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Your CPD requirements

Our members are required to complete a number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours every three years to ensure they are always equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Structured hours Unstructured hours Total hours required Minimum yearly commitment
Affiliate members 30 20 50 10
Fellow and Associate members 45 30 75 15

Relevant courses and events from other professional bodies can also apply.
We offer a wide range of structured and unstructured activities from courses to networking events, making it easy for you to meet your CPD requirements.

Please note: subscribers are not required to maintain CPD.

Structured activities include:
Attending courses, seminars, conferences, workshops, masterclasses and webinars.
Presenting materials at courses, seminars, conferences, workshops, masterclasses, committee meetings and discussion groups.
Completing online training.
Writing articles about governance and risk management in journals, newspapers, websites and newsletters
Unstructured activities include:
Participating online in discussion groups, committees and networking events.
Reading and studying journals, podcasts, CDs, DVDs and audio tapes.

CPD Point examples per event/course

Our events and courses have different CPD points calculated on the timeframe or length of the event/course.

1 hour of learning = 1 hour CPD point.

  • Completing a short course represents 5 CPD hours including preparation time allocation.
  • Completing a Certificate you will receive 30 CPD points.
  • Attending an event – eg:  Governance and Risk Management Forum (2 x days) – equates to 12.5 CPD points.
  • Attending a briefing can attract 2-3.5 CPD points depending on the length of the event.
  • Attending a workshop can attract 3.5 CPD points.
  • Attending a networking event where no learning is included will attribute to 0 CPD Points.

All CPD points are applied to each of our events and courses and are communicated on our registration webpages.

Keeping record of your CPD

All members are responsible for maintaining a record of their CPD activities.

If you’re audited by Governance Institute, you will be required to submit your CPD activity and supporting documentation of attendance/completion.

Please retain a copy of your CPD information prior to submitting your activity.

Your commencement date for CPD is the year you become a member. You may include all CPD accrued in that year, even if it was completed prior to joining Governance Institute.

Download a template here

If you have any questions regarding CPD, please contact Governance Institute on 1800 251 849 or email