Continuing Professional Devlopment

Structured CPD

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement for CIRI registration. The CIRI CPD process requires an overall company approach to CPD, capturing the combined competences of a range of individuals, in a variety of occupations, working at different levels in each CIRI organisation.  

Structured CPD includes attending formal courses approved as structured CPD, company training and development, structured and verified tool box talks, attending and speaking at verified conferences and CPD events, and online learning.

All CIRI members are required to ensure that the personnel within their organisations are competent and informed on current thinking and developments relating to their role and to the type and level of their individual responsibility. Each organisation will be required to plan, record and verify the CPD activities of its personnel, and should be able to provide evidence that the training and development activities undertaken address the needs identified.

Below is a list of some of the providers of Structured Continuous Professional Development. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and is intended to act as a guideline only.

Formal Courses

Ireland's Institutes of Technology

Ireland’s Institutes of Technology, provide programmes that reflect current and emerging knowledge and practices and promote self-management, critical analysis, decision making and entrepreneurship. There are a huge selection of formal courses that can be undertaken to enhance your Professional Development and that are geared towards the Construction Industry & Built Environment. To go to the respective Institute, please click on the respective name.

Universities and Colleges

Irish Universities offer a diverse range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Colleges & Universities listed below have a selection of Formal Education Courses on offer that are geared towards the Built Environment & the Construction Industry.

Private Higher Education Institutes

Ireland’s Private Higher Education providers offer a wide selection of Business & Management courses, Sustainable Building Technology courses and other Built Environment and Construction related offerings.

Government Initiatives

Skills for Work is a national programme aimed at providing training opportunities to help employees deal with the basic skills demands of the workplace. The initiative is funded by the Irish Government under the Department of Education and Skills, and delivered by the newly formed Education & Training Boards (ETB) across the country. The project is managed nationally by Dublin & Dún Laoghaire ETB.

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is an independent charity committed to making sure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs. 

Education and Training Boards are statutory authorities which have responsibility for education and training, youth work and a range of other statutory functions. ETBs are active in local communities through the direct provision of training and education programmes delivered in training centres, colleges and other training and educational settings.

Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs.Skillnet Training Networks fund groups of companies in the same region/sector, and with similar training needs, through training networks that deliver subsidised training to Irish businesses. 

Structured CPD Resources, Events and Information 

There are several events, seminars, Executive meetings and free CPD resources organised by the undermentioned Organisations. Some bodies require you to be a member, where others offer free resources that are available to non-members as well.

Company Training & Development

Company Training & Development can be defined as any training that is held in company premises in order to educate, develop or improve employees’ skills. Operative and Craft worker CPD can be delivered by in-house management, supervisory or craft worker personnel. Operative and Craft worker CPD can also take the form of practical talks and demonstrations by suppliers and other experts.

On the job training is popular form of training and is not only cost effective and convenient to run but it can be customised according to your employee training needs.

Toolbox Talks

A Toolbox Talk is a short safety talk, normally delivered at the workplace and on a specific subject matter, with a specific safety message. The objective is to raise awareness of a particular aspect of the work but to do it on a regular basis so that the good safety message is reinforced. Attendance should be recorded for CPD points. A development opportunity for staff is to write and submit a toolbox talk, sharing your knowledge of the construction industry and facilitating the sharing of toolbox talks to other companies.

The HSA has a selection of Toolbox Talks that they are currently rolling out. These can be found on the dedicated HSA website

Conferences and CPD Events

There are a number of Conferences and CPD events taking place around the country during 2017. Details will be sent electronically to all CIRI registered members on a regular basis as events come to our attention through monthly CPD Newsletter. 

eLearning and Distance Learning Solutions

e-Learning is electronic learning, and typically this means using a computer to deliver part, or all of a course. eLearning might be part of your mandatory business training or a you might decide to choose a full Distance Learning course which allows learners to choose a flexible, supportive, and credible way of achieving new skills and qualifications. For example, Engineers Ireland offer certified and verifiable CPD eLearning modules that are available to both members and non-members which will connect you to online education. Each eLearning module is available 24/7 and a certificate of completion can be printed to verify this CPD.

There are a wide range of eLearning and distance learning providers in Ireland. Many Universities now offer some Distance Learning options as part of their adult learning programmes. Here are a few of the options available to you.

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