Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Each three years, IQ International reviews your Continuing Professional Development:

  • Triennial review:
    • At the triennial review you must have accrued 60 PDPs (Professional Development Points — previously known as Recertification Credits) since the last triennial review.
    • Cost of the review is included in your annual fees.
  • Annual fees:
    • Standard annual fee: US$150 (US$450 for three years)
    • IQ International members discount annual fee [1]: US$50 (US$150 for three years)

[1] If your membership of IQ International lapses, and you have paid the annual IQCP fee with member discount, your certification will also lapse.

Recording your CPD

Record your CPD in the CPD Log (uses Microsoft Excel). Begin as soon as you have earned your IQCP credential.

Submit your CPD Log to IQ International when requested at the triennial review date.

Keep evidence such as extracts from conference brochures, college and university course prospectuses, etc. until 3 years after the triennial review date, in case your CPD Log is selected for audit.

CPD Points Matrix

Division Section Category
(Activities Must be IQ-Related*)
Credits & Calculations
(Min 60 PDPs^ every 3 years)
Max PDPs^
Professional Development
(1) Attending Conferences 2 PDPs per day for conferences listed on the IQ International events calendar
1 PDP per day for Other Conferences
(2) Completing Professional Training Courses, Workshops, Seminars
(In person, online, or through media such as DVDs)
0.50 PDPs per Instruction hour
(3) Completing College / University Education Courses
(In person or online)
3 PDPs per Semester Unit
2.25 PDPs per Quarter Unit
(4) Maintaining Professional  / Academic Memberships
(Cannot be Social or Cultural)
0.50 PDP per month for IQ International membership
0.25 PDP per month for membership of other Academic/Professional Bodies
(5) Attending Professional / Academic Membership Meetings
(Cannot be Social or Cultural)
1 PDP per IQ International meeting at a conference
0.10 PDPs per IQ International local meeting
0.50 PDPs per Other bodies‡ annual meeting
0.05 PDPs per Other bodies‡ monthly meetings
Growing & Strengthening Our Community
Publishing & Instructing
(6) Publishing Books
(Author / Co-Author / Editor)
15 PDPs for Authoring
10 PDPs for Co-Authoring
5 PDPs for Editing
(7) Publishing / Presenting Conference Papers
(Author or Presenter / Co-Author or Co-Presenter)
4 PDPs for Presenting
2.50 PDPs for Co-Presenting
(8) Publishing Articles, White Papers, Reports & Blogs
(Author / Co-Author / Editor)
Journal or newsletter articles 800–2500 words:
1 PDP Authoring
0.50 PDP Co-authoring
White Papers between 2,500–5,000 words with references:
3 PDPs Authoring
1 PDP Co-authoring is
0.25 PDP Editing
Reports more than 5,000 words with references:
5 PDPs Authoring
3 PDPs Co-authoring
1 PDP Editing
0.25 PDP per month for Authoring a blog with at least two 500-word postings per month
(9) Teaching / Presenting Professional Development Training Courses, Workshops, Seminars / Conference Tutorials 1.50 PDPs for Teaching per hour of Instruction Time
1 PDP for Co-Teaching per hour of Instruction Time
Serving & Mentoring
(10) Serving in Member Associations
(Elected and Volunteer Positions)
1 PDP / month for IQ International
0.50 PDP / month for Other Associations
(11) Mentoring Other Practitioners 0.10 PDPs / hour
(12) Maintaining Employment 0.50 PDPs / month w/<=100 hours IQ work
1 PDP / month w/>100 hours IQ work

* “IQ-related” means relating to and consistent with any of the six Domains and the associated Tasks, Knowledge and Skills of the IQCP framework. Please refer to the Job Analysis Report for a full list of Domain topics and their descriptions.

^ Max PDP = Maximum Professional Development Points per section

‡ Refers to membership of a professional association or a learned society as described below:

  • A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organization, or professional society) is usually a nonprofit organization seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession and the public interest.
  • A learned society (also known as a learned academy, scholarly society or academic association) is an organization that exists to promote an academic discipline or profession, or a group of related disciplines or professions.