What is CPD?

Qualifications are for life but they can go out of date if you don't keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date. In a dynamic environment like this, you can't afford to be complacent. One of the main benefits of association membership is being part of the continued personal development (CPD) programme.

Continued personal development (CPD) is the means by which members maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required when using their awards. The Mountain Training Association encourages good practice and supports members in being professional in their approach and believes that the CPD process is vital for all members, whether working full time in the outdoors or using the awards in a voluntary capacity. Full members commit to gaining two CPD points, which roughly equates to two days, in a five year period.
The Mountain Training Association has a diverse programme of workshops, conferences and regional events planned throughout the year, providing opportunities to update, refresh and enhance your skills. This programme of workshops support the associations' CPD policy for full members (i.e. members that hold a Mountain Training qualification) and provides development opportunities for all members.

CPD policy

The detailed Mountain Training Association CPD policy is available in full for members in the MEMBERS AREA.
Leadership


Workshops

The workshop programme is varied but considered. Presently, the programme includes:
  • Geology
  • Weather
  • Conservation of the environment
  • Navigation for the walking awards
  • Ropework and steep ground refresher
  • Plants of the mountain environment
  • Climbing award specific workshops
  • Fundamentals for climbing
  • GPS
  • Social media marketing
  • Leadership
  • Coasteering and Sea Level Traversing
  • Personal Scrambling
 
“[The Winter CPD event] was a superb weekend. The Mountain Training Association and the Glenmore Lodge team gave me a wonderful welcome and a great experience. I certainly gained new techniques, skills and made new friends.”- Sian Sykes
 

View the workshop programme


Externally recognised CPD

In addition to the workshop programme there are a whole host of other continued personal development opportunities recognised by the Mountain Training Association for its members. These include courses run by organisations such as DofE, Scouts, NICAS, Girlguiding, Institute of 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 awards.
Members have the facility to record all externally recognised CPD opportunities in their online Mountain Training account, which can be made public, for members allowing them to demonstrate that not only do they hold qualifications, but they are actively committed to keeping their skills up to date.

Recording CPD is easy. Simply log into your Mountain Training account, find the CPD tab, click add CPD and then select from a comprehensive list of recognised CPD opportunities.
Become a workshop provider

MTA has a robust quality assurance process for its workshop provision.

If you are interested in hosting regular fee-paying workshops for MTA please contact belinda@mountain-training.org for more information.





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