Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the practice of updating and improving existing knowledge and skills throughout one’s working life. It is essential for health professionals practicing health promotion and education to ensure their ongoing effectiveness and accountability for any activities they undertake. They need to check these are consistent with legal, ethical and professional standards related to the promotion of health and prevention and/or management of disease.

IHPE is committed to supporting and raising the standards of health professionals practising within the field of health promotion and education. While it does not have a CPD-based register, it does support other professional bodies’ CPD-based schemes where members are required to reach a number of CPD points per year to remain on their specialist field register. IHPE approval is particularly relevant where a professional body requires verifiable CPD.

IHPE supports CPD by providing opportunities through conferences, publications, recognising relevant postgraduate courses and training along with approving external seminars, workshops and other relevant health-based events.



IHPE encourages health professionals to exchange research, better practice and build academic theory. It supports these activities by providing a peer-reviewed international journal showcasing evidence based research, and by reviewing academic and professional publications.

The International Journal of Health Promotion and Education is free to members and available to non-members on subscription.

IHPE also provides briefing papers  to inform health professionals of  current health promotion or education issues with background information, proposed solutions and recommended actions that could be undertaken. Stay up to date by visiting our News and Consultations sections.


IHPE hosts an Annual General Meeting  each year and supports recognised postgraduate courses and external events that have met our requirements for CPD. There is a fee payable for reviewing and approving courses for CPD certification.

All these events offer CPD opportunities and the chance for health professionals to engage in information sharing and networking with other health professionals. Attendance entitles the attendee to receive an IHPE approved CPD event/course certificate, eligible for verifiable CPD.  In the future, IHPE plans to host more events online, broadening the opportunity to attend.

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