CPD during COVID-19
Clearly it is not possible to attend CPD events at present, The requirements for CPD are therefore suspended.
Following An Taoiseach’s advice, this crisis is expected to continue into the summer, therefore the CPD changes will apply until September 2021. This means all members renewing between now and August 31st, 2021, do not have to have any CPD. Any points earned, up to 100, will be carried forward for when CPD is once again required.
Any members who currently have excess CPD being carried forward will keep these points until they are needed. No stored CPD points will be lost. This means that if you have already renewed for this year and have excess CPD, you will not use the saved CPD at your next renewal, but will carry it forward for the renewal after that. If you have yet to renew, but already have some CPD, those points will be carried forward until you need them, so send in your CPD log sheet as normal, and we will record those points for future use.
Our appeal to you: Please remember that the IRI is a member-run, not-for-profit, organisation. The committee have a responsibility to run the IRI on the smallest budget possible so as to minimise costs of membership. Our membership fee has not risen for many years as a result. Even though we have introduced additional cost-saving factors, our reserves are limited, and membership renewals are our life-line, we do not have vast reserves of cash to survive without a steady stream of membership renewals.
If everyone stops paying their membership fees the IRI will close. We simply do not have the cash reserves to continue without them.
Just as we are trying our best to support you at this difficult time, we need you to support us. Please keep paying your fees. In the long run, the net cost to you will be the same, as you get an extra-long membership period. However, it will make a huge difference to the IRI because it keeps our essential cash flow. It is now up to you – if you want the IRI to continue, please pay your fees.
These changes are not permanent. The IRI has not abandoned CPD requirements for membership. These changes are only in place to help with the COVID-19 crisis. Once the crisis passes, membership requirements will return to normal. The IRI is doing everything we can to support the members, but now we need the members to support the IRI.
Thank you for your consideration and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.
We wish you health and well-being during this time,
Regards, the IRIL Board