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A complete guide to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Johanna Dumas

Are you interested in developing both if you non-technical and technical skills of your employees?

Continuing professional development should be a planned and systematic process. The ultimate goal of continuing professional development should be to both develop and maintain the innovation, creativity, and competence of a professional.

Participating in any project that increases or maintains the technical skills, knowledge, professional performance, or problem-solving capabilities of an individual. Are you interested in learning more about continuing professional development? We've created this complete guide to help you get a better understanding of what continuing professional development is.

Keep reading to learn more! 

What is Continuing Professional Development or CPD?

Continuation of professional development, also known as CPD, refers to documenting skills and process of tracking the which allow Professionals in an organization experience and knowledge in both formal and informal training. 

Some companies will use CPD as a part of their development plan or the training plan but offering CPT in a business setting is vital. Continuing professional development is essential for any business to have for both staff development and employee retention purposes.

What professions need continuing progessional development?

Some professions use the term 'continuing professional development' in a formal setting. During this, there is a requirement that a certain amount of developmental activity that needs to be carried out and documented. 

This is sometimes a condition of maintaining the membership of, a professional body, or license to continue operating in a specific field.

There are other areas where continuing professional development is used in an informal situation. However, a commitment to improving and learning is expected of anyone in any professional setting. Continuing progessional development involves the development of personal qualities that are required for performing technical and professional duties in professional life.

Why is continuing professional development important?

The CPD Research projects survey of over 1,000 people found a high correlation between the undertaking and valuing continuing professaional development, as well as a commitment to the job. Given his staff have been shown to work order and to stay longer with an organization. (Amanda Rosewarne, CPD Research Project, www.whatiscpd.com)

Some of the benefits that your business and your team can expect to see when going through continuing professional development training includes: 

  • Higher employee engagement
  • More qualified staff
  • Improved job performance
  • Cultivate learning culture
  • Building employee confidence
  • Demonstrates credibility
  • Helps with career progression
  • Ensures that company standards are high and consistent
  • Keeps employee skills up-to-date and relevant
  • Improves staff commitment to job positions
  • Maximizes staff potential
  • Improves the morale of staff
  • Provides benchmarks for staff evaluations 

The benefits of providing continuing professional development to your staff are nearly endless. Keep in mind that providing continuing professional development is an ongoing process, so you'll never stop seeing the benefits of providing your staff with CPD. 

What is the right CPD for your company?

When you're deciding on the best way to approach continuing progessional development in your business, you first need to determine if it's going to be informal or formal.

Formal continuing professional development training will provide your professionals with paid training courses. An external partner usually provides these courses. While education can add to your budget, you can avoid overspending on your budget by setting limits. You could also consider providing your employees with access to online courses that are provided at a discounted rate. 

With informal learning, you can offer training sessions through literature, mentoring, video training, or coaching. You can implement a structure to continuing professional development within your company by offering a time slot every week to educate your employees. Additionally, you could allocate a schedule for learning to help keep your employees on track with their learning and with their responsibilities within your company. 

How do you best manage continuing professional development?

1. Determine the right CPD for your company

Whether you decide you make your continuing professional development formal or informal depends on your company's needs, available time slots and budget. 

2. Make CPD personal and indivually tailored

One of the most important things for continuing professional development is that this training is personal. Allowing each individual to explore and identify their own needs, as well as learning more about themselves, allows room for growth. Part of offering continuing progessional development in your company will be providing your employees with room to take responsibility of their own skills.

3. Provide time off for training

Have you decided that you're interested in providing your employees with formal training? It would help if you used an absence management system like kiwiHR that will provide you with access to keep track of how long your employees will be taking off to complete their training. You could also decide to provide specific times for employees to complete training on their own.

All you have to do is create a project in kiwiHR and name it continuing professional development. You'll automatically receive reports on how much time your employees are dedicating to continuing their education.

4. Share educational resources

When you're using a company wiki, you'll have the ability to upload several related documents at once. You'll be able to share these files with employees. 

With kiwiHR, you'll be able to group these related documents into the same folders. You can even organize them in a file that every one of your employees can have access to. 

Plus, you can also share other resources that can help your employees further their education! Whether your employees peter video tutorials or other helpful resources, you won't have to worry about running out of storage space with kiwiHR.

Understanding the importance of continuing professional development

No matter what type of continuing professional development you provide to your employees, your team will benefit from continuing professional development. As an employer, you'll also reap the benefits of providing your team with continuing professional development. 

kiwiHR provides you with the ability to efficiently manage your team's continuing professional development, while also sharing valuable resources with everyone. Click here to try kiwiHR free for 14 days! 

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