SMi are proud to announce the 19th annual Military Airlift and Air-Air Refuelling conference and exhibition will return to Rome on the 4th – 5th December 2018, with an additional pre-conference focus day on Air-Air Refuelling on the 3rd December 2018.

Building on success of last year’s show, the 2018 edition sets to remain the key calendar date for the globe’s air mobility and airlift professionals with the latest crucial developments across heavy airlift, rotary wing airlift and AAR sectors being covered in-depth.

With operations becoming ever more international the need to upgrade and modernise platforms and build asset pooling and sharing between nations has never been greater. This has a renew importance in light of the growing remit of Air Forces – with humanitarian aid & disaster relief, aerial firefighting and hazmat transportation added to their purview.

New to this year: a dedicated pre-conference focus day on the 3rd December exploring Air-Air Refuelling in depth, analysing operations technology, mission planning & regulation, automatic air-air refuelling (A3R) and rotary wing perspectives.

With over 120 attendees, 2 drinks receptions, 4 hours of networking and an exclusive site visit to Getafe Airbase last year – the Military Airlift and Air-Air Refuelling Conference remains a key calendar date for professionals within strategic mobility.

  • Hear from key allied partners on their airlift and air-air refueling requirements based on their operational experiences
  • Industry briefings from key commercial partners in the airlift and AAR domain including Airbus, Viasat, Airborne Systems, JBTC, Jetex and more
  • Learn about key topics within the Military Airlift and AAR community including rotary wing AAR and airlift, resource pooling efforts, humanitarian and disaster relief airlift and rapid response and delivery capability 


Previous attendees include:

Air Tanker LTD; Airborne Systems; Airborne Systems Europe; Airborne Systems Limited; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space - Military Aircraft; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus SAS; AMSS Ltd; Antonov Airlines; Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports; Boeing; Cargo Facts; CASS / ALCOM; Cobham Mission Equipment; Continental Jet Services; Defense Update; Elix Aviation Capital Limited; Embraer; European Air Transport Command; European Defence Agency; European Tactical Airlift Center; FAM-Fuerzas Militares; French Air Force; German Air Force; Glasgow Prestwick Airport; Heavy Airlift Wing; Hi Fly; ILIAS Solutions; INTA - SP MoD; JAPCC; JBTC; Jeppesen ; JETEX; KH Inc; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Forth Worth; Lockheed Martin Information Systems; Logistikzentrum Der Bundeswehr; MCCE; Meggitt (Sensorex); National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA); NATO; NATO HQ; Nova Systems; NTi; OCCAR; Omni Air International; Recotech; RNLAF; Royal Netherlands Air Force; SHAPE; Skytech Inc; Spanish Air Force; Strategicomms / Flynews; The Boeing Company; TLD America; TLD Group; UK MoD; US Air Force; US Air Force Europe; US Air Forces Europe; US Air Mobility Command; USAF; ViaSat Inc.; ViaSat, Inc.; Volga Dnepr; Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo; World Fuel Services Europe Limited;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 SMi Group Opening Remarks

Mrs Sadia Malick

Mrs Sadia Malick, Director, SMi Group Ltd

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Laurent Donnet

Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting

9:15 Opening Address: Building Strategic and Tactical Airlift Capability

Major General Nicola Lanza de Cristoforis

Major General Nicola Lanza de Cristoforis, Deputy Commander, Italian Joint Operations HQ, Italian Air Force*




  • Balancing intertheatre and intratheatre capability and where enhanced systems are required
  • The niche uses of airborne transport: use of airlift by the Italian Air Force for Special Operations and aeromedical evacuation
  • How to overcome challenges around new technologies and infrastructure and how staff training and organisation offers a path forward
  • Platform update: how the C-27J has performed in recent exercises and its use in direct support activities
  • How joint operations are enabled by airlift and how this is coordinated in cross-branch missions


  • 9:45 Enhancing Total Force Readiness to Ensure Continuous Support Across the Globe

    Session Reserved for

    Session Reserved for, Air Mobility Command, US Air Force




  • How the core mobility missions of airlift, aerial refuelling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support function as an enabler for America’s international military presence
  • ‘Total force readiness’: building this vision through international partnerships
  • Working with other agency partners such as Military Sealift Command under the USTC UCC
  • Increasing ground force survivability through improved medevac
  • Feedback from exercise Mobility Guardian 2017 and possibilities for future operations
  • 10:15 Session Reserved for Boeing

    10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Airlift Versatility: How the A400M Meets Competing Requirements for Modern Operations

    Mr Andrew Ellson

    Mr Andrew Ellson, Cockpit and Operations Officer, OCCAR




  • The A400M – current military requirements and its flexibility in also supporting humanitarian and MEDEVAC missions
  • Carrying strategic loads into tactical locations with unprepared airstrips: why the platform remains critical for current missions
  • Integrating AAR capabilities to the A400M to extend flight time for front line aircraft
  • The A400M coalition of operators and how the nations work together through OCCAR
  • The ground support element: exploiting ground support devices for airlift
  • 11:45 Airbus Defence and Space: Keynotes From Industry

    Mr Ioannis Papachristofilou

    Mr Ioannis Papachristofilou, Head of Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space

    12:15 What does 'ETAP/ETAC Stand for ... and Does it Work/Help?

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser, Deputy to Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre




  • An overview about the history of European Tactical Airlift Programme (ETAP) and …
  • The remit of European Tactical Airlift Centre (ETAC)
  • Our products => projects (pooling and sharing as an efficient and effective solution)
  • A glance at the future
  • 12:45 Panel Discussion: Strategic Airlift Roundtable Discussion





  • Recent test and evaluation on the A400M – operational requirements derived from military testing
  • Balancing cargo, troop transport and MEDEVAC functions of the platform: how to ensure it remains truly multi-role
  • Optronics and avionics, ensuring that pilots have effective situational awareness when deployed to complex airspaces
  • Feedback from utilisation within mission parameters such as Operation Serval
  • How to extend flight time through effective AAR
  • Planning for legacy – locking in payload requirements for the next 10 – 20 years
  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting

    Colonel Oliver Fabre

    Colonel Oliver Fabre, Air Mobility Commander, French Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser, Deputy to Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre

    Mr Andrew Ellson

    Mr Andrew Ellson, Cockpit and Operations Officer, OCCAR

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto, Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management , NATO Support and Procurement Agency

    13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 An Introduction to the Heavy Airlift Wing – Building Strategic Partnerships

    Colonel James Sparrow

    Colonel James Sparrow, Vice Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability, Heavy Airlift Wing




  • What the Heavy Airlift Wing aims to achieve and how it delivers pooling and sharing
  • Mission composition and further plans to expand nation spread
  • How the Heavy Airlift Wing reacted in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and its wider role providing disaster relief
  • Working towards mission requirements: providing flexibility in airlift capability
  • Analysis of the C-17 and its role in providing strategic mobility for allied forces
  • Conducting mission runs in a degraded environment – how weather and hostile air space can influence mission planning
  • Lessons learned from deployment and how this fits into the wider future HAW apparatus
  • 15:00 Air Portable Logistics Support Equipment – Critical to Operations

    Mr Scott B Gwilliam

    Mr Scott B Gwilliam, Global Business Manager, JASE, JBTC


  • Versatility
  • Agility
  • Reliability
  • Safety
  • Affordability
  • Anecdotes
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Key Approaches to the Coordination of Military Lift and Air to Air Refuelling

    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Colonel Eric Herbaut, Director, MCCE




  • An introduction to the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) and its role in coordinating allied airlift and AAR aptitude
  • How the ATARES agreement balances nations assets and pools capability, contracts and access to commercial organisations
  • Recent feedback from exercise Trident Juncture and exercise Frisian Flag in pooling air assets
  • Developing a timeline for realising collaboration between partner nations on military sealift
  • Integrating new allied states into the MCCE agreement to further expand its remit and streamline resource use
  • 16:30 Leonardo Aircraft C-27J Spartan: a True Military Answer to Military Requirements

    Mr Eduardo Munhos de Campos

    Mr Eduardo Munhos de Campos, VP International Sales, Leonardo




  • Twin-engine turboprop with state-of-the-art technology in avionics, propulsion and systems.
  • High performances, high cost-effectiveness, extreme operating flexibility and the only aircraft of its class offering interoperability with heavier airlifters.
  • Capable of performing many missions such as transport of troops, goods and medicines, logistical re-supply, MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation), airdrop operations, paratroopers’ launches, search and rescue (SAR), fire fighting, humanitarian assistance and missions in support of homeland security.
  • 17:00 Supporting RAF Operations Worldwide

    Air Vice Marshall David Cooper

    Air Vice Marshall David Cooper, Officer Commanding No.2 Group, Royal Air Force*

  • An introduction to the work of No.38 Group and how it sits within the chain of command
  • How the Tactical Medical Wing has demonstrated lifesaving capabilities through effective aeromedical evacuation
  • The logistics arm of the force – how the A4 supports air operations and exercises across the globe
  • The work of No 1 Air Mobility Wing in enabling air movements and how the RAF intends to enhance this moving forwards
  • From ground segments to operation planning and execution: building a streamlined air mobility process
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:00 Networking Reception Hosted by Boeing

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting

    9:15 Enabling Rapid Global Mobility

    Session Reserved for

    Session Reserved for, Air Force Expeditionary Center, US Air Force


  • An overview of the work of the US Air Force Expeditionary Centre and how it feeds into wider US air mobility capability
  • Contingency response: fostering close relationships with coalition partners through tactical and air and ground operations
  • Unique challenges for global mobility: operating in low-light and adverse weather conditions
  • Priorities for enhancing contingency response – key approaches
  • US training and simulation for air mobility
  • Processing and planning: utilising effective training to ensure international operations are performed flawlessly
  • 9:45 The European Air Transport Command’s Solutions to 21st century Air Transport and Air to Air Refueling Challenges

    Major General (Select) Laurent Marboeuf

    Major General (Select) Laurent Marboeuf, Commander, European Air Transport Command


  • EATC as successful pooling and sharing – building and growing
  • EATC as multiplier of the multirole asset’s capabilities
  • EATC as an innovative business model to address the transition between legacy assets and new generation assets and to enhance interoperability
  • 10:15 Operational Support for Today’s Governmental and Military Flight Operations

    Mr Matias Magnasco

    Mr Matias Magnasco, Corporate Account Manager , JETEX


  • Specialized Agent Providing Flight Support Solutions
  • Worldwide Coverage For Military and Governmental Operations
  • 24 Hours Operation Centers
  • Presence In Conflict And Disaster Zones
  • 10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Canadian Tactical and Strategic Airlift

    Lieutentant Colonel Dean Rood

    Lieutentant Colonel Dean Rood, Senior Staff Officer, Air Mobility, Royal Canadian Air Force


  • Why the 1st Air Division is at the forefront of Canadian military airlift as the key response unit to international events
  • The airlift ground segment – an overview of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)
  • Feedback from deployment as part of Operation Mobile within Libya and how AAR capabilities allowed for extended flight time above Libyan air space
  • Overcoming unique arctic airlift challenges and ensuring that the Canadian Armed Forces can effectively operate within polar regions
  • How the CC-177 Globemaster provides unique air mobility and plans to upgrade its flight capacity
  • Enhancing interoperability with allied partners and how this streamlines coalition operations
  • 11:45 How Tankers are Connecting the Battlespace Through Broadband




  • Transforming tankers into a Situation Room in the Sky / Global Command Center
  • Expanding the tactical edge by connecting the disconnected
  • Delivering increased situational awareness to the battlefield
  • Mr Colin Sage

    Mr Colin Sage, Business Development Lead, Viasat

    Mr Phil Chacon

    Mr Phil Chacon, Business Development Lead, ViaSat

    12:15 How the Continental Movement Coordination Centre is Building the Logistic Capability of African Air Forces

    Group Captain David Akrong

    Group Captain David Akrong, Acting Chief, Continental Movement Coordination Centre




  • An introduction to the work of the Continental Movement Coordination Centre and its role and scope
  • How African nations have taken the lead on UN-backed peacekeeping missions in the region and what this means for logistical demands on military forces
  • How the CMCC feeds into the wider African Standby Force concept and key timelines for implementation
  • Exploiting both commercial and military airlift capability and roadmap for an African led airlift exercise
  • Training plans for utilisation of effective C2 within African-led airlift operations
  • Future priorities for the centre and working with key international partners as part of this approach
  • 12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Panel Discussion: Airlift for Humanitarian Response and MEDEVAC – Building Collaboration and Coordination




  • The importance of humanitarian response and MEDEVAC sectors and the role of airlift in providing rapid response to emerging emergencies
  • Humanitarian cargo: combating disaster through rapid provision of aid
  • Current aid packages available within partner organisations and cooperation with military forces to exploit assets for humanitarian airlift
  • Recent experiences of humanitarian airlift:
  • EU and UNICEF’s response to the earthquake in Nepal
  • UN-World Food Programme first aid airlifts to Iraq and Syria
  • Air-air refuelling as a tool to extend airlift reach and save lives through rapid crisis response
  • Saving time, saving lives: why effective MEDEVAC response time remains critically important to maximise the effectiveness of air response
  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting

    Mr Denys Saltanov

    Mr Denys Saltanov, Head of WFP Aviation Quality Assurance Unit, World Food Programme

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Airbus Defence & Space

    14:30 Airlift as a Means to Save Lives: Case Studies From the World Food Programme

    Mr Denys Saltanov

    Mr Denys Saltanov, Head of WFP Aviation Quality Assurance Unit, World Food Programme




  • The logistics challenges for humanitarian airlift and how to overcome them
  • Key case studies: delivering emergency foods from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot to Papua New Guinea
  • Handling large airlift tonnage and critical considerations for large scale relief operations
  • Enhancing response times to natural disasters to maximise lives saved
  • Considerations for platform landing in degraded environments – examples from the WFP’s recent efforts
  • Exploiting unmanned systems to maximise global coverage and provide rapid and flexible response capability
  • 15:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Maximizing the effect of Multi-National Intelligence support to Military Airlift

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Arve

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Arve, Head of Quality Assurance of Training and Education, Swedish Armed Forces




  • Intelligence support to airlift within a multi-national context: what it means and how to achieve it
  • Conducting operations in hostile and degraded environments – how to maximise survivability of air crews and platforms
  • Planning approaches that make use of effective situational awareness
  • How to coordinate and effectively integrate multi-source intel to optimise mission effectiveness
  • 16:30 Logistics in Degraded Environments

    Lieutenant Colonel Salvatore Tagliata

    Lieutenant Colonel Salvatore Tagliata, Logistic and Support Branch Head , Italian Army


  • The Somali Culture and heritage
  • Somali everyday life
  • The ambitions and aims of the EU Training Mission in Somalia and its current status
  • J4 (Logistics) presentation /logistical perspective
  • 17:00 Enduring Courage: Building the Gateway to Europe

    Session Reserved for

    Session Reserved for, 86th Airlift Wing, US Air Force Europe




  • How the C-130 provides strategic depth to US air mobility
  • Considering the operating environment of Europe: key challenges for deployment in congested airspace
  • The ground segment at Ramstein: building synergies between air formations and support teams
  • Air-air refuelling as a means to maximise flight time and enhance capability
  • Recent deployments over Libya: successes in providing fleet utility for air forces
  • The wings role in supplying humanitarian aid – how to enhance future air distribution
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting

    18:00 Networking Reception Hosted by Airbus


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Focus Days

    Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling 2018 Focus Day
    Focus Day

    Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling 2018 Focus Day

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    3rd December 2018
    Rome, Italy


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    2016-17 past attendee list


    Preliminary event brochure


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    IrvinGQ Ltd (formerly Airborne Systems ‘Europe’) headquartered in South Wales, has a pedigree in parachuting and aerial delivery that dates back nearly 100 years. We proudly unveiled the return to the IrvinGQ name and the new branding in June 2018. Irvin and GQ Parachutes are our core founding names and are brands that are well known and trusted in the market place. Our reputation is built on trust, knowledge and experience. We are the world’s most trusted design and manufacturing resource for Aerial Delivery solutions, Personnel Parachutes and Naval Decoy Systems. IrvinGQ has recently successfully live dropped our “ATAX” Rapid Rig/De-Rig Aerial Delivery System in multiple configurations from C130. This introduces a new and highly capable Aerial Delivery System to the market, which transform the capability and speed at which military assets can be deployed. IrvinGQ: Transforming the landscape of Aerial Delivery.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    JBT® - Mission capable Mission ready. 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. Military Products: JBT offers specialized military products including Jetpower® ground power units for virtually all military cargo and fighter aircraft – including the F35 with its 270VDC requirements. 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 diesel powered towable carts, in hangar-based fixed applications, and as carts offering combinations of conditioned air and power. JBT offers an expanding line of military ground support equipment with the recent acquisition of AMSS (UK). AMSS supplies military loaders, maintenance staging and coolers for rotary and fighter aircraft including the Typhoon fighter. Military ground support equipment includes pallet and cargo loaders, deicers, and pushback/tow tractors. JBT supplies the Halvorsen 3 pallet (25k) loader to the USAF and other militaries as well as the Atlas 4 and 5 pallet (40k, 50k) high-lift loaders. These are air-transportable, high-lift loaders capable of servicing C130s up to B747 cargo aircraft. JBT offers the AgileAir, a replacement for the aging Dash60 and C10 power and air carts (A/M32A-60, A/M31C-10). A single diesel powered cart, the AgileAir supplies three capabilities - conditioned air, bleed air and electrical power – doing so in less space, with a fraction of the fuel, and with much quieter operations. Reduce your logistics footprint with AgileAir. For more than 50 years, JBT® has been the name relied on for the very best in commercial and military AGE and tarmac related products and services. For more information please call 801-627-6600 or visit www.jbtc.com/aerotech .


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    For government agencies and military entities, every mission is critical. You need services and supplies delivered on time, at cost, and as expected. Jetex provides ground support and fuel uplifts for routine flights, VIP operations, and relief flights to disaster and war-torn areas around the globe. Our dedicated operations team, built by former military personnel, understands the requirements and nuances of even the most complex missions. Jetex is a founding member of MEBAA, a strategic member of IATA, NBAA, EBACE, and is a frequent contributor and sponsor of the industry’s outreach programs. Fly your mission and let Jetex handle the rest.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Leveraging the design and integrated support of commercial and military aircraft, trainers and unmanned aerial vehicles, Leonardo has developed mission-specific aircraft. The C27J is the most flexible, robust and reliable tactical transport aircraft on the market. Designed to support a variety of missions such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and tactical transport and built to operate from short unpaved runways in the harshest environments. Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, developing advanced components to fully integrated systems and platforms.

    SHZ Aviation

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    SHZ Aviation is a specialty finance company, providing leasing type solutions for military and other special mission aircraft. We use financing tools that have been developed and perfected for over four decades within the world of commercial aviation, and apply them, with the appropriate modifications, to the unique world of military aviation. Our hallmark is creativity and financial flexibility, which enables us to tailor every transaction to the specific requirements of each operator. Our approach is particularly relevant for the financing of military cargo aircraft, trainers, air refueling tankers, ISR and maritime patrol aircraft, enabling OEMs to sell their products, without requiring their clients to pay the entire acquisition cost upfront. Additionally, through the execution of sale/leaseback transactions, we may acquire used aircraft and lease them back to their existing operators, thereby freeing up capital which could be used for maintenance purposes or for acquisitions.

    TLD Group

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    TLD Group is the global leader for Ground Support Equipment and its sustainment. We design, manufacture, field and support high quality specialised military GSE, as well as a wide commercial range compatible with military airlift and MRTT platforms. TLD’s operationally proven, air-transportable PFA-25 and PFA-50 K-Loaders, High and Low Pressure Air Conditioners, Liquid Chillers and Weapons Loaders support leading air forces on deployed and main base operations around the world.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections with the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that counts, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.

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    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary



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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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