CPD A brief introduction.pdf

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The concept of CPD can broadly trace its roots to the decades
following World War II, when institutional bodies identified a need
for structured further learning post formal qualification.

Allocating time for CPD is the individual’s responsibility. They need to
identify the CPD requirements for their organisation/industry to
understand how their CPD learning should be recorded and how much
time is required. The level of CPD necessary for any individual can vary
between sectors.

Up until this point it had largely been assumed that qualified
professionals would identify and initiate their knowledge
enhancement requirements on a casual or voluntary basis.
However, in an increasingly litigious and technologically advancing
business and professional environment, the need became apparent
for a more disciplined and structured approach to further learning.
Over the past two decades this commitment to CPD has spread
beyond those affiliated to institutional bodies and is now embraced
throughout all sectors.

Regulated industries tend to expect professional bodies & associations
to ensure a mandatory CPD policy is implemented across the various
roles and job functions working within that sector. This can be seen
clearly within traditional sectors such as law, construction, healthcare,
medical, financial services and accountancy but is equally pervasive
in newer professions such as IT, communications, marketing, human
resources and business management.
CPD enables an individual to regularly apply attention to areas of
development and take appropriate action to reduce any deficiency in
knowledge. Equally, an individual must see Continuing Professional
Development as a way to remain competitive with his or her peers,
and as an opportunity to differentiate themselves at moments where
this may be required, such as in job interviews or in tenders for new
work and business acquisition.
As more people become professionally qualified with similar
qualifications, CPD can be important as a means of separating
yourself from the pack.