Monday, 8 August 2016

Are You Managing Your CPD Effectively?

CPD ensures you remain competent throughout your career.

What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development or CPD refers to any career development activities which develop your professional skills, knowledge or experience. CPD is important because it ensures you remain competent in your profession throughout your career.

CPD activities can be formal or informal and gained either on the job or outside your work environment. It’s a good idea to keep track of your CPD by recording and reflecting upon the resulting learning and development. 


Advantages of CPD

  • Ensures that your skills remain up to date and relevant
  • Helps you maintain and develop the knowledge and skills needed to do your job effectively
  • Keeps your up to date the current standards and best practice in your field of expertise
  • Helps you be more effective in your role leading to higher levels of job satisfaction, productivity and professionalism
  • Facilitates career progression by ensuring you constantly learning and developing
  • Enables you identify further areas for growth and development
  • Helps you remain connected to the objectives of your job role

Why you should document your CPD


There are many advantages to documenting your CPD including:
  • Gaining recognition for professional development which can lead to career progression
  • Helps you identify how your career is progressing and where you’d like to develop further
  • Evidences your competencies which can be helpful for salary reviews and promotion
  • Documents your activities making it easy to meet professional association CPD requirements
  • Provides details for CV development, job applications and interviews

What constitutes CPD?

  • Attendance at courses (face to face or online), workshops, seminars and webinars
  • Conferences, talks, professional networking events
  • Job shadowing and observation of colleagues in the workplace
  • Coaching, mentoring and professional supervision
  • Acting/covering another role in the organisation
  • Learning new duties and assisting colleagues in other roles or teams
  • Participating in activities that promote skills development such as delivering a presentation or hosting an event  
  • Contributing to a professional publication, knowledge sharing (e.g. mentoring/coaching others, writing a blog)
  • Reading or researching to gain insight or knowledge on a particular topic
  • Self-reflection on growth and development in response to incidents, change or other events

How should I record and manage my CPD?

It’s advisable to update and review your CPD record every 3-6 months to ensure you are meeting your career objectives. If your employer or professional association doesn’t have a CPD recording tool for you to use you can create your own. Simply create a table in word processing package such as MS Word or Excel table headed with the following columns: CPD activity, Date, Type, Details, Learning outcomes. You should also keep any evidence documents in a computer folder or a physical folder for later reference. 

Lisa LaRue, MCareerDev, BSocSc(Couns&HumServ), DipCareerGuid,  RCDP, MCDI, MAC is a Career Coach and Career Development Consultant at CareerWorx with more than 18 years' experience helping people plan and manage their careers.

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