Certification and accreditation programmes are a critical service offered by professional societies to promote best-practice in their industry. Training and continued professional development (CPD) income is also a steady financial lifeline for statutory or regulatory bodies.
What is a CPD programme?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting members skills, knowledge and experience earned both formally and informally beyond an initial required qualification. It’s a record of experience and ongoing learning, and include aspects of quality assessment and testing.
Key features of the CPD process
To justify the name, CPD needs to:
- be a formally documented process with agreed learning outcomes
- be self-directed: driven by you
- focus on learning from experience, reflective learning and review
- can include both formal and informal learning
- must be approved by the regulatory authority for that sector or industry
How does CPD benefit members?
CPD or certification is often a requirement of membership of a professional body. It continued to enhance and update your professional knowledge and skills to align with new developments in your industry. It includes formal activities approved by your association to reflect, review and document your experience. It can record your contributions to the industry such as your mentorship of others.
- provides a confidential an overview of your professional development to date.
- reminds you of your accomplishments and how far you’ve progressed.
- identifies gaps in your skills and capabilities to advance your career.
- provide examples and scenarios for a CV or interview and demonstrate your professional standing to clients and employers.
- help you with your career development or a possible career change.
- allow you to network with other members of your association and mentors.
How is CPD implemented and managed?
That all sounds like a lot of admin?
Fortunately all you need is a Learning Management System (LMS). It will distribute CPD learning materials and courses in a controlled way, assess that all learning outcomes have been achieved, and issue a certificate or badge. An LMS also stores and reports on any participant’s CPD achievements.
An effective Learning Management System benefits an industry as a whole as well as adding value to members:
- acts as a user-friendly portal to training materials, research, online events, meetings, lectures and workshops
- provides secure, centralised access to Association documents, procedures and forms.
- protects confidential intellectual property and the integrity of CPD records through encrypted storage and distribution.
- allows members to demonstrate their skills and experience by facilitating or leading courses.
Contact Dianne @ InTouch24-7.ca to discuss setting up a CPD programme within your industry.