Who needs CPD?
Across the UK workforce, CPD is expected of most individual professionals in most sectors. It is generally governed by sector-specific professional bodies or regulators. Employers also increasingly expect their staff to undertake CPD, and may even measure them on it.
Anyone who is a member of a professional body is likely to have CPD requirements laid out for them by the body, rather than by their employer. There are currently over 2,000 professional bodies, institutes and membership associations nationally in the UK. They represent all industries and professions, and all have CPD policies known as CPD schemes.
Anyone who works within a sector that is formally regulated (e.g. by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Financial Conduct Authority), is likely to be required to track and progress their CPD in order to maintain their license to practice or professional qualifications. Regulatory bodies are established to ensure that the public receives services of the required standard, so CPD is taken very seriously.
Employers will often support with CPD, and may even contribute to CPD plans. However, the onus is very much with the individual to source CPD training activities that meet their personal learning needs and objectives.
For training and learning providers, this offers a great opportunity to help individuals enhance their careers. By having a formal CPD accreditation, your training activities will have a much stronger appeal.
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“Pitman Training Group’s ethos is delivering training programmes that help to support life-long learning for our students. In this respect, there is a clear synergy with Pitman Training and CPD.
We sought accreditation from The CPD Standards Office to add value to prospects and employers, as CPD is clearly in demand from employers and individuals wishing to develop their careers, and we feel it should be inbuilt into the fundamentals of all companies in any sector of the industry.
We are pleased to confirm that all of our training products are now fully CPD accredited, and working with The CPD Standards Office to achieve our accreditation was a great process. We received ongoing support and advice throughout our assessment and it was a pleasure working with Amanda and the rest of her team whilst being assessed.
We are looking forward to continuing working with The CPD Standards Office throughout our accreditation, and gaining more information on the CPD landscape and how to successfully operate within it.”
– Claire Lister, Pitman Training