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Professional Development Plan Resources

These resources will be of particular use to anyone preparing a PDP for a membership application but can be used by anyone preparing a PDP.

Example PDPs from non-planning individuals

These examples have been put together to illustrate how a PDP can be constructed. Please note that they are not based in planning – this has been done so that you will need to carefully consider your own circumstances; do ensure that you keep your PDP in a planning context.

This PDP is from someone who is moving in to a managerial role in a new location. It includes preparing for the role and also what they expect to cover during induction and beyond.

This PDP is from someone who is setting up their own (non-planning) consultancy – it features a mix of work-based learning and self study.

How to Create a Successful PDP for People Who Think They Cannot

Members find themselves in a huge number of different scenarios - no two people, or roles, are identical, but everyone can create a successful PDP. This document gives advice for a number of situations.

Common pitfalls

The guidance documents for each route to membership, and the CPD guidance, explain what to do. This document of common pitfalls covers ways in which PDPs are unsuccessful so that you can avoid these mistakes. It should be used in conjunction with the standard guidance.

RTPI Learn Module – How To Write a PDP

RTPI Learn is the RTPI's online learning environment. If you have not already done so you will need to register on RTPI Learn. To register, simply go to RTPI Learn.

You will then need access the "Create new account" area in order to complete the short registration form, online. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. You will then be ready to access RTPI Learn.

By completing this module you will learn

  • Why the RTPI asks for a PDP
  • How to approach the SWOT analysis
  • How to create well-formed Goals
  • How to funnel your plan towards Actions using Objectives
  • How to create SMART Actions that work for you.

PDP Podcast Series

Episode 1 – What is a Professional Development Plan?

Episode 2 – The SWOT analysis

Episode 3 – Goals and objectives

Episode 4 – Action Plan

Episode 5 – Top PDP tips

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