What is CPD accreditation
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), is the committed process of continually developing your understanding, knowledge, and skills, in areas relevant to your work.
CPD has long been a requirement in many professions, and now employers more generally are expecting their employees to sign up to the idea of CPD.
As well as continually improving your grasp of topics relating to your working life, engaging in CPD also ensures that your knowledge stays relevant by keeping you in touch with fresh ideas, research and other developments in your field.
It may not be necessary to stick rigidly to topics of study related directly to your work though, as any activity which will broaden your professional expertise can be considered as CPD.
For example, an accountant doesn't just need accountancy skills; learning about emotional intelligence or how to communicate effectively would be worthy of inclusion in a CPD portfolio.
Similarly, a teacher or social workers might find topics such as nutrition or budgeting skills would be relevant to their work with some of those they teach or support.
How can CPD help you?
Studying a course or taking part in an activity that is CPD certified will count towards your Continuing Professional Development hours. In some jobs, it is a requirement to complete a specified number of hours each year, but even where this is not the case CPD will enhance your prospects and probably your outlook as well.