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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) proves that learning doesn't have to stop once college or university is over. But thanks to e-learning, the traditional classroom or lecture hall can be left in the past.

CPD training FAQs

What is CPD training?

CPD is a common acronym for 'Continuing Professional Development' and this is often used within professional sectors as a way of showing that people don't just stop learning after they leave college or university, but continue to invest time in training and personal development.

Investing time in personal development and training can have numerous benefits for businesses, helping with staff retention, keeping their staff feeling valued and enabling them to move forward to the next level as a team.

Some professional registration bodies require their staff to complete a certain number of CPD hours each year; these could take the form of seminars, practical activities and e-learning courses, for example.

Is CPD a recognised qualification?

Yes. A CPD accreditation allows people to address gaps in their knowledge and demonstrates a commitment to self-development, which is essential for continual improvement. CPD certification is respected across professional industries; organisations often regard it as an asset that will add value to their business.

How will I benefit from CPD?

A CPD qualification will help to keep you up to date with relevant training and provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills, ensuring you remain competent, while demonstrating that you take personal responsibility for your own success and the value you add to your employer.

Can I do a CPD course even if I'm not with a registered body?

Anyone can work towards a CPD accreditation. Many people like to take part in CPD training because it helps them to stay up to date with the latest regulations and gaining a CPD accreditation will look good on their CV in the future. If you need to submit CPD hours as part of your job, then the CPD accreditation course can count towards this total.

At Virtual College, our quality training is CPD-certified allows you to accrue CPD points online at your own pace.

My boss/ training manager/ HR team has told me I need to do continued professional training. Will your courses count?

We can't speak for individual businesses, however you can send the appropriate person a link to our electronic course directory, and they can see for themselves that our quality training is CPD Certified and allows you to obtain CPD points online at your own pace.

Do I need to keep a record of my CPD activity?

You may need to keep a record and proof of your CPD activity to submit to your employer - they might keep their own record too, but it's best to have your own as well in case you change roles and need evidence of CPD.

How should I record my CPD activity?

If you take part in online CPD training, the hours you complete will be automatically recorded. Our Learning Management System (LMS) can also be used to track CPD progress. The LMS lets you add notes, and you can print a form each time you complete an e-learning course so you have a physical record too.

How much CPD training do I need to complete?

This differs from employer to employer. The average tends to be between 30 and 40 hours a year, but contact your employer, professional body representative or The CPD Certification Service to find out exactly.

What can constitute as CPD?

Taken from the CPD website: "CPD material must be generic and educational. Specific brand-promoting materials are not suitable for CPD purposes. The essence of CPD is that information is expressed in a non-sales context."

This means CPD should not be training on your own companies brands or products, but training helps you develop in your career, for example, a dentist may wish to complete a course on Child Safeguarding, or 5S, to help the way they organise their office and work with other child protection services.

What type of resources can be used for CPD?

The CPD website states: "CPD material must be generic and educational. Specific brand-promoting materials are not suitable for CPD purposes. The essence of CPD is that information is expressed in a non-sales context."

This means that CPD training should not be focused specifically on a company's brand or products.

Can I gain CPD accreditation just for myself?

Continuing professional development allows you to expand your knowledge and skills, and you don't need to be with an organisation to do that. Maybe you just want to brush up on the latest legislation in your industry or you have a long-term goal to improve your understanding of a particular subject - whatever your needs, there'll be an e-learning course for you.

How will I benefit from a Continued Professional Development certification?

A CPD qualification aims to keep professionals up to date with relevant training. Whether this is for personal development of your existing skills or professional growth on behalf of your organisation, continuous learning will help you to remain competent throughout your career and also demonstrate that you can take responsibility for the progression of your learning.

CPD accreditation for individual learners

For individual learners, continued professional development is crucial for expanding your existing knowledge and skill set, keeping up with the latest industry training and legislation or even for acquiring new information in a field that may be completely new to you. CPD training does not always have to be for professional use, training may be undertaken to help the individual achieve short or long term goals or even to improve understanding and competence for basic skills.

How can CPD accreditation help small businesses?

Within small businesses, CPD qualifications can serve both individual growth and overall staff development, adding value and innovation to the workplace. When a team is small, it is all the more crucial that employees are engaged, and CPD accreditation can make them more confident in their knowledge of the role.

How can CPD accreditation benefit corporate enterprises?

At larger businesses, CPD courses can help staff to progress in their careers and work towards promotions. CPD training means employers can ensure staff are fully certified and are working to a high standard across all activities.

Many of our e-learning courses at Virtual College will count towards your CPD accreditation hours. Browse what we've got on offer here.

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If you did not find the information you needed, contact our support team on 01943 605 976 or by email with a description of your issue: learnersupport@virtual-college.co.uk

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