The CPD Standards Office – Training Academy

Part of the Professional Development Consortium

Welcome to the CPDSO Training Academy!

The CPD Standards Office (CPDSO) is a distinctive organisation, founded with the vision of understanding and enabling positive and successful CPD and learning experiences.

Part of the Professional Development Consortium, the CPDSO was formed from an academic university research project in 2010 focused on creating positive and successful CPD learning experiences.  Still vibrant today, the CPD research project actively explores how professional bodies, training providers and employers can collaborate to improve the quality of CPD training events; and ensure that all involved in CPD have the relevant and appropriate training, facilitation and commercial skills.

In the long term, the goal is to ‘raise the bar’ in order to consistently provide exceptional CPD learning experiences.

What is the Training Academy?

Responding to popular demand from a variety of our accredited members – training organisations, coaching businesses, professional institutes, membership organisation and internal Learning and Development departments – the CPD Standards Office is launching a training academy.

Designed as pan industry and topic agnostic workshops; the CPDSO Training Academy will be delivering skills and educating members with cutting edge information and intelligence.

The powerful content has been gleaned and collated from our unique position and vantage point, as an accreditation and research organization.

Having worked with 100s of training and coaching organisations, we know what works (and what doesn’t) and have exclusive insight into making a training or coaching business soar to the stars.

We are living in a time of great uncertainty where change is the only constant.

As business professionals, there is nothing you can do about the macroeconomic factors that affect your business and organisation. However, you do have one area that you can influence, and that is your business services and educational portfolio. You, and no one else, is in control of your business and its success.

In today’s VUCA world, all business professionals need to focus on developing their abilities and capabilities to respond to changing factors and the only way to do this is to become agile. It is imperative that you evolve your business services to become agile and well placed to respond positively to anything that comes your way.

“The Business of Training Masterclass – Become the Master of Your Training Business and Career”

The masterclass will enable CPDSO members, independent learning professionals and those employed within an organisation to develop their training businesses and roles positively and successfully in 2020

At this two-day masterclass, you will learn new strategic techniques and methodologies to further develop your commercial business acumen and create a blueprint for your business or your career development. At the same time, you will explore new concepts and approaches that can be translated into how you deliver your training.

You will specifically learn how to:

  • Build an agile and responsive business or role around training services
  • Reorient and refocus your business or role
  • Be resilient in the face of uncertainty and change in today’s business environment
  • Demonstrate your commercial understanding to clients/business leaders; confirming your understanding of the commercial needs of a business –  not only its learning and professional development needs
  • Increase the fees of your training, CPD and / or coaching services
  • Easily expand your learning portfolio and curriculum for 2020
  • Elevate your mastery in facilitating learning and CPD activities
  • Use your CPDSO and / or PTE accreditation strategically and successfully to attract more delegates in 2020 and beyond
Who is it for:

The “Business of Training” masterclass welcomes:

  • Established trainers working within their own business
  • Professional trainers working as associates
  • Professional individuals working in learning and development, human resources
  • Membership professionals working within CPD / membership engagement / professional development resources and careers advice
  • Expert coaches
How much does it cost?

The two-day masterclass carries a standard fee of £795 + VAT.

All CPD Standards Office and Provider of Excellence members receive a discounted fee of £395 + VAT.

When is it happening?

The Business of Training masterclass is piloting as a two-day course in November 2019.

The masterclasses are scheduled to run in Central London. Click on the Eventbrite links to find out the specific locations for each.

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Delivered by Experts:

Amanda Rosewarne

CEO of the CPD Standards Office; Amanda has worked with 100s of training businesses and will share her extensive knowledge and experience developed over the last decade.  As a qualified organizational business psychologist, she has led the CPD Research Project over the past decade in partnership with universities, business schools and educational organisations.  As an academic and business leader, she has elite knowledge of UK and global training markets.

Phil Ives

For nearly 20 years, Phil built and ran a number of highly successful B2B media companies across all continents and serving all major industries. Today he supports a broad range of owner/managers and business leaders around the world in many different sectors – all of whom are serious about change, and restless to drive their organisations forward quickly.

His mission is to support values-based businesses along their journeys by transforming the energy and capabilities required to gain control of their commercial and cultural destinies. His clients are left refocused, refreshed and re-energised.

Phil is known for:
– fast growth – revenues, profits and/or equity value
– challenging habits
– leveraging core capabilities / assets / IP
– designing and implementing transformational business systems
– building culture as an asset
– re-energising business leaders and their businesses
– an in demand international speaker

Embrace uncertainty

Preparing for 2020 is a critical task for training and coaching providers. We are living in uncertain economic times, where there is the opportunity for training businesses to flourish.

Rather than fear the outcome of Brexit (whatever it may be), the Business of Training masterclass is a must for any organisation working within the training or coaching arena.

Further Information

If you are interested in becoming involved with the academy, as a provider, or potential trainee, please contact Tracy Gravesande, our Head of Training Academy at

Please see here for slides from the ‘Becoming a Master Trainer’ webinar.

For our Terms and Conditions, please click here.