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Continuing Professional Development

What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which professionals maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills. The world is moving ever faster so on-going CPD is essential to support you in your current role as well as helping you with career progression.  CPD is all about upgrading knowledge, skills and capabilities to remain effective and compliant. 

You are already likely to be participating in learning activities which contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development without realising it.  Almost everything that improves your knowledge and skills is considered as CPD.  Use CIPS CPD to gain recognition for yoCPD logour learning.

If you see the CPD logo anywhere on the CIPS website this means that the activity counts towards your CPD. The number in the top right hand corner explains how many CPD hours that the activity is worth.

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How CPD benefits you

By taking a planned and structured approach to continuous learning throughout your career you’re more likely to:

  • Perform better in your current job
  • Gain a competitive advantage over peers
  • Achieve greater choice, employment mobility and earning potential
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Develop your professional capability and enhance your reputation

How CPD benefits your organisation

The organisation you work for can benefit from your commitment to Continuing Professional Development.  Your hard work can lead to:

  • Higher workplace performance
  • Higher skilling of staff
  • Improved morale and staff motivation
  • Development that can be linked to the needs of the organisation
  • Unlocking of talent and potential within the organisation
  • Prove to employers your commitment to professionalism

Your new CPD scheme

CIPS improved CPD service:

  • is easier to record and track your learning – many learning activities you undertake are automatically loaded onto your CPD record.
  • reflects the hours you put in – rather than based on points, CIPS CPD is based on the number of hours spent learning.
  • recognises your learning achievements – by recording and reflecting upon your CPD you may qualify for silver or gold CPD status.
  • provides a tangible record your professional development – with easy to use reporting you can provide evidence to current and potential employers of your ongoing commitment to professionalism.

CPD is for every CIPS member – especially you.

Whether you are a Studying Member, Affiliate, full Member or Fellow, whether you are studying, working full- or part-time, or undertaking a career-break, CPD helps you stand out and stay ahead.

Access your CPD account

All CIPS members have a personalised online CPD account where they can record and track their learning activities.

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