Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques for continued learning throughout your career. It aims to keep you up-to-date with advancements in your field so you can develop as a professional.

An active interest in CPD is common practice for all professionals. CPD is compulsory for professional members (holders of CStat status or equivalent MIS or FIS).

Keeping track of your CPD
We have a new online CPD recording system that is freely available to all members – just visit the MyRSS section and select CPD under the ‘other information’ section of MyRSS.

A Word document, 'CPD Activity Summary' can be downloaded and used to record your CPD. Please note you should complete this document when applying for and complying with revalidation of the CStat award.

GradStat and CStat members who used the previous external site to record their CPD can access past records as follows:

  1. Please visit
  2. Select ‘Forgotten your login details’
  3. Enter the email address that you registered with the RSS and you will be sent a link to reset your password
  4. Follow the instructions in that email to reset your password and access the site.

Instructions relating to how to use this site are listed here:

Please be aware that you will no longer be able to use this site beyond the end of 2020 and unfortunately we are not able to migrate data from one site to another. ​

What counts as CPD?

Activities cover:

  • Work based learning
  • Professional activity
  • Formal/educational
  • Self-directed learning.

The RSS provides opportunities to support those activities, including:

Our CPD policy
We encourage all our members to read the details of our CPD policy, outlined in Continuing Professional Development.

Guidance on the RSS CPD Policy and CPD recording gives advice on how to prepare 12-month CPD summaries. The report is based on CPD summaries submitted as part of the 2011 Chartered Scientist (CSci) revalidation process.