What does this actually mean for individuals:
Continuing Professional Development helps individuals to regularly focus on how they can become a more competent and effective professional. Training and learning increase confidence and overall capability, and compliments career aspirations.
CPD enables individuals to adapt positively to changes in work/industry requirements. Planning CPD helps one to be more efficient with time, and recording CPD properly provides evidence of professional development (this can be useful for supervision and appraisals).CPD shows a clear commitment to self-development and professionalism. CPD provides an opportunity for an individual to identify knowledge gaps and to resolve these in a recognisable approach to improvement.
This is why language development is so suited to CPD strategies. The process of developing language skills is implicitly a continuous one and employees should be urged to adopt CPD strategies in their development of a second/third language skill. Tangent Training provides detailed data on measuring language development skills, uptake, usage and their improvement.
Accredited CPD Providers should make available to individuals a Certificate of Attendance to attach to their CPD log as evidence of development once training is complete or the desired standards of learning have been met.
So, it’s important to understand that truly meaningful CPD is a process of planning, recording, evaluating and reflecting on what we’ve learnt and how we can apply our learning to improve our performance.
And to justify the term, CPD needs to be:
So, the challenge is to develop a sound CPD system and build good habits that can support us to develop a really meaningful approach towards our own continuous professional development and ensure that whatever we do really does contribute to our CPD and uses our time to maximum effect, so that our performance just gets better and better.
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