What is CPD or Personal Development?
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
CPD is the common term used for describing activities of learning that are proactive in sharpening and broadening your skills in your profession.
CPD can cover many methodologies and does not have to be classroom based. Workshops, E-learning, reading and conferences and events can all be classed as CPD, however for the correct practices and routes to accepted CPD for your profession, we ask that you check with your accreditation body or institute to ensure their specific requirements and what is acceptable.
PD is a lifelong process. It is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realise their potential.
Personal development is not something measured by an accrediting body necessarily - the only person you are accountable to is yourself.
Learning should not stop later in life as an adult - personal development raises confidence, leads to a better quality of life and can really empower an individual.
Engaging in CPD or PD ensures that both qualification and skills do not become outdated or forgotten and every individual can upskill themselves, either professionally or personally, at any point in their lives.