CPD Policy

Continuing Professional Development Policy

The Institute of Crisis and Risk Management, in compliance with its Rules, requires all Certified Risk Planner (CRP) / Certified Risk Trainer (CRT) / Certified Crisis Consultant (CCC) to maintain competence through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) management programmes. The minimum requirement is 20 hours annually, or 60 hours over three years. At least 50% of the CPD must relate directly to the application, implementation and evaluation of risk,and crisis management, and/or crisis leadership and change management

Fields of Study:
CPD must be in one of the following fields of study...
  • Risk Management
    This field includes all subjects relating directly to the identification, assessment, analysis, methodology, and auditing of risk issues, including but not limited to financial management, information technology, commercial and business fraud prevention management or corporate governance
  • Crisis Management
    This field includes crisis management plan, audit, communication plan, change management, crisis leadership and research topics, the body of knowledge dealing with recent SARs, bird flu, or other critical disasters, and any other related subject generally classified within the crisis management discipline.
  • Specialized Management Knowledge and Applications:
    This field includes all executive management and managerial training; personal development; management advisory services relating to risk and/or crisis consulting services; industry-specific training (e.g., insurance, banking, computer sciences, and finance); and other specialized applications. When in doubt, the credit should be claimed. Should the CPD be disallowed, you will be given an opportunity to make up the difference.

CPD Type Codes:
  • Participant Credit (No Limit):
    A formalized class is one that meets in a formal setting, and includes

    1.an instructor;
    2.a written course outline;
    3.attendance that is required and recorded; and
    4.a certificate of completion is issued to the attendee.

    One hour of credit is equal to at least 45 minutes of classroom time. Non-degree seeking post-graduate college courses may be claimed and computed at the rate of 15 hours CPD for each semester completed. A copy of transcript must be provided with the CPD Reporting Form. In-house training is acceptable, provided that it is offered in a formalized setting and meets the above criteria. Informal, on-the-job training may not be claimed. Correspondence and self-study courses are acceptable for recommended CPD credit provided they (1) require a final examination and (2) issue certificates of completion.
  • Facilitator Credit (10 CPD Hours/Year):
    A maximum of 10 CPD hours per year is allowed in this category. Classroom facilitator may claim credit equal to half the number of hours spent in preparation for the first class. Subsequent credit for preparation of the same class is not allowed. Full teaching credit may be claimed in every instance the subject is taught.
  • Author Credit (10 CPD Hours/Year):
    A maximum of 10 CPD hours per year is allowed in this category that relates to time spent preparing articles and books. A detailed description of the book or article should be attached to the reporting form.
  • Seminar Credit (10 CPD Hours/Year):
    Credit for attending certain meetings / seminars may be claimed for a maximum of 10 hours per year. Seminars / Meetings must either (1) have a formal speaker or (2) relate directly to the competence of the Certified Risk Planner / Certified Risk Trainer / Certified Crisis Consultant. Meetings must be at least 30 minutes in length for each hour claimed. Time for lunches, breaks, social gatherings, planning sessions, business meetings, and similar activities must be excluded. Full credit may be claimed for attendance of IC-RM programmes, and Council Meetings.

CPD Record
Members are required to maintain their own appropriate records of all CPD activities completed and sufficient supporting evidence for the Institute to audit for at least three years. 

Filing Dates:
CPD reporting responsibilities begin no earlier than 12 months from the first anniversary date of certification and no later than 36 months from the first anniversary date, at the option of the professional designation. No CPD is required during the first year of certification (e.g., a CRP / CRT /CCC certified on 01/01/00 does not have to accumulate CPD until 01/01/01). All certified members may report CPD as early as 01/01/02 (12 months from the first anniversary date) or as late as 01/01/04 (36 months from the first anniversary date).

Note that the reporting requirement corresponds to the date of certification, not the calendar year. There is a 60-day grace period for reporting purposes. Any certified members not reporting CPD within this period may be dropped from the list of Certified Risk Planners / Certified Risk Trainers / Certified Crisis Consultant and may no longer use the professional certified designation.

Objectives of Education and Development:
Education is the greatest means for any individual to enhance their level of knowledge. It also allows professionals the opportunity to expand and develop awareness in other fields of study indirectly related to their specialized realm. Continuing Professional Development is required of all certified members to maintain their proficiency and core competencies.