Become a CPD Provider

Becoming a CPD provider is a great way to establish you or your organisation as an expert of a given field, for example, accountants or beauticians.

A CPD Provider enables others to learn from their expertise and experience to enhance their own careers.

What is a CPD Provider?

CPD Providers are individuals or organisation that offers professionals the opportunity to gain or update their skills, education and knowledge by providing a range of courses (offline and online), workshops and seminars.

To become a provider you will need to be experienced in your subject area, have access to relevant resources and demonstrate professional competence.

The training can be run onsite for groups of employees from one company, or you can use your expertise to run courses for larger groups of people interested in your area. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many training providers have also pivoted to online courses and training.

These events could be restricted to certain professions (e.g. only lawyers) or open to anyone who wishes to attend (e.g. all HR professionals).

To look for providers that offer the type of courses you are interested in, search for your sector and location on the CPD Directory.

To register as a CPD provider, with UKCISA you need to:

  • Be experienced in your area of expertise;
  • Have access to adequate resources to run training courses;
  • Follow guidance on good practice for providers [link]; and
  • Complete the registration form on the CPD Directory

What are CPD Trainers?

CPD Trainers or training providers are those who provide courses, workshops and seminars to other professionals. The key ingredients for a trainer include:

  • Knowledge of the subject area(s) you want to teach
  • Experience of teaching or training others in that subject area(s)
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and patience

Benefits of becoming CPD accredited

First of all, you will be able to provide your customers with assurance that your company is committed to providing the highest standard of service and meeting their needs.

CPD providers boost their professional image by obtaining a well renowned qualification.

CPD accreditation can help give your company a competitive edge as well as demonstrate the best training and development to your current and potential customers.

There are also various promotional opportunities available through the website and directory which you can take advantage of in order to attract more customers and increase your business.

What does UKCISA do?

UKCISA, in conjunction with the CPD Standards Office , is responsible for ensuring that all providers meet the required standards and carries out regular audits to maintain good practice.

It can also provide support and guidance to all organisations and individuals who are subject to the standards.

How do employers benefit?

Employers can benefit from continuing professional development in many ways.

The provision of CPD activities, which are both up to date and relevant, will result in employees who are more skilled, better trained and more productive at work.

This provides companies with an advantage when competing for customers or contracts. The cost savings that result from happier, more productive employees are likely to outweigh the costs involved in running the training courses.

CPD can also help with staff retention, since satisfied employees are less likely to look for new jobs elsewhere.

Why use CPD Standards to become accredited?

CPD Standards offer a single set of standards and practices for adult and community learning, developed through the adult and community learning (ACL) sector.

We provide an integrated approach to quality assurance to help organisations develop and improve their CPD programmes.

The standards also help to demonstrate the value of CPD to customers, funders and other stakeholders and build public confidence in first-rate CPD.

What does getting CPD ready mean?

Getting CPD ready means knowing the themes, objectives and standards of CPD; understanding how to assess needs; making decisions about quality; taking practical steps to ensure quality; and managing key processes.

By getting your organisation or department ‘CPD-ready’, you can help strengthen organisational capacity to provide CPD.

This means having the expertise, skills and resources available to ensure that CPD is planned, delivered and reviewed effectively.

By becoming training providers you will be putting your organisational systems into practice for assessing needs; making decisions about quality; taking practical steps to ensure quality; and managing key processes.

You can also use some of these tools to help you assess your own competency and responsibilities as an individual.

Remember, being accredited CPD provider is not just about setting up courses; it’s also vital to ensure that any activity undertaken is effective in meeting the learning needs of those who attend. This can be achieved by having a clear idea of the aims and objectives which need to be met.

Getting CPD Ready

Welcome to this short piece on getting CPD ready. My name’s Amanda Rosewarne. I am co-founder and chief executive of The Professional Development Consortium, the organisation that’s home to the CPD Standards Office.

Many individuals and organisations ask us, before joining, how to become accredited. What do I need to do to structure a really good course or organize my learning portfolio?

In this short video, we’re just going to talk about how you can do that and how you can get CPD ready.

The training activities and coaching and learning opportunities that we accredit are those that have been structured really clearly, and as a result, fly through the assessment process.

In the assessment, we’re looking for three main things:

  1. We’re looking for your educational authority and credibility for delivering this training.
  2. What we call the delegate learning experience from end to end. From the moment someone sees your course advertised, to how they undertake it, to its evaluation mechanisms. What’s the journey that that person’s going to go through to learn with you.
  3. Then finally, your policies and procedures for keeping yourself up to date and also adhering to relevant government legislation.

When you’re preparing a learning or training activity… It doesn’t matter whether it’s an hour long, whether it’s a four-day course, whether it’s a six month modular course, the length really doesn’t matter. What we’re looking for is really clear, organized modules.

We’re looking for straightforward and relevant titles. We’re looking for an explanation of the value gap, that is what skills or knowledge is this course really drilling into, and what’s it going to achieve in terms of upskilling somebody.

We also want you to have a clear idea on who your target delegates are or what audience or topic this is going to contribute towards.

Then we also need not less than five, but about five to eight is about correct, learning objectives. What these are, are the points that the course will cover. We have additional information about learning objectives if you’re finding it hard to conceptualise them.

Just to recap, we’re looking for:

  • Straightforward titles
  • The value gap being filled
  • Who the delegates are and the audience you’re targeting
  • Learning objectives. When you’re designing your coursework, you need to be authoritative and educational.
  • You’ve also got to include people who are authors, with appropriate backgrounds because we will ask to see their CVs.

We also need to ensure, have you got a mechanism in place for keeping the content up to date? Because lots of training companies can fall foul of delivering the same content year after year and not necessarily keeping it updated.

We need to look at whether you have any third party verifications, and also we need to look at how you get delegate feedback. We’re also going to be looking at your marketing strategy and how you’re going to promote this to potential organizations.

Then lastly, we’re going to look at how you’re going to provide feedback, evaluation, and whether you’re providing a test in any way.

Preparing an activity for CPD accreditation is very straightforward. If you have any questions, one of our advisors will be more than happy to answer your questions. Please see cpdstandards.com for more information.