What's Recognised as CPD

CPD can include a wide range of educational activities related to enhancing your professional knowledge and skills.

There are two main types of CPD that should be pursued:

  1. All planning and planning-related knowledge should be a core component of a planners CPD activities. This may include the dissemination of knowledge to other planners through seminars, lectures, publications and papers.

  2. All activities related to the development of general professional "non-planning" skills are also important. Such professional "non-planning" skills may relate to human relations, management, legal knowledge, financial management, and personal knowledge, skills and values.

Category 1

Courses, education and training that develops planning-specific knowledge, skills and values.

Activities may include:

  • Planning-related education and training - formal short courses, part-time courses, external or in-house courses or conference programmes that consolidate or enhance planning knowledge, skills and values;
  • Attendance at planning-related conferences (maximum of 7 points per full day or attendance), relevant seminars, hui or workshops;
  • Attendance as an observer at significant Environment Court hearings;
  • Participation in a planning-related study tour;
  • Development of planning-related knowledge, skills and values that demonstrates the growth (to the Member) of new approaches, applications, values or techniques with a direct application to planning;
  • Participation as a Mentee in a Mentor/Mentee relationship.

Category 2

Contributions to the profession

Activities may include:

  • Research and analysis to investigate new areas of professional interest or planning concern requiring the preparation of a paper or report;
  • Preparation of submissions on legislation etc, where this is not an integral part of the Members work;
  • Participation as a Mentor in a Mentor/Mentee relationship;
  • Publishing articles and papers;
  • Presenting lectures and papers, CPD workshops, conference presentations, where this is not an integral part of the Members work;
  • Involvement in planning-related professional committees for the planning profession, similar professions, academic institutions or community groups or being an NZPI Branch Office holder.


Category 3

Self-directed learning or non-Planning related courses

The development of knowledge, skills and values, be it general or planning-related, which come about through activities that contribute towards personal and professional development.

Activities may include:

  • Reading professional publications and court decisions
  • Self-guided research via relevant websites eg QP, Planetizen, MOOCs or other media

Non-planning related areas may include:

  • Human relations
  • Time management
  • Stress management
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Management skills
  • Financial management
  • Legal knowledge


The above categories are deliberately general. It is largely up to the member, as a professional planner, to allocate what they consider to be appropriate CPD on their NZPI record. The emphasis should be placed on time spent that enhances one's professional knowledge - ie. things that one has learnt that improves ability and conduct as a planner.

Please note that where the CPD is considered an integral part of one's work, the activity cannot be counted as CPD.