CPD guidlines


The Institute of Procurement Professionals of Uganda (IPPU) is an organisation incorporated on 4th April, 2008 as a company limited by guarantee. It was established to bring together both the Public and Private sector Procurement Professionals in Uganda.

The purpose of the Institute is to excel in promoting professionalism in the Procurement and Supply Chain Management by promoting professional development through world class service and superior service delivery. The organisations’ main objective is to prescribe, regulate the practice and conduct of members of the procurement profession and to promote procurement professional standards in Uganda.

As a leading professional body for procurement professionals in Uganda, we are committed to professional development of the industry. The credibility of the procurement profession is fundamentally based on the commitment of individual members to continuing self improvement.

Introduction to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with hours

Continuing Professional Development is a life long process of improvement through various learning experiences. CPD combines different methodologies to learning such as short training courses, seminars, conferences, e-learning programs, workshops, lectures, symposia, etc

Professionals across all sectors are aware of the importance of training and development and the need to stay effective and competitive in the workplace. As a result of this, and industry needs as well as customer needs and trends, all professions have embraced Continuing Professional Development (CPDs) programmes in one way or the other.

IPPU CPDs are desirable for every procurement professional and practitioner. It’s a benchmark for procurement professionalism.

CPD Principles

The essential principles are:

C – Continuing

members demonstrate their commitment to developing their procurement competency through the virtuous circle of CPD
professional development is continuous in the sense that members actively seek to improve their knowledge, skills and performance
regular investment of time and learning is seen as an essential part of professional life, not as an optional extra.

P – Professional

members show an active interest in the internal and external environment and in the continuous development and improvement of self and others at both organisation and individual levels
outcomes should reflect on the Procurement Profession
learning objectives should be clear and serve individual and ideally, client and organisational needs.

D – Development

the starting point is a realistic assessment of what needs to be learnt in order to meet the demands of the ever-changing professional and business worlds
development is owned and managed by the individual, learning from all experiences, combined with reflection as key activities
working effectively and inclusively with colleagues, clients, stakeholders, customers, teams and individuals both within and outside of the organisation.

CPD benefits

Continuing professional development (CPD) can help procurement professionals become better.

CPDs benefits individuals in the following ways:

  • Better performance at your current job
  • Build confidence and credibility
  • Become more productive and efficient through development and professional capability
  • Cope positively to change by constantly updating skills
  • Attainment of competitive advantage over peers
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Accelerated career development

CPDs benefits organisations in the following ways:

The organisation you work for benefits from your commitment to CPDs in the following ways:

  • Improved workplace performance
  • Unlocking talent and potential within the organisation. Helps maximise staff potential by linking learning to actions and theory to practice.
  • Promotes staff development. This leads to better staff morale and a motivated workforce and helps give a positive image/brand to organisations.
  • Linking to appraisals. This is a good tool to help employees focus their achievements throughout the year.
 IPPU CPD Activities
 CPD Category Activity type How many CPD hours
Knowledge, Skills & Personal development Training course, Conference, Seminar, Lecture, Workshop, Symposium 20CPD hours


What are CPD hours/points?

CPD hours is the allocated amount of time one has spent on a learning activity. CPD hours may be converted to points, units or credits.

Can I backdate or carry over CPD hours?

No. IPPU CPD hours are awarded on yearly basis. Therefore, IPPU can not accept backdated CPD hours and/or can not carry over CPD hours (excess) into the next CPD year.

What is a CPD year?

A CPD year for an IPPU member runs from 1st January to December 31st.

Failure to comply with CPD Regulations

Failure to comply with IPPU CPD requirements is a breach of IPPU regulations. It constitutes misconduct that will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee who may require that an appropriate disciplinary hearing be convened.

How many CPD hours are mandatory for each year?

IPPU recommends that you undertake a minimum of 20 CPD hours. A minimum of 15 (fifteen hours) CPD hours should be obtained from IPPU designated CPD activities while 5 (five) CPD hours can be obtained from other CPD activities that are not necessarily IPPU CPD activities. Proof of awarded hours like a Certificate or letter of attendance is mandatory.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CPD is a personal commitment to keeping your professional knowledge up to date and improving your capabilities. It focuses on what you learn and how you develop throughout your career. You’re probably already doing it, but by formally recording your learning you’ll show that you’re actively committed to the development of your career.

We recommend you review your learning over the previous 12 months and set your development objectives for the coming year. Reflecting on the past and planning for the future in this way makes your development more methodical and easier to measure. You may already be doing this as part of your development review with an employer.

As a professional, you have a responsibility to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. CPD helps you turn that accountability into a positive opportunity to identify and achieve your own career objectives. CPD is an opportunity to do yourself some good; the nature and scale of the benefit depends entirely on you. The credibility of our profession is based on the willingness of each professional to embrace new skills, knowledge and experience.

If you do something or learn something outside work that provides a new perspective, adds to your confidence or improves your interpersonal skills inside work, it counts. It’s not what you learn, so much as how you can use it.

There are very few things that you ‘have to do’ with CPD. We don’t specify a minimum number of hours of training, or even the kind of learning experience you should have. Again, it’s what works for you – and what’s relevant to you. When we go out and talk to people about CPD at conferences and events, members are sometimes surprised to find that they’re already doing effective CPD and (assuming they have the right experience) qualifying for a higher grade of membership.

There are two parts to the CPD process. Both parts need to be satisfied to meet the criteria for upgrading. These are:

  • CPD development record – this lists the activities that you’ve carried out during the last 12 months, with an explanation of why they were undertaken, what was learned and how this learning was or is to be applied.
  • CPD development plan – this sets out your aims and objectives and your proposed action for the next 12 months. It must include resources required, success criteria and target dates for review and completion.

Every member of the IPPU is expected to do CPD. In fact, all Procurement professionals have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. As your experience and expertise grow, we hope that you choose to upgrade your competence because this strengthens the credibility of the procurement profession as well as underwriting your credentials as a competent procurement practitioner. This is what those letters after your name really stand for. They mark you out as someone who is committed to continuous learning and aspires to the highest quality of practice.

We live and work in a changing world so, as professionals; we all need to keep our knowledge up to date. There’s no doubt that CPD could help you achieve specific ambitions, but it can also help you be more confident and productive in your current role. Personal development is every bit as relevant to people who are happy where they are, as to those who are scaling the corporate ladder.

The whole point about CPD is that it focuses on meeting your needs and objectives as a professional. Continuing development is not a distraction, it helps you keep your eye on the ball – you learn the things you want to know and then you apply what you learn to the challenges you need to tackle. Different working arrangements offer different learning contexts. For example, self-employed consultants may well encounter fresh opportunities for CPD with every new project or assignment.