One of the requirements of our academy charter is that all lecturers and trainers undertake a minimum of 30 hours of continued professional development over the year.
We may from time to time undertake spot checks to verify this has been met.
What does CPD mean?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting skills, experience and knowledge you aquire both formally and informally after your initial training. It is a life long record of what you have experienced, learned and applied. Many people keep a portfolio or physical folder, documenting your development within your sector.
There is no one method to aquire CPD, nor is there a fixed definition of what constitutes a CPD activity. Any activity that provides an educational benefit to you is worthwhile, and therefore eligible for CPD.
The different types of CPD
There are two types of CPD, formal and informal. Formal is structured learning, whereas informal is self-directed learning.
Formal CPD often follows set curriculums, usually approved by independent accreditation services like the Centre of CPD Excellence. The role of independent accreditation services is to prove that courses are effective, well-structured and meet national minimum standards.
The learner is engaged in interactive, participation-based learning, usually provided by third party training companies.
Structured CPD includes:
- Online or offline training courses
- Conferences or workshops
- Group events
Informal CPD is self-directed learning involving any developmental activities guided solely by the learner.
Informal CPD includes:
- Reading online of offline publications written by industry experts
- Reading articles or case studies
- Listening to podcasts or webinars
- Writing articles for personal development
- Attending exhibitions
You can download a CPD record form from the link below.