Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD)

The RIMPA Global CPD program showcases the commitment of RIMPA Professional Members to the profession. The program is designed to be adaptable, enabling members to choose and identify their own learning requirements.

All RIMPA Professional Members (with the exception of Life and Retired Members) are required to undertake the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program in order to maintain their status. The RIMPA CPD program helps to demonstrate that RIMPA Professional Members are committed to the profession by maintaining and developing their proficiency and competence. The RIMPA CPD Program is intended to be flexible and to allow members to determine and select their own learning needs. 

Industry related activity and involvement earns Professional Members points.  It is a requirement to maintain status to earn 60 points each three year cycle.

What is Continuing Professional Development?

For the purpose of the RIMPA CPD Program, “continuing professional development” is defined as any learning activity that meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Relates to professional needs

  • Assists with longā€term career goals

  • Is of interest to the member’s employer

  • Relates to professional ethics or public safety

Who Does the Program Apply to?

All Professional Members of RIMPA must comply with the CPD Program. This includes:

  • Associate Members (ARIM)

  • Chartered Members (MRIM)

  • Fellow Members (FRIM)

Students, corporate nominees, Life Members and retired members are not subject to the requirements of the RIMPA CPD Program.

Benefits of CPD

  • Maintains and updates your industry knowledge

  • Increases your opportunities in the workplace

  • Improve career direction

  • Keep abreast with industry trends

  • Giving back to the industry

  • Assisting new records professionals

The CPD program is aimed to assist members in maintaining their professional status on a three yearly basis.There are six categories used to define the main activities identified which relate to what Records and Information Management professionals commonly undertake to maintain professional status and remain in touch with industry trends.

It is recommended that a member’s 60 points are derived from more than one category but it is understood that some members may only have access to one or two of the categories yearly.

Category 1: Formal Training and Education

Refers to activities that include RIMPA accredited University Courses – (refer to RIMPA web page for details of accredited courses), non-accredited University courses relating to the industry, VET training and formally conducted short courses usually held outside of the workplace which require assessment. For example, Project Management Courses.

This category also includes courses offered by RIMPA aligned partners such as Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) and InfoGov ANZ.

Category 1 Type CPD Points Maximum Points Yearly
RIMPA Endorsed 15 CPD points on completion of each module. 30
RIMPA Accredited 15 CPD points on completion of each module. 20
Independent 10 CPD points on completion of each module, includes  business services/administration, computer science, etc. 20
Independent and RIMPA Endorsed 5 CPD points can be allocated per teaching and/or lecturing
event covering topics relating to Data, and Information Management annually.
30

Category 2: Informal Training and Education

Informal training and education refers to various activities which include workplace training courses, systems/ eDRMS training, webinars, video conferencing and RIMPA YouTube session viewing. It also refers to private study such as the reading of books, journals, manuals, etc. Activities claimed must contribute to the development of your career as a professional Records and Information Management practitioner.

Category 2 Type CPD Points Maximum Points Yearly
RIMPA Endorsed Training Courses 4 CPD points allocated per half-day workshop can include any topic relating to records, information, and data management and/or associated tools and technology. 16
Independent and Workplace Workshops 3 CPD points on delivery of system and business process training relating to activities associated with records, information, and data management. Refers to professional development opportunities provided within a workplace.  12
Up to 1/2 Day conference, seminar,
or information session. 
4 CPD points per event. Examples of eligible events include those organised by RIMPA, professional Institutes, Associations, Societies, professional conference groups, archival authorities, records and information management vendors or other groups relating to the profession of records and information management. 16
Webinars / Video Conferences /
YouTube Sessions
1 CPD point per hour organised by the organisations such as; leadership/supervisor programs, team building, policy writing, human resource, budget & finance, change management, project management, and strategic planning, etc. Refers to professional development opportunities provided within a workplace. 12
RIMPA Webinars / Video Conferences /
YouTube Sessions
Point per hour of RIMPA Session.  16
Reading of books, professional journals and manuals 1 CPD point per book our journal/manual 5

Category 3: Conferences and Meetings

Conferences, symposiums, seminars, summits, workshops, breakfast and lunch event, inspections and meetings run by experts can be claimed as CPD provided that the content relates to the development of your professional career. This includes those events run by RIMPA, Professional Institutes, Associations, Societies, professional conference groups, records and information management vendors or other groups which provide information relating to the profession of records and information management.

Category 3 Type CPD Points Maximum Points Yearly
RIMPA Live - National Convention 18 CPD points for each annual convention attended
by member. 
18
Three day conference, symposium
or seminar.
15 CPD points for each event attended. 30
Two day conference, symposium 
or seminar.
12 CPD points for each event attended. 24
One day conference, seminar
or information session
8 CPD points for each event attended. 24

Category 4: Presentations, Papers and Training

The preparation and presentation of material for conferences, seminars, symposiums, workshops and courses can be claimed if these activities contribute to the records and information management profession. This category also includes material published in professional journals such as iQ, IDM, etc.

Papers and published material can refer to all aspects of the records and information management profession including those areas which support the profession indirectly such as leadership, change management, project management, marketing, etc.

Category 4 Type CPD Points Maximum Points Yearly
Development of short presentation material
(not exceeding 90 minutes)
4 CPD points per development and presentation
by member.
20
Delivery of workshops or training 6 CPD points can be allocated per teaching
and/or lecturing events covering topics relating
to Records, Information, and Data Management
activities annually.
24
Development and publication of material for
professional journals (not iQ)
12 CPD points  to be allocated once material
has been published. Publication must be related
to records, information and data management
industry.
24
evelopment and publication of material
for iQ Magazine
15 CPD points material must be related to
records, information and data management
industry.
30

Category 5: Profession Service Activities

Service to the profession is an important contribution for both you as an individual and the profession as a whole. The services provided by member volunteers are what allow RIMPA to operate effectively and remain in touch with the membership.

The activities that can be claimed include:

  • Contribution as IQ Reviewer

  • Reviewer of RIMPA Governance Documents

  • Reviewer of technical papers prior to publication

  • Member of a course accreditation team

  • Participation in CPD audits

  • Board Member Meetings

  • Board Weekly Activities

  • Sub Committees of Records and Information Management Professionals (such as IT21 Standards or local archive office groups).

  • New Professional Program Meetings

  • Mentoring (RIMPA informal and formal programs)

  • Reviewer of Documents (iQ, governance, technical, etc.)

Category 5 Type CPD Points Maximum Points Yearly
Breakfast and lunch meetings 2 CPD points for each event attended.  10
Site visits 3 CPD points allocated per visit when viewing
processes and systems utilised by a host site.
12
RIMPA Official Board Meetings 8 CPD points will be allocated to member's attendance. 24
Mentoring 15 CPD points can be allocated per mentor annually.
10 CPD points can be allocated per mentee annually.
15
10

Category 6: Industry Involvement

Refers to records and information management practitioners who are employed in academic or consultant positions who contribute to the industry and or RIMPA which link to education, research and practice. This includes persons who write and publish books, sponsor or participate in research projects and or publish practice documents.

Category 6 Type CPD Points Maximum Points Yearly
Book Publication 30 CPD points to be allocated once material has been published and/or endorsed by RIMPA. 30
Research Projects 20 CPD points to be allocated for each research project relating to records, information and data management. Must be listed as contributor or co-author. 20
Material Development 30 CPD points applicable to each approved development and delivery of material developed for RIMPA on an Australian and International platform. Must be listed as contributor or co-author. 30
Workplace framework 8 CPD points applicable to each framework document developed for your organisation. Refers to policies, standards, procedures, strategic plans, risk management plans, audit plans etc. relating to records, information and data management. 24
Advisory Committees/Councils 4 points per meeting. 24
Executive Engagement Masterclass 4 points per meeting. 20

 

How to Register your CPD Points

It is up to you as a professional member to ensure that your CPD activities are recorded within the member’s area
of the RIMPA website.

Members who attend events which are organized by RIMPA will automatically have CPD points allocated. Non RIMPA events and other category activities will require you to go in and select the category and activity and the right number of points will be allocated. In August of each year, you will receive an electronic certificate to confirm that you have achieved the required CPD Points.

To log your CPD, please log into your account here and select "My CPD".

For further information regarding the CPD program please feel free to call the RIMPA Office on 1800 242 611 or contact the admin team.