Continuing Professional Development

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What is Continuing Professional Development?

We are pleased to announce that for the first time, the Advanced Engineering 2017 Open Forums are now Continuing Professional Development certified. Post event, certificates will be emailed out to all attendees.

About The CPD Certification Service

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

What is CPD?

Professionals across all industries are aware of the importance of training & development, and the need to enhance skills to stay proficient in the workplace. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is to keep professionals up to date with relevant training, information, skills and knowledge so that they remain competent throughout their career journey. CPD enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than merely reactive. CPD creates positive change through a methodical approach to learning.

How does CPD work?

The vast majority of institutions and professional bodies provide individuals with CPD targets generally expressed on a temporal or numerical basis. These targets are defined by the accrual of CPD activities through training, seminars & workshops, events & conferences, as well as other structured forms of learning. CPD is sometimes expressed in the form of hours, points, units or credits. Responsibility for recording CPD hours always lays with the individual. They need to be aware of relevant professional body’s CPD requirements to understand precisely what parameters are required of their on-going learning and how it should be record. An individual usually manages his or her professional development using CPD record forms. Keeping accurate CPD records helps reflect on personal progress over time. When an individual completes a CPD activity, they will often be required to provide evidence. This can be obtained using CPD Certificates, or Self-Assessment forms which are generally made available by the training provider.

An individual should explain the learning outcome for the completed activity on his or her CPD record form, attach the associated Certificate as evidence, and apply any new skills acquired in practice.

Benefits of CPD

CPD increases professional confidence and overall capability. CPD generally compliments career aspirations. Providing time to complete formal CPD allows an individual to take time away from day-to-day responsibilities, and adopt an enhanced strategic and tactical overview of workplace challenges. CPD does not have to be done all at once, and can be split into bite-sized, “modularised” segments. This is a significant benefit to those constricted by time, resource and budget.