What is CPD?
- Formal or informal education and training
- Work-based learning
- Professional activities
- Self-directed learning
- Maintain a record of your professional development activities that can be transferred to your CV. Including CPD activities in your CV demonstrates your up-to-date knowledge and skills;
- Keep track of and provide evidence of professional development activities for inclusion in your career portfolio (or e-portfolio). Your career portfolio provides tangible evidence to back up your CPD claims;
- Most professional and regulatory bodies require you achieve a certain number of CPD points annually in order to retain your membership status. You can also use your evidence to prove necessary competencies to attain certification;
- Contribute to your CPD log as part of your workplace performance review. Keeping detailed CPD records can help you gain a promotion and/or a pay rise and demonstrate your commitment to your own career development.
- Helps you reflect on your own career development, identify skills and knowledge gaps, as well as recognise when qualifications/certifications may be required. This can help you decide upon future CPD activities. It can also be useful to examine your CPD as part of career counselling to determine which activities you have (or haven't) enjoyed.