Continuing Professional Development (CPD) What does it really mean?
CPD plans are an excellent way of demonstrating your commitment to your own professional development. By recording your learning, ideas and techniques and the impact these have on your work, you will not only maintain but enhance and broaden your knowledge and skills.
How can CPD help me?
There are many practical advantages to CPD but it really is a case of 'you will get out what you put in'.
The key to successful CPD is in the word 'continuing'. By routinely planning, recording and reflecting your professional development it becomes easier to measure and evaluate. Plotting and tracking your professional learning progress will help you reach your goals.
CPD can help you by:
- Proving that you keep up to date with best practice
- Strengthening your professional credibility with current and future employers
- Improving your confidence
- Increasing your job satisfaction
- Accelerating your career development
- Demonstrating your commitment to professional development
What counts as CPD?
The IoF uses a reflective learning method of CPD recommended by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The principle of reflective learning is thinking about what you learn, how you learn and how you can apply it in the real world.
We don’t ask you to count hours or collect points. We do ask you to reflect on your learning needs, identify how these can be met and capture your learning experiences documenting how you have benefitted.
'Learning' is the act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviours, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information drawn from different formats and experiences. Formal training, such as attending a training course is only one of many activities that can count towards your CPD. Reading a relevant article or work-shadowing a colleague for the day are valuable learning opportunities and should also be taken into account.
The most important question to ask yourself with every aspect of learning that you decide to undertake is: 'What do I want to achieve and how do I apply it in practice?'
See some examples you may wish to consider towards your CPD are shown here.
How can we help you?
We have put together a free downloadable form for IoF members to record CPD progress, which you can print, record your achievements and add to your CPD folder.
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