CTSP retention

In order to retain Chartered Trading Standards Practitioner status, you will be required to submit the following each year, to prove ongoing competency is being maintained.

  • A personal development plan for the forthcoming year (using the form 2 PDP). To be signed off by you and your internal line manager
  • A minimum of 20hrs CPPD certificates (copies only) with a minimum of 10hrs core activities to be demonstrated. Events where no certificate was issued should be listed on the evidence schedule and signed by you and your internal line manager. Should you not recieve a certificate or this is lost, the submission should be accompanied by an agenda and learning outcomes, from the event in question 
  • An evidence schedule document (using the form 4 Evidence Schedule), listing training courses attended and relating to the above certificates. To be signed by you and your internal line manager

Certificates demonstrating TS qualifications are only required with the first submission to obtain CTSP status, copies of these certificates are not required to be seen again.

Although you may submit your CTSI CPPD confirmation certificate, this is not in itself an acceptable level of evidence to retain CTSP status. Both your initial application and subsequent retention submissions are verified independently by external verififers. CPPD certificates obtained throughout the year must be included in the submission.

The CPPD year runs on a calendar basis, and submissions should be tailored accordingly.


Comments from CTSI verifier on previous cycles

The verifier would like to provide all candidates with the following feedback with regards to future submissions.

  • personal development plan and evidence schedule: Many candidates did not include the required signatures on their documents. CTSI have informed candidates previously that if a certificate was unavailable, that the evidence schedule should be signed and accompanied by the agenda/learning outcomes from the event. 
  • personal development plans: Many PDP's using the form 2 were short on information and/or relevant dates. CTSI understand that when preparing a PDP some information will not be available, (such as the specific date of a course) however should the candidate be required to attend a refresher or has been delegated a new task an approximate date of when this should be achieved is required. If in doubt refer to the CTSI form 2. Additional guidance for the measure of success column includes: Attendance/completion at a course in itself does not demonstrate what you have learned from attending the course/meeting. The candidate needs to expand on these points giving examples of how it benefitted and how this will be applied to work situations. Use of terms such as specialist knowledge' should be supplemented with comments on how this will be achieved.
  • employer/Local Authority review forms: Will no longer be accepted for CTSP applications/retentions. Those registered as a CTSP must use the mandatory form 2 PDP and form 4 Evidence Schedule.
  • Evidence Schedules: candidates are asked to note the CPPD year runs on a calendar basis, any other dates will not be accepted and therefore the submission returned to the candidate.
  • examples: we have attached a sanitised CTSP submission sample (PDF 1245KB) of an actual submission which met the current CTSP and CPPD 10% review criteria. We would advise candidates follow these as examples of best practice.
  • deadlines: dates set by CTSI were frequently ignored. This led to the delay in certification being issued. In the next cycle we will be much more stringent to adhering to these timescales. We will not guarantee certification to those who make late submissions. We will issue reminders via email and in the membership update as per the last cycle.

We hope the following information will help smooth future submissions.