Continuous Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is one of the most important and effective ways for you to keep your knowledge and skills up to date. You should determine personal CPD objectives, taking into consideration things like:

  • Changes in standards, regulations and legislation, industry, your profession, or your job role
  • Your strengths and weakness
  • Your own ambitions and career progression
  • Any feedback you have received

Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU)

The Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) is the measuring unit used to quantify approved learning and professional service activities. Typically, one CPDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity.

Requirements for HKICA auditors Annual verification:

  • Certified Internal Auditor, Assistant Auditor and Lead Auditor should complete at least 10 continuing professional development units (CPDUs) of which 5 shall be approved by HKICA. (1 contact hour is normally equivalent to 1 CPDU);
  • Certified Auditor should complete at least 20 continuing professional development units (CPDUs) of which 10 shall be approved by HKICA. (1 contact hour is normally equivalent to 1 CPDU).

See our recertification page for more information.

Types of CPD

CPD can encompass a huge variety of learning activities. It is not limited to classroom-based courses, and it does not have to be specific to the scheme against which you audit. Any learning activity that supports your professional development is encouraged. It can be audit, scheme, or industry specific or more general business or “soft” skills. Courses to refresh your understanding of auditing tools and techniques, or to inform you about changes to standards are valuable ways to keep you up to date with changes in the auditing profession. Training and development offered by your employer is as applicable as that offered by training organisations.

HKICA categorises CPD as unstructured or structured.

Structured CPD

Structured CPD is guided learning activity undertaken to with a view to addressing specific, identified personal development needs. This may include:

  • Training courses, either classroom-based or online. To make it easier for you to choose CPD, we have approved many 3rd party organisations’ training courses under our HKICA Approved CPD Scheme
  • Seminars and lectures, including webinars
  • Conferences and events

Unstructured CPD

Unstructured CPD describes general learning activity you may have undertaken to develop your knowledge and competence. Unstructured CPD is self-determined, and not necessarily related to specific learning outcomes. Examples include:

  • Active engagement in relevant discussion forums, such as HKICA's LinkedIn group
  • Reading newspaper, magazine, or online articles relevant to your industry or profession
  • Self-study

Through the members' section, you can access online resources, such as reports, articles and webinars. You can also access thousands of journals and industry publications in our e-library. All these resources can contribute to continuing your professional development.

Recording and providing evidence of your CPD

You should record your CPD on as and when you undertake it. In your CPD log, you should include:

  • a description of your CPD activity, and;
  • a description of how it has contributed to your continuing professional development.

You must submit evidence to support your structured CPD log, such as certifications or confirmations of attendance.