What is CPD?
CPD is crucial for you as a professional, to stay up to date, competent and succeed in your field. This includes attending training programs and events, reading, engaging with mentors, and networking.
It helps you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your field and improve performance, ensuring the highest standard of work and better outcomes for your clients.
Continuous updating and refining of your skills helps you stay ahead of the curve and remain a leader in your field.
Do I have to do CPD?
CPD may be mandatory or voluntary depending on your profession and regulatory body. However, engaging in ongoing professional development is recommended to maintain and improve your skills, knowledge, and competencies.
This can benefit your career advancement, job satisfaction, and overall professional growth. Staying up to date with the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in your field can increase your effectiveness, efficiency, credibility, reputation and expand your professioanl career opportunities.
What types of CPD are there?
- Formal CPD: This includes structured learning activities, such as attending conferences, workshops, seminars, courses, and online training programs.
- Informal CPD: This includes self-directed learning activities, such as reading books, journals, and articles, conducting research, and participating in online discussions and webinars.
- Reflective CPD: This involves reflecting on one’s professional practice, identifying areas for improvement, and taking action to address them. This can be done through self-reflection, peer review, and feedback from clients or colleagues.
- Experiential CPD: This involves learning from real-life experiences, such as taking on new projects, working with different clients or teams, and participating in mentoring or coaching programs.
- Collaborative CPD: This involves working with other professionals, such as participating in communities of practice, peer learning groups, and professional networks.
- Accredited CPD: This involves participating in CPD activities that are accredited or recognised by professional bodies or associations, which can help demonstrate one’s competence and expertise in their field.