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SMi Group is delighted to announce the 18th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference and exhibition, which convenes in Madrid on the 28th-29th November 2017.

Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling represents one of the most important components for Air Forces worldwide, underlined by substantial annual investments made by  Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces and Defence Industries.

This year's conference will focus on supporting current and future developments by allowing information exchange, networking and new business opportunities.

Keynote presentations and panel discussion will lead the way  and at the same time the conference will offer multiple opportunities to meet and exchange ideas and future projects making this event a truly unique occasion.

 

  • Meet the decision makers of the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling community
  • Hear the latest updates from the most senior military leaders worldwide
  • Gain unique insight information regarding the current and future projects of Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling
  • Network and create business opportunities with key market solution providers 

ACO Shape; Administration of the State Border Guard Service; Air Combat Command; Air Mobility Force Headquarters, Royal Air Force; Air Warfare Centre; Airbus; Airbus Defence and Space; AirTanker Services Ltd; Antonov Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex; Antonov Airlines; ANTONOV Company; Aviation Week; B A E Systems Regional Aircraft B1-280C; BAE Systems; Boeing Global Services and Support; Cobham Mission Equipment; EDA; EEAS, Belgium; EU Military Staff; European Air Transport Command (EATC); European Commission; FALKO; Flightglobal; French Air Force; GB Consulting bvba; German Air Force; Heavy Airlift Wing; Heavy Airlift Wing Papa Hungary; Institute for Defense Analyses; Italian Air Force; Italian Air Force Staff; JBTC; Jeppesen ; KBR; Kelvin Connect; KIDA; Kommando Luftwaffe; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Forth Worth; Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group; MCCE; Mediterranean Technologies; Ministry of Defence Austria; Movement Coordination Centre Europe; National Aircargo; NATO SHAPE; Occar; Omni Air International; Recotech; RUAG Aviation; Ruslan International; Ruslan SALIS GmbH; Spanish Air Force; Teledyne Controls; Thales Land and Joint Systems; TLD AMERICA; TLD Group; Tronosjet Maintenance; UK MoD; United Nations-UN; US AFRICOM; US Air Force Europe; US Transportation Command; ViaSat ; ViaSat, Inc.; Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo; Volga-Dnepr UK; World Fuel Services Europe Limited;
 

46th Air Brigade - Pisa; Adagold Aviation Pty Ltd; Air Tanker LTD; Airbus Defence & Space - Military Aircraft; Airbus Defence and Space; Airline Management AS; Antonov Company; Bell Helicopter Textron; Boeing; Boeing international Corporation; Cobham PLC; EATC; Embraer; EU Military Staff; European Air Transport Command ; European Defence Agency; Europrop International; FALKO; Glasgow Prestwick Airport; Heavy Airlift Wing; ILIAS Solutions; Institute for Defense Analyses; Italian Air Force; JBTC; Jeppesen ; JETEX; JETEX US; KH Inc; Leonardo; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Forth Worth; Lufthansa Technik AG; Marshall Aerospace Defence; MCCE; NATO; NATO Airlift Management Agency ; Nato TIDE Sprint; Northstar; Omni Air International; Omni Air International [ O Y] (O A E); RAF; RAF Brize Norton; Rockwell Collins; Royal Air Force; Royal Norwegian Air Force; Royal Saudi Air Force; SHAPE; Skytech Inc; The Boeing Company; TLD America; TLD Group; UK MOD; United Aviation Services; US AFRICOM; US Air Force Europe; US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM); Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo; Volga-Dnepr Airlines; Volga-Dnepr U K Ltd; World Food Programme; World Fuel Services Europe Limited;

Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 HOST NATION ADDRESS: The Spanish Approach to Airlift Capabilities

Senior Representative of Air Mobility Command

Senior Representative of Air Mobility Command, , Spanish Air Force

  • Recent updates on the transfer from the C-130 to the A-400M
  • Incorporating tanking capabilities into the new aircrft
  • Streamlining airlift training and standards to operate effectively in a joint air mobility environment
  • 9:30 AIRBUS: from Tactical to Strategic Transport

    Senior Representative of

    Senior Representative of, , Airbus

    • C-295 - One Aircraft, Many Missions
    • A400M - Strategic Lift, Tactical Delivery
    • A330 MRTT - Strategic Transport
     

    10:10 European Tactical Airlift Centre: A Cooperative Step Forward

    Colonel Jose Romero

    Colonel Jose Romero, ETAC Commander, European Tactical Airlift Center

    • Background and milestones.
    • Zaragoza A.B: A low cost location and efficient solution.
    • The future: unlimited … but in accordance with the nations´ ambitions.
     

    10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Boeing Global Services Background

    Senior Representative of

    Senior Representative of, , Boeing

    • International Global Services (IGS) Overview
    • IGS Capabilities and Services
    • IGS PBL Offerings
    • KC-46A Tanker Programme Update
     

    11:50 Enhancing Air Mobility Force Capacity for More Effective Rapid Response

    Group Captain Martin Cunningham

    Group Captain Martin Cunningham, Chief of Staff, Air Mobility Command, RAF Brize Norton

    • Easing command and control for air mobility assets
    • Coordination with other services to provide effective lift support
    • An update on the A400M and its integration into the Air Mobility Force
     

    12:20 Military Airlift – The Less Sexy Bits: Developing Ground Support capability for Operations and Humanitarian Missions

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Julian Stinton

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Julian Stinton, Vice President Military Sales TLD Europe, TLD Group

    • The Airlift Support Context: Main Operating Base and Forward Operating Location Challenges
    • TLD’s air-transportable Airlift Support Equipment
    • Expanding the capability to meet developing Operational Requirements
     

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 The Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE): Maximising the Capacity of Limited Strategic Lift

    Colonel Franck Verdierre

    Colonel Franck Verdierre, Director, MCCE

    • How the MCCE coordinates airlift and air-to-air refuelling on behalf of member states
    • The benefits MCCE activities provide by allowing reduced cost and access to critical capabilities
    • How we will adapt to new multinational collaborative programmes and continue to provide essential services
     

    14:30 Operational Support for Today’s Governmental and Military Flight Operations

    Matias Magnasco

    Matias Magnasco, Corporate Account Manager , JETEX

    • Flight Support capabilities in Africa & Middle East
    • Managing Charter Services for Military & Governmental Operations
    • Supporting the deployment of current Airlift Assets
    • Operational solutions in conflict zones
     

    15:10 Strategic Airlift for NATO and Her Partners

    Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum

    Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum, Vice Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing*

    • The recent success of airdrop exercise for the delivery of airborne supplies
    • Creating a more effective service to member nations through the integration of other C-17 Operators during missions
    • Welcoming new members to the wing and how they can provide a more resilient airlift solution
     

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Revolutionizing Military and Battlespace with Ubiquitous Broadband Connectivity

    Navneen Vermam

    Navneen Vermam, Director, International C3 & ISR Programmes, ViaSat, Inc.

    • Rapidly-Deployable SatCom
    • Support Multiple Satellite Frequency bands
    • Support for various air platforms
    • Flexible networking & data transport
    • End-to-end security for Joint Missions
    • Optimized data & applications support

    16:50 An Update on EU Common Security and Defence Activities

    Colonel Eric Renaut

    Colonel Eric Renaut, Branch Chief, Resources Support, Logistics Directorate, EU Military Staff

    • Reinforcing EU rapid response with airlift
    • Improving EU management of logistics in crisis
     

    17:20 The Strategic Airlift Capability

    Wiek Noldus

    Wiek Noldus, NAM Programme Manager, NATO

  • Program Overview
  • History
  • Organization
  • Capabilities
  • Successes
  • Challenges
  • Potential
     
  • 17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:00 Drinks Reception Hosted By Airbus

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 A Case Study of Successful Airlift Operations for French Military Deployments

    Brigadier General Laurent Marboeuf

    Brigadier General Laurent Marboeuf, Commander of Air Transport Brigade, French Air Force

    • Providing airlift support to troops deployed in Africa and the Middle East
    • How the A330 MRTT will enhance range and deployment capabilities
    • Integrating airlift and tanker capacity with other nations in a multinational environment
     

    9:30 AIRBUS: A Full Range of Tankers

    Senior Representative of

    Senior Representative of, , Airbus

    • A330 MRTT- the Tanker of Choice
    • A400M- Front-Line Tanking
    • C-295- Developing Tanking
     

    10:10 Supporting American and Allied Air Transportation Forces through AAR Support

    Colonel Thomas Salmi

    Colonel Thomas Salmi, Commander 100th AAR Operations Group, US Air Force Europe

    • Supporting the movement of troops and supplies by enabling aerial refuelling for deployments from Europe
    • Recent case studies of operation success thanks to the 100th AAR Wing
    • Collaborating with foreign air transport and AAR assets during deployments
     

    10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Optimization of Air Transport Operations Using Commercial Contracted Airlift

    Colon Miller

    Colon Miller, Director Government & Defense Programs, Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo

    • Available Airlift Capabilities for Military Air Cargo Transport
    • Direct access & direct solicitation advantages to owner operators of airlift
    • Providing airlift support to combatant commanders in various theatre of operations
    • Global support & technical know how
    • Defence & humanitarian focused support

    11:50 Pioneering Multinational Air-Air Refuelling for Coalition Operations

    Colonel Elanor Boekholt-O'Sullivan

    Colonel Elanor Boekholt-O'Sullivan, Commander Airbase Eindhoven, Royal Netherlands Air Force

    • Bringing together nations to enhance individual and collective capability and deployment range
    • Removing reliance on allied nations to provide fuelling support
    • How it will optimise Dutch capacity to deploy alongside allies

    12:20 The Increased Need for Military Aviation Services

    Mal Sandford

    Mal Sandford, Senior Vice President, Skytech Inc

    • Why funding solutions provide solutions for air forces
    • Outsourcing aviation services to alleviate shorfalls
    • When industry works together with the customer  new  schemes develop

     

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Session Details to be Confirmed - JBTc

    Senior Representative of

    Senior Representative of, , JBTc

    14:40 Readiness and Responsiveness within NATO; Management of lift to ensure Collective Defence

    Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell

    Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell, Chief AMCC, SHAPE

    • The challenges of coordinating multinational deployment plans
    • Achieving assurance of lift availability.
    • Thinking of lift from an ‘end to end’ perspective

    15:10 Session Details to be Confirmed- Antonov

    Senior Representative of

    Senior Representative of, , Antonov

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Optimising Air-Air Refuelling for NATO Missions

    Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Markie

    Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Markie, AAR SME, JAPCC*

    • The recent success of AAR Planning (SHARC) Courses
    • Increasing developing of interoperability of NATO air transport assets in a Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) scenario
    • Enhancing joint training projects to ensure continued easy assimilation of national forces into a joint structure
     

    16:40 Latest Updates on Europe’s Air-Air Refuelling Capabilities

    Dion Polman

    Dion Polman, Project Officer AAR, European Defence Agency

    • Looking at existing air tanker assets across the European fleet and the opportunities for development
    • Current progress in developing AAR capabilities for the A400M
    • Increasing strategic air tanker capacity with the A330 MRTT

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    18:00 Drinks Reception Hosted by Boeing

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    Antonov

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.antonov.com

    ANTONOV Company is the leading aircraft industrial enterprise in Ukraine. With around 70 years' experience, it belongs to a relatively select group of enterprises world-wide offering the complete cycle for the creation of modern aircraft - starting from pre-project scientific research then taking a project through construction, testing, certification and serial production, and finally following up with comprehensive after-sales maintenance and general support. ANTONOV Company has created more than one hundred types and modifications of passenger, transport and special-purpose aircraft. ANTONOV specializes in the development of cargo planes - this is the class in which it has the richest experience and greatest success. ANTONOV cargo planes are distinguished for their ability to operate in harsh climatic conditions, into remote high-altitude airfields with many kinds of surface, and their utmost flexibility in airlifting the widest range of cargoes.


    Glasgow Prestwick Airport

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    http:/www.glasgowprestwick.com/military

    Located on the west coast of Scotland, at the half way point on the Great Circle Route between the United States and Middle East, Glasgow Prestwick Airport has been providing aviation services to the military for almost 80 years. The airport is a major crew rest, fuel stop and training location for forces from across the globe. It offers two runways (2,987m and 1,905m) and is able to handle aircraft of all sizes. The airport is operational 24/7 and has no slot restrictions or prior permission requirements. The airport has favourable weather conditions and take-off and landing over sea and countryside. Military customers have exclusive access to discrete aprons, hangarage and secure self-manoeuvring parking ramps. Glasgow Prestwick offers the full suite of ground handling services – including steps, ground power unit, towing, de-icing and baggage, cargo and dangerous goods handling. It also specialises in quick turnaround fuel stops for military missions – offering JETA1 and AVGAS 100LL at any time day or night. The dedicated FBO facilities, which include rest areas, washrooms, lounge, briefing/planning spaces, refreshments, computer access and wifi as well as games facilities are located within a few meters of the apron. In addition to the ideal location on the Great Circle Route, the airport also has a fantastic location within Scotland. It is surrounded by world class hotels, whisky distilleries, eateries and golf courses – including Prestwick the birthplace of the Open Championship. Scotland’s largest city – Glasgow - is within 35 minutes’ drive via motorway. The airport team are able to organise accommodation and other hospitality as required. A major benefit of working with Glasgow Prestwick Airport is that all services are managed in-house – giving you a single point of contact for everything you need for your RON, fuel stop or training.


    JBT

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.jbtaerotech.com

    JBT® - One stop shopping, single-source convenience. JBT® is a global leader in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge ground support equipment, airport gate equipment, system / asset monitoring, maintenance, baggage handling system controls and service, and military ground support equipment. A single source supplier for a wide range of aviation related equipment and services. Ground support equipment includes pallet and cargo loaders, deicers, mobile steps, pushback tractors, and towbarless tractors. Airport gate equipment features the Jetway® passenger boarding bridges, the JetPower® ground power family, the JetAire® series of preconditioned air products, JetFlo® water cabinets, and BagBuddy® luggage lift systems. We offer point-of-use and central system designs. At JBT, we have the technology to monitor virtually all makes of gate equipment with iOPS apron monitoring and support service. We can manage apron and gate assets and their use with real-time information. Services from JBT include maintenance and repair of ground support equipment, gate equipment, terminal trains, baggage handling systems, building facilities and more as well as full parts support, inspection, and training programs. JBT offers specialized military products including Jetpower® ground power units for virtually all military cargo and fighter aircraft – including the F35. JetAire® military conditioned air units include high pressure/extreme ambient (140ºF) air units for fighters, compressed air carts, bleed air carts, and lower pressure conditioned air carts for cargo aircraft. Products are available as cart mounted, diesel powered, hangar-based, b and combination air and power units. JBT offers an expanding line of military ground support equipment. As a single-source supplier, with unparalleled product range, JBT simplifies procurement, contracting, project management, parts sourcing, and technical support for trouble free procurement, operations, warranty, and ongoing support. For more than 50 years, JBT® has been the name relied on for the very best in gate related products and services. For more information please call 801-627-6600 or visit www.jbtaerotech.com


    Jetex

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    Major Governmental and Military entities depend on JETEX to support their missions with confidentiality while providing timely supplies to critical operations whatever the nature of the mission may be. We are privileged to serve well known militaries in some of the most remote locations, working with complete discretion and full alertness. Failure is never an option. Jetex routinely provides ground support services and fuel uplift coordination for relief flights in war-torn and disaster struck countries; VIP operations and routine flights for NATO and NON-NATO members around the world. Knowing the importance of providing high standards of services while keeping a low profile; JETEX has a dedicated Operations Team formed by some former military personal to assure we have a solid knowledge of the Military culture and the particular requirements needed to successfully perform your mission. We are passionate and proud about serving the Aviation industry and supporting governmental and military operations. Our strong focus in delivering value to your flight is underscored by our industry affiliations – Jetex is a founding member of MEBAA, a strategic member of IATA, NBAA, EBACE and a frequent contributor and sponsor of the industry’s outreach programs. Fly your mission, let JETEX handle the rest.


    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

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    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. As a global security, innovation, and aerospace company, the majority of Lockheed Martin's business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. federal government agencies. In addition, Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin Company) provides military and rotary-wing aircraft to all five branches of the U.S. armed forces along with military services and commercial operators in 40 nations. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin's business is comprised of international government and commercial sales of products, services and platforms. Operations: 590+ facilities in 50 states throughout the U.S.; Internationally, business locations in over 70 nations and territories. Organization • Aeronautics, with approximately $17.8 billion in 2016 sales which includes tactical aircraft, airlift, and aeronautical research and development lines of business. • Missiles and Fire Control, with approximately $6.6 billion in 2016 sales that includes the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, PAC-3 Missiles as some of its high-profile programs. • Rotary and Mission Systems with approximately $13.5 billion in 2016 sales, which includes Sikorsky military and commercial helicopters, naval systems, platform integration, simulation and training and energy programs lines of business. • Space Systems, with approximately $9.4 billion in 2016 sales which includes space launch, commercial satellites, government satellites, and strategic missiles lines of business.


    SkyTech

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    http://www.skytech.com.pt

    SkyTech offers solutions to address shortfalls in military aviation. The company is able to fund and provide operations and maintenance support to a wide range of services by offering a variety of solutions for short, medium or long term contracts. SkyTech is powered by Hi Fly - a wet lease specialized Airline, certified by EASA, by the Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) and by the Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (TM CAD). Hi Fly has also secured the following to operate in the United States: approval by the USA DOT (Department of Transportation), Ops Specs Part FAR 129, approval by TSA (Transportation Security Administration). The airline is also certified to operate worldwide without any restrictions, including foreign AOC by countries such as: Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan and Canada, amongst many others. Hi Fly operates a large fleet of Airbus aircraft: A320’s, A330’s and A340’s in full compliance with the EASA and EU OPS regulations as well as IOSA standards, the most demanding worldwide. In addition, the company complies with all the requirements contained in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) being authorized to transport Dangerous Goods, Weapons and Ammunition worldwide. With an extensive experience supplying aircraft for several Ministries of Defence and Governments, SkyTech offers a highly qualified customer service, with a long standing commercial, technical and operational experience. SkyTech guarantees the required level of confidentiality by customers as Hi Fly has security clearances up to NATO Secret and EU Secret. Current and future services: Military Transport, MEDEVAC, Tactical Airlift Training & Support, Cargo Transport, Emergency Response, Training, VVIP Transport, Tailor-made Solutions and Air-to-Air Refueling.


    TLD Group

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    http://www.tld-group.com

    TLD Group is the global leader for GSE and its sustainment. We design, manufacture, field and support high quality specialised military GSE, including operationally proven air-transportable K-Loaders, High and Low Pressure Air Conditioners, Liquid Chillers and Weapons Loaders, as well as a wide range of commercial equipment with military applications.


    ViaSat Inc.

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    http://www.viasat.com/

    ViaSat is on a mission to connect the world. As an end-to-end, turnkey Link 16 systems provider, ViaSat ensures government and military personnel have Link 16 communications access anywhere, so all operators and assets are accounted for – even at the most remote edges of the battlefield.


    Volga-Dnepr Group

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    http://www.volga-dnepr.com/en/

    Founded in 1990, Volga-Dnepr Group offers a ‘cargo supermarket’ of transport and logistics services for project cargo. The Group incorporates two of the world’s leading cargo airlines: • Volga-Dnepr Airlines is the world’s largest carrier of unique, outsize and heavyweight air cargo, performing charter services with its fleet of 12 An-124-100 freighters and five new generation IL-76TD-90VD cargo aircraft • AirBridgeCargo Airlines, with its modern fleet of 15 Boeing 747 freighters and additional B737Fs for regional and express cargoes, is one of the fastest-growing scheduled cargo airlines with a route network connecting the major markets in Asia, Europe and North America via its hub in Moscow The capability of Volga-Dnepr’s unique aircraft fleet is optimized by using the unique knowledge and expertise of its international team. This includes its Engineering & Logistics Centre (ELC) which takes responsibility for end-to-end deliveries of customers’ most complex loads, providing an integrated solution based on the potential use of any mode of transport as well as engineering design and manufacturing of special transport frames for cargoes, all ground support, the provision of special equipment, and the entire planning, liaison and documentation processes.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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