C.P.D. – three letters that leave people either feeling cold or positive about their development. The question I get asked a lot is ‘do we really need to carry out CPD activity and if we do what do we need to do?’
The answer to this question is really easy, it is “Yes and do what you need”
Continuing Professional Development or CPD for short does what it says on the tin. Whether you are an assessor, IQA or a trainer, CPD is something you are required to do to ensure you are keeping your professional and occupational skills, knowledge and understanding up to date and reflecting what is happening in industry.
Those of you who are carrying out regular CPD are no doubt aware of the benefits this brings to the work you do and how you are perceived by your candidates and your peers. When you can discuss with them current trends in industry or talk about new products you are showing that you are currently competent and this will instil faith in you and what you do.
Regular and relevant CPD activity is also something that is required for you to carry out as part of the GQA Licencing process.
There is a misunderstanding of what CPD is, when I ask people they talk about going on a training course or attending seminars of staff meetings. Yes these tasks are all relevant to CPD, however there is so much more that you can use as CPD, these include:
- Attending standardisation meetings
- Reading trade magazines, journals, product updates
- Reading blogs or viewing websites
- Discussions with colleagues
- Information picked up during observations with candidates on courses or during assessment
- Tasks you completed in your own time that could be related to what you do
So as you can see there are lots of tasks that can be used as CPD, the important thing is that they are recorded somewhere normally in a CPD log and you have reflected on what you have gained from it.
So, CPD is not hard to achieve, you just need to keep it relevant to what you do and to record what you did, why you did it and what you gained from it.