignments that provided oversight, guidance and direction for a variety of technology development initiatives for the U.S. Army. Her expertise is in infrared sensor and seeker development and system integration. She recently led a radar seeker development and system integration as chief engineer for a seeker-based missile program. She has also led several initiatives within the AvMC to investigate swarming missile and counter swarm UAS technologies.
    As the DEVCOM AvMC AMD CAL, Ms. Parker sets the strategic direction for AvMC AMD S&T, leads the DEVCOM C-UAS Community of Practice, and oversees the AMD portfolio of missile interceptor, air defense radar and fire control technology developments in support of AMD modernization priorities.
    She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and her Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Ms. Parker has accomplished Level III certification in Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE) and is an Army Acquisition Corp member. She resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, Tony and three children, Andrew, Olivia and Levi.
     

    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Division Chief For Strategy And Policy, Joint C-sUAS Office, US DoD
    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Roy Bookham

    Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Dstl
    Roy Bookham

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    PEO Land Systems , United States Marine Corps
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    Wing Commander Robert J Wilson

    MA RAF, SO1 FD FP, Air Capability, HQ Air Command, Air & Space Warfare Centre
    Wing Commander Robert J Wilson

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    ‘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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