Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is the means by which members of professional associations maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives. CPD is defined as a commitment to structured skills enhancement and personal or professional competence. Details relating to CPD can be found by visiting the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) website linked to below.
All institutes and institutions require the formal recording of CPD activities and most have a policy which involves random sampling of members CPD records.
Membership of the professional bodies and the use of designatory letters are a mark of excellence and provide the opportunity to communicate and interact with people sharing a common interest. Service to the professional Institute or Institution at local, regional or national level is an opportunity to demonstrate managerial competence: Though any advancement through the grades of membership will need to demonstrate progression and a commitment to personal development, which can be shown by CPD.
Local and regional committees usually comprise all grades of membership from Student to Fellow and early participation in their activities can be a most rewarding learning activity and ensure early recognition of self.
Most professional bodies offer courses of training and learning opportunities to provide knowledge and understanding within the specialism they represent and promote.
In constructionsite unit Personal Development we looked at types of work based learning, if you haven’t completed that unit you should visit it to gain an insight into the types of work based learning available, a link to it is provided below.
Work based learning provides experience, proves competence to perform in the workplace and allows the individual to progress at their own rate in the presence of fellow practitioners who can provide mentoring and guidance during the period of career development and subsequently during CPD activities.
Professional Institutes and Institution Requirements
All Professional Institutes and Institutions require their members to undertake training and personal development throughout their working lives, this is known as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).