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Reflective Practice Discussions

As part of your IFoA CPD, members should carry out a reflective practice discussion with an 'appropriate person' of your choosing.

A reflective practice discussion is a conversation in which you reflect on how your CPD activities have helped you to meet your learning objectives for the year.

The discussion can take place any time after you have completed your 15 hours of CPD activities.

An ‘appropriate person’ is an individual who understands the nature of your work and your career development needs. This might be an actuarial peer, a colleague or a line manager. You can log in to access a list of IFoA volunteers who will fulfil this role for you.

More information on the Reflective Practice Discussions is available from this help sheet

Some members will be selected for a reflective practice discussion with the IFoA executive. These discussions will start in September 2021. More information is available below. 

What does a reflective discussion look like?

Watch our two short videos to see what a reflective practice discussion might look like.

In both videos, Melissa is played by Ji-Hyang Lee and Bob by Dermot Grenham, both of whom are IFoA members and sit on the Scottish Board.

Reflective practice discussion with a volunteer from the pool of ‘Appropriate Persons’ 

Melissa and Bob meet again: a reflective practice discussion one year on



Reflective Practice Discussions with the IFoA

Beginning in September 2021, the IFoA will launch a programme of Reflective Practice Discussions with its specialist team. A number of members will be randomly selected and receive an invitation. The discussions will take place over the course of the year.

Members shall provide their record of activities in advance to inform the discussion. They will be asked a series of questions the aim of helping them reflect on the outcomes of their activities and how that learning was applied. They will also receive additional support to identify new development objectives and explore other topics. 

The team may stay in touch afterwards to help members through their CPD year. 

More information on the IFoA discussions is available in this help sheet.


Reflective Practice Discussion (RPD) toolkit

To assist in identifying future learning objectives, the IFoA will be creating a series of RPD Toolkits on different areas to assist in your RPD’s. The toolkit will allow you to explore each area further and consider whether you should learn more about it. The first in our series of toolkits is focussed on Climate Change and Sustainability.

The toolkit will allow you to explore your understanding and knowledge about this important topic by working through a number of questions. You will then be directed to relevant resources to help you learn more about different topics within that subject area.

Contact Details

If you have any enquires about CPD, please contact the Membership Team

We aim to respond to all enquiries within two working days.

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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

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    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

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    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

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    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
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    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

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    This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.

    The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.

  • Life 2021 Webinar Series

    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
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    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

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    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.