What is CPD?
CPD stands for 'Continuing Professional Development' and is commonly defined as:
"A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for personal or professional competence"
Any individual who works is increasingly expected to undertake CPD activities by their employer or professional institute.
CPD activities can include formal education, such as training courses and seminars, or work based learning activities, such as discussion forums, mentoring and e:learning.
What is PDP?
PDP is a sister term to CPD and stands for'Professional Development Planning'.
PDP is increasingly expected of most employees in order to ensure their skills and knowledge are kept up to date.
What is the difference between CPD and PDP?
There is no difference between CPD and PDP except that; individuals are generally expected to undertake CPD for their professional institutes, whereas PDP is a term typically used by employers.
What are CPD points?
CPD points are a way of recording your learning, and often form part of a Professional Institute's CPD policy that is an 'Input based' scheme.
Individuals usually have to achieve a set number of CPD points per year as part of their membership. The general 'rule of thumb' is 1 CPD point = 1 hour of taught education.