Enhance your Export Control Career with CPD

One of the key objectives of the Export Control Profession (ECP) is to support and encourage the professional development of export control specialists.  An important tool to achieve this is the Continuing Professional Development programme administered by the Institute of Export and International Trade.  This gives members of the Profession a unique opportunity to manage and record their professional development.

This rigorous yet easy to use process encourages you to maintain and develop your knowledge, skills and competence systematically throughout your career. In addition to recognising the development of a member’s technical knowledge, our CPD programme takes into account the enhancement of the practical skills which are required to operate effectively and professionally within the international trade arena.

To gain your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate, you need to secure a minimum of 100 CPD points per year, 50 from Generic Issues and 50 from Contemporary Issues; these are explained further below. An annual subscription to the CPD programme is part of your ECP membership subscription. This gives you access to an online journal where you can record relevant activity, and have it assessed by an approved CPD accreditor. Detailed instructions are provided on the ECP website.

How to secure and record CPD points

You can secure CPD points through a wide range of activities associated with Export Control and Sanctions. These are set out below.

You record each activity in your online journal, accessed through the Membership area of the ECP website, selecting whether it relates to Generic or Contemporary issues, and enter the appropriate points for the activity, if available, along with documentary evidence to support your claim for CPD points. Your CPD activity may involve developing your knowledge and skills in other fields (e.g. risk management, finance etc.).  The CPD team will help in allocating points to courses or events that do not have any CPD points detailed.

Generic Issues

Generic issues are those activities necessary to perform your day job – some examples might include:

  • Export Control regimes and regulations
  • Export Control ratings/classifications
  • Export Control licensing and applying for licences
  • Compliance and record-keeping requirements
  • Sanctions and compliance
  • Third party and individual screening
  • Developing an Internal Compliance Programme
  • Export Control audits, investigations and voluntary disclosures
  • Export Control policies and procedures
  • Other areas of relevant study, including technology, finance, marketing, logistics, staff development

Contemporary Issues

Contemporary issues are those activities additional to those necessary to perform your day job which add to your knowledge and enhance your role performance.  Some examples might include (depending on your job role):

  • Customs, tariffs and tax
  • JV’s, licensing, overseas investment, inward Investment
  • Emerging markets
  • Inter-cultural awareness and trading across cultures
  • Corruption/ money laundering
  • Social Responsibility
  • The international political environment
  • Risk Management

Activity Types

Short Courses: Include face-to-face courses, on-line courses webinars and seminars provided by the ECP, IOE&IT or other suppliers, including your own organisation.

Conferences: Includes seminars and meetings where technical subjects are discussed and developed.

Private Study: Includes reading technical magazines, books and internet research on Export Control and Sanctions.

Imparting Skills and Knowledge:  Includes tutoring, training, presenting or teaching at seminars on International Trade and associated subjects, either internally or externally.

Meetings: Include internal or external meetings where technical aspects of Export Control and/or Sanctions require researching and explanation.

ECP or IOE&IT Activities: Include attendance at official meetings such as the Academic Board, post examination workshops, examination curriculum meetings

Post Qualification Studies: Include higher education in Export Control or associated subjects leading towards a foundation degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctorate. They also include higher level qualifications such as NVQ 4’s and NVQ 5’s in associated subjects.

Recognised Qualifications: Include other formal qualifications that are associated with Export Control and International Trade such as relevant modules from the IOE&IT and the Customs Academy, for example.


The Export Control Profession’s Continuing Professional Development programme offers export control specialists a rigorous, easy-to-use tool to plan and record their own professional development.  It encourages study and learning in both depth and breadth to enhance the individual’s career development.

We are hosting a webinar on Export Control Profession & Continuing Professional Development on 27th February at 2pm

Click here to register.