What counts as CPD?

The Professional Development Scheme (PDS) helps clerks to self-assess their own personal development. Learning and development are subjective experiences and it is for clerks to consider how much they have benefited from each activity.

It is good practice to consider your learning needs, research the options to meet them, discuss with your council what training or learning you plan to undertake and why it will support the work of the council.

Keeping a log of your activity can be useful to help reflect on what you have learnt; this can be a personal record or something you share with your council. If you choose to keep a record please note, clerks cannot count any activity twice. For example, books which are read while studying for a qualification cannot be counted as separate reading.

For more information see the Continuous Professional Development Scheme booklet or What Qualifies for CPD. If you are having difficulty attaining or recording your CPD please contact us at [email protected]

Click here to view the criteria to become a Student, Principal or Fellow of the SLCC.

Step by Step Guides & Links

The guides provide easy to follow instructions for joining the PDS, obtaining and recording your CPD:

Step by Step guide to making a Significant Contribution to the Sector

Step by Step guide to joining the PDS

Step by Step guide for completing CPD

Did you know, reading sector information including dissertations and / or relevant books from the book list carry CPD points, click here to read the latest dissertations from Community Governance students.

Click here to view the book list.

Recording your CPD

  1. Login to the website
  2. In ‘My Account’ click ‘CPD’
  3. Begin adding your CPD by clicking on ‘Add points’ and completing the necessary information

If you have any queries contact [email protected]


Retiring Principal or Fellow?

If you are a retiring clerk and you have changed your membership from Fellow/Principal to Past Service membership, please be aware that you are still able to use your professional designation, FSLCC/PSLCC after your name.

We are aware that retiring clerks are less able to maintain CPD in order to meet the CPD points required for Fellow/Principal membership and, therefore, provide the option to use the designated letters. Unfortunately, this only applies to the designated letters and does not include the other benefits of Fellow/Principal membership.

If you would like to add the designated letters to your name please login to the website, visit ‘My Account’, ‘Profile’ and update your surname to contain the designated letters. Alternatively please contact [email protected].

Professional Development Plan

The Professional Development Plan is a development pathway for the forthcoming year and identifies the training or study you should undertake to enable you to meet your end goal/objective.

The Plan can be taken to your annual appraisal, discussed and authorised by the council. The Plan can include the cost and timescales of any relevant training which, if applicable, can then be included in your councils training budget. After completing and saving your Plan, you can choose to download it to your PC in order to print a copy to take along to your appraisal or email to your councillor(s).

Click here to view examples of the Plan.

Click here to complete your Plan.