The following definition can be applied to CPD.
“CPD is the means by which members of professional associations maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives.”
Benefits of Continuing Professional Development(CPD)
The term CPD is being used both locally and abroad for the ongoing self-development of professionals. In effect CPD requires that professionals undertake learning activities that develop and maintain capabilities to perform competently within the professional environments.
The corporate and financial sector look at the members of any professional body with an expectation for updated knowledge and skills and will not accept any member of a professional body that does not conform to some form of CPD. Members of the professional associations thus have a professional duty to develop the skill and knowledge base for themselves.
Planning, doing and recording your CPD will allow you to:
The professional association in particular and the profession in general will benefit by having:
The market will benefit from:
CPD is about improving your own performance and those of others at work, enhancing your career prospects, increasing your capacity for learning and being more efficient and confident when faced with challenges.
Your CPD activities would include:
Following three exemptions are available to students:
Continuing Professional Development
CPD, on its own, does not provide assurance that all members will provide high quality professional service all the time. Doing so involves more than maintaining professional competence; it involves applying knowledge with professional judgment and an objective attitude. Also, there cannot be assurance that every person who participates in a CPD program will obtain the full benefits of that program, because of variances in individual commitment and capacity to learn. Nevertheless, it is certain that members who are not up-to-date on current technical and general knowledge pertinent to their work will not be able to provide professional services competently. Therefore, despite the inherent limitations of any CPD program, a CPD requirement is important in preserving the standard of the profession and also in maintaining public confidence.
It is the responsibility of the individual member to develop and maintain professional competence necessary to provide high quality services to clients, employers and other stakeholders. Members are free to choose from the opportunities both locally and internationally available, as approved by the CPD Committee, to fulfill their relevant CPD needs.
This Directive prescribes that members:
Foster a commitment to lifelong learning establish benchmarks for developing and maintaining the professional competence necessary to protect the public interest and monitor and enforce the continuing development and maintenance of professional competence.
CPD can be achieved by at least three different approaches: