CIPR to make ethics a compulsory module for CIPR CPD

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced that from 1 March 2015, reflecting on ethical practice in public relations will be a compulsory module within the Institute’s Continuing Professional Development scheme (CIPR CPD).

CIPR CPD requires participants to accumulate 60 points per year from formal and informal learning to develop their skills and knowledge in public relations and business, and is a requirement in working towards or maintaining Accredited Public Relations Practitioner or Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status.

The introduction of the compulsory Ethics module will provide 5 points towards the annual total of 60, with the rest available to accrue from the ‘Developing your communication skills and knowledge’ and ‘Supporting others’ modules.

In the six months until the module is made compulsory, the CIPR will be working to develop and create tools and resources to enable CIPR CPD participants to complete this new requirement.

Sarah Hall, Chair of the CIPR Professional Practices Committee
Ethics is a cornerstone in all professional disciplines from accountancy to law. Professionals should be able to apply their skills and expertise ethically as well as effectively and the use of a Code of Conduct should not be a tick-box exercise. We must regularly revisit and reflect on the frameworks that such Codes can offer and implement them within daily practice. Making ethics a compulsory part of CIPR CPD, and developing a suite of resources to assist practitioners in their reflective learning, is an important step on the road to professionalizing public relations.
Sarah Hall, Chair of the CIPR Professional Practices Committee
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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).