FAQs: Development (CPD) & Workshops

1/ What does CPD stand for and why do I need it?

CPD stands for Continued Personal Development and is the means by which members maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required when using their awards. Mountain Training believes that this process is vital for all members, whether working full time in the outdoors or using the awards in a voluntary capacity.

Promoting and developing a robust CPD culture raises the profile of the association and allows us to confidently promote our members to potential employees, organisations and the public. It's also a great asset for a professional CV and highlights your dedication to enhancing your skills and knowledge.

2/ When do I need to start earning CPD points? How many points do I need?

Members commit to gaining 2 CPD points within a 5 year period after they have completed their first Mountain Training qualification. Full MTA members should:
  • Complete 20 days of personal or group leading/supervision experience, ideally a mix of both.
  • Hold a current first aid certificate.
  • Gain 2 credit points from a variety of accredited CPD experiences.
  • Record your CPD online in the Candidate Management System.
If you have not yet passed an assessment and are currently a trainee member of the Mountain Training Association you will not accummulate CPD points as there is no mandatory requirement for you to do CPD. However, if you have done some CPD it is still of great value and can be recorded in your CPD tab (without points being assigned).

3/ How can I find out how many CPD points I already have?

You can check your CPD record by logging in to your CMS account and clicking on the CPD tab. If you've opted to use the new-look version of CMS then you just need to click on the tab called 'Awards & Training' and then click on the CPD records header. Log in to your account here.

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Don't panic - If you need support logging in to your CMS account or finding your way to your CPD record please don't hesitate to call 01690 720272 or email info@mountain-training.org.

4/ How do I update/add to my CPD record?

Attendance at official MTA workshops advertised through CMS are automatically recorded in the Training tab of your CMS account and your CPD points will be added on without you having to do anything. If this doesn’t happen within two weeks of attending the workshop, please get in touch with the workshop provider.

You can add all other externally recognised/accredited CPD to your CPD record yourself. Simply log into your CMS account, find the CPD tab and select the relevant course/s that you have attended from the drop-down menu.

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For detailed guidance on how to manually add CPD to your record click here.

5/ How do I find a CPD workshop?

We have a diverse programme of workshops, conferences and regional events planned throughout the year, providing opportunities to update, refresh and enhance your skills. The programme is varied and ranges from navigation, steep ground and leadership masterclasses, to climbing coaching, geology and environmental sessions.

Find out what's coming up on the programme and get a detailed insight into each of the workshops here. Filter by date, location and make sure you click on the purple MTA logo to search for workshops applicable to members of the association.

6/ Are there others ways to acquire CPD?

You also have the option to attend a workshop/course hosted by another organisation that MTA recognises and credits as CPD and you need to record these manually in your account.

These include courses run by organisations such as DofE, NICAS, NNAS, Girlguiding, Institute for Outdoor Learning as well as employers in-house training and Mountain Rescue training. The association also recognises some Mountaineering Council symposiums, coaching events and conferences as well as a selection of events run by charitable organisations focused on environmental conservation relevant to the Mountain Training awards.

If you're not sure if an external course has been accredited as CPD for MTA members, please check the CPD category list in CMS first. If you're still unsure, send us an email.

7/ How can I check if a course counts as CPD?

If you're not sure if an external course has been accredited as CPD for MTA members, please check the 'Approved CPD Courses and events' list that can be downloaded from the MTA Members Area. Alternatively, you can also browse the CPD category list in the CPD section of your CMS account. If you're still unsure, send us an email.

If you have a CPD entry that has no points attached to it, it is likely that it is not currently recognised as CPD by the association. If this is the case, please delete the entry.

8/ I have just done a training course for one of the Mountain Training qualifications. Does this course count towards my CPD?

Training courses for a second or third scheme count as CPD after the first assessment has been passed. For example, if you pass the Mountain Leader award and subsequently attend a Winter Mountain Leader training, this counts as CPD as you can record it manually in your CPD record.

9/ An MTA workshop that I have attended is not visible in my CPD record of my CMS account and my CPD points haven't been added to my record. What do I need to do?

Workshops scheduled specifically by MTA will be automaticlly updated in your CMS account, so please be patient. The provider running the workshop will update and submit the workshop in due course. Please allow some time for this.

If you have been waiting more than two weeks for your MTA workshop to appear in your CMS record please contact the workshop provider using the contact details contained in the workshop in your CMS account.

10/ Some of the workshops I have attended have a tick next to them. What does this mean?

If you've attended a MTA CPD workshop that has been advertised and run as part of the MTA workshop programme, when it appears in your CPD record, it will have a 'verified tick' next to it. Those that are added manually yourself won’t appear in your record with a verified tick because these sessions/events are provided by an external organisation that MTA don’t have any quality assurance over. While we recognise these particular courses as CPD we don’t verify them. The bottom line is it still counts CPD.

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