Plagiarism is unacknowledged copying or an attempt to misattribute original authorship, whether of ideas, text or results.
Plagiarism can include “theft or misappropriation of intellectual property and the substantial unattributed textual copying of another’s work”. Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut-and-pasted without appropriate and unambiguous attribution. Such training manuals or other teaching resources would not be considered for accreditation by the Centre of CPD Excellence. Aside from wholesale verbatim reuse of text, due care must be taken to ensure appropriate attribution and citation when paraphrasing and summarising the work of others. When reusing text, whether from the internet or other training academies training resources, appropriate attribution and citation are necessary to avoid creating a misleading perception of unique contribution for the learner.
Centre of CPD Excellence assesses all such training resources on their individual merits. When plagiarism becomes evident, we may refuse your training resources and cancel your accreditation. No fees will be refunded in this instance. Centre of CPD Excellence uploads documents to a service that uses software tools to screen submitted manuals for text overlap.
Purchased training resources
Centre of CPD Excellence is happy to accept purchased training resources from third party sites or companies. Where purchased training resources are used, you may need to provide evidence of the transaction, including, but not limited to, an invoice or letter of permission from the company where the resources were purchased.