For many roles, CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is a crucial aspect to keep up to date with knowledge and trends within the industry. Completing a variety of CPD aspects can help with confidence in the role itself and credibility to the individual. For companies that offer development to their employees, it also helps retention rates within the company as well as adds value. If employees are keeping skills up to date, this can also put the organisation one step ahead of its competition.
According to The CPD Certification Service, “CPD is the holistic commitment of professionals towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers”.
They continue to explain that “Engaging in Continuing Professional Development ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.”
Development can be found on the top of many peoples lists within the workplace. It is beneficial for the employees career progression and advancement and many organisations now commit to CPD programmes because of this. It can be difficult to find the time to complete Professional Development training, so to reap the rewards it is important that time is spent on high quality and relevant content. One of the first things anyone should do is identify the specific skills that they, or their team members, need to develop before planning the next steps of training.
Learning on the job, reading a relevant article, or simply attending a conference all count towards CPD, it’s not just the formal training you attend.
By taking part in CPD, it benefits companies immensely:
For the individual:
Allows you to fill gaps in your knowledge and skills to become more productive and efficient.
Builds confidence and credibility to stand out from the crowd
Achieves your career goals
For the employer:
Enhances customer confidence and loyalty
Increases employee competency, resulting in greater efficiency in the workplace
Boosts morale and motivation in the workforce
If this has motivated to get your CPD plan into place, then there’s plenty of advice online depending on your industry. You can never learn too much!