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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is so important for professional development, so we have made our CPD forms available to everyone.

The Nautical Institute’s online CPD programme consists of 4 stages: research, plan, record and reflect. These stages will help you develop your learning and knowledge, skills and competence beyond your initial qualification. You can find the forms and information to begin your CPD programme for free below.

The Nautical Institute’s forms can be used for free by all. However, only Institute members are able to submit their forms to us to be validated, receive expert feedback and receive a CPD certificate.

If you aren’t a Nautical Institute member, membership of a professional body is an obvious sign of your commitment to being professional, particularly where professional body membership is not a regulatory requirement. Find out more about how to join here.

Your CPD certificate from The Nautical Institute will help you demonstrate your commitment to learning and your own professional development at:

• Job interviews
• Employer promotion panels
• Performance appraisals
• Evidence of learning for higher educational courses
• Professional body membership upgrades.

The Nautical Institute provides CPD activity through a variety of services including:

· Branch meetings and seminars
· Publications
· Self Study Schemes
· Forums and Alert!
· Useful CPD links

Members receive additional services, find out more on member benefits here. 


Researching will enable you to get the information you need to make the right decisions and set your CPD goals. By using the right sources of information you will find what you need to create a personal development plan. Our 'Useful CPD Links' tab is a good source to begin with.


With your research you can now create a Personal Development Plan. This plan will help you create your targets and goals. These goals may be short, medium or long term depending on the activities you carry out to achieve them.

  Personal Development Plan 2017

Click here to view July 2016 Seaways article on planning. 


This is where you can record how you have acted on your plan. Recording your CPD activity allows you to track your progress and keep you focused on achieving your targets. The Nautical Institute champions your commitment and the value of CPD activity. The time actually spent doing any activity is something that you can decide for yourself.

Download the Personal Development Record and use the example template (coming soon) to help you complete your own CPD record.

  Personal Development Record 2017

Click here to view August 2016 Seaways article on recording and reflecting. 


Most mariners would agree that much of the learning that takes place onboard occurs during debriefs when the officers and crew are able to recall their experiences, reflect on what went well and what could be improved upon. The Reflect element of the CPD cycle is similar - it allows you to formally 'debrief' on your CPD activity and what you have learnt.

In your reflective statement, you should:
• Explain how the CPD activity helped you achieve your goals
• Examine your performance and contribution in your CPD activity
• Update your Personal Development Plan.

The Personal Reflective Statement may be downloaded and completed for each CPD activity that you have completed or are completing. Each reflection will link to a goal defined in your Personal Development Plan.

  Personal Development Reflective Statement 2017


Only members of The Nautical Institute are invited to submit their CPD portfolio once per calendar year for validation. Please log in to the Members' Area for details on how to submit.

If you aren’t a Nautical Institute member, membership of a professional body is an obvious sign of one's commitment to being professional, particularly where professional body membership is not a regulatory requirement. Find out more about how to join here. 


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Why should I bother with a formal programme of CPD?

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What is The Nautical Institute’s CPD policy?

What is the CPD Cycle?

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Does The Nautical Institute provide CPD attendance certificates?

How do I set CPD goals?

What are short, medium and long term goals?

What counts as valid CPD?

What is structured, unstructured and unplanned CPD?

When should I submit my CPD Portfolio?

What happens after I submit my CPD portfolio?

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Case Study 

  Case Study Template

Recognition of Prior Learning

By Captain Bill Kavanagh MA FNI & Phil O’Leary MSc MA

  Seaways Article

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