There are millions of professionals around the globe who are required to undertake training every year.
CPD refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work. This process makes learning conscious and proactive rather than passive and reactive.
It’s part of a wide-spread acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning to fit today’s needs.
Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD requirements.
CPD extends across the globe and is undertaken in most countries. The CPD Standards Office accreditation services support all forms of professional development and CPD schemes globally and has an increasingly international reputation as the strongest currency in professional development.
CPD in the United States of America often uses slightly different language to describe the practice of CPD e.g. CE – Continuing Education, CPE – Continuing Professional Education, CME – Continuing Medical Education, or CLE – Continuing Legal Education.
UK & Europe
The CPD Standards Office was founded in the UK and many CPD Standards providers operate within various European countries and are active in delivering training provision to European professionals.
There is a rising demand for CPD training within the Middle East. Over the past decade, the Gulf region has increasingly focused on delivering high-quality education and increasing standards of professionalism and competence.
Australia & New Zealand
CPD within Australia and New Zealand follows a similar model to the UK. Many professions are led by professional institutes, bodies, and regulators, all with similar CPD schemes and requirements to their UK counterparts.
Across the African continent, CPD is an emerging practice with many individuals and professionals keen to undertake CPD for ongoing educational purposes.