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Continuing Professional Development

Importance of CPD Training

The importance of CPD is to keep professionals updated with relevant training, information, skills and knowledge to remain competent throughout their career journey. This continuous learning will also help to improve an industry as a whole.

Whilst CPD has existed for some time, the importance and awareness of CPD has rapidly increased in recent years as industry standards, regulations, technological changes and consumer needs continue to develop. Professionals maintain a CPD log of their learning and update it with the CPD training hours completed. 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.

What is accredited CPD Training?

Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required CPD standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provide recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD standards.

The importance of CPD training should never be undervalued. CPD enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than simply reactive to situation. The importance of CPD is to purposely enhance through a methodical and structured approach to learning.

Allocating CPD Hours

Responsibility of CPD hours recording is with the individual. They need to be aware of any institutes CPD hours requirements to understand how their CPD learning should be recorded and what number of hours are required.

The majority of institutes provide their members with Continuing Professional Development requirements generally on an annual number of hours basis. These targets are defined by accrual of CPD hours through training, seminars & workshops, events and conferences as well as other structured forms of CPD learning. These CPD hours are sometimes converted to points, units or credits.

There are over 450 professional institutions, societies and bodies within the UK that require Continuing Professional Development hours from their members. For any CPD undertaken institutes expect their members to allocate these hours/points/credits accordingly based on the learning objectives achieved.

Individuals assess learning value and equate CPD hours in their Continuing Professional Development records. The majority of institutions allow members to choose subjects of relevance to them as individuals, a minority also require their members to seek CPD on a range of core subjects.

Solicitors Regulation Authority

As of the 1 November 2016 solicitors no longer need to count CPD hours. Instead they should now reflect on the quality of their practice and advice and identify any learning and development needs. The individual can then address these needs to make sure their knowledge and skills are up to date and that they are competent to practice.

Visit www.sra.org.uk to find out more.

The Intellectual Property Regulation Board

All registered patent and trade mark attorneys in active practice are required to achieve the minimum of 16 hours CPD in order to remain registered and to self-certify that they have met this requirement when renewing their registration. Management Forum programmes provide a certificate of attendance which can be used in your training records

Visit www.ipreg.org.uk to find out more.

If you have any questions about continuing professional development please call Customer Services +44 (0) 20 7749 4730 or email us.