CPDUK - How to become CPD accredited

Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the world's leading and largest CPD accreditation service. With over 25 years’ experience, we provide CPD accreditation for organisations and advise how to become CPD accredited for training courses and events.

World's leading CPD accreditation service

CPD accreditation is suitable for all organisations ranging from small consultancy firms to large training providers, multi-national corporations, conference & events organisers, universities, further education colleges, local authorities, councils and Government departments. Organisations looking to get CPD accredited can display their commitment through membership with The CPD Certification Service.

How to get CPD accreditation

The CPD Certification Service evaluates further learning activities to the highest standards. Our unique experience and history enables us to support organisations seeking authoritative CPD accreditation.

Thousands of training courses, events, e-learning programs, conferences, workshops and seminars are formally CPD accredited by us every year adding significant value for audiences and providers. Millions of professionals recognise our Continuing Professional Development symbols as the qualitative benchmarks that, not only reflects but also sets CPD standards.

The CPD Certification Service is a key driving force in the promotion of Continuing Professional Development across the world, with CPD members in over 100 countries and growing.

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Continuing Professional Development is a practical and methodical approach to enhance work-related skills and knowledge, and is increasingly becoming known as the international terminology for professional further learning.

CPD accreditation follows a simple process. The CPD Certification Service provides different membership levels to suit needs and budgets, which is determined by an initial dialogue and recommendations based on the number of training activities.

All CPD providers are able to utilise key features of membership to help support their business, marketing and training objectives. Please contact our team to discuss in more detail. 

Why is CPD important?

Continuing Professional Development is about the individual and their commitment to ongoing lifelong learning. CPD encourages looking forward and identifying opportunities to learn something new, refresh existing knowledge, and improve skills. CPD enables learning to become conscious and proactive, helping individuals to progress throughout their career.

CPD - What is accreditation?

CPD accreditation is defined as the independent, third-party evaluation of training courses, events and other forms of structured learning to ensure a conformity to recognised Continuing Professional Development industry standards.

CPD course accreditation benchmarks training and events to the highest recognised industry CPD standards. Our Assessments team provide feedback and recommendations to make improvements to the quality of learning where suitable.

Working with The CPD Certification Service

The CPD Certification Service is the leading CPD accreditation body, and is a key driving force in the promotion of Continuing Professional Development across the world.

We have over 25,000 CPD providers, courses and events in over 100 countries, and more than 25 years' experience advising organisations on how to get courses accredited for Continuing Professional Development.

How to get your training accredited

Continuing Professional Development is a powerful learning tool that professionals from across all industries can apply to their lives to remain focused on improving skills and take an empowering approach to career progression.

CPD accreditation offers reassurance, authority and peace of mind to individuals undertaking the learning for their Continuing Professional Development requirements. If you are looking at how to get a training program accredited, please contact our team to discuss in more detail. 

What can you get CPD accredited?

Continuing Professional Development accreditation covers a whole range of different learning methods. Our Assessments team review thousands of CPD courses, workshops seminars and events every year.

Training Courses

CPD training courses are the most well-known method of completing Continuing Professional Development, vary in length and will often be specific to one subject or offer skills in a particular area of industry.


Seminar are a type of short course and typically only a few hours long up to one day. CPD seminars provide an opportunity to focus on a particular subject matter in detail, conducted in group settings with interactive discussion, in order to allow individuals to contribute which can lead to better retention of knowledge.


CPD workshops are interactive educational group sessions are and similar to seminars, but with a few differences. CPD workshops are less theoretical and tend to offer a more hands-on, practical skills approach to learning.


Webinars are online learning held virtually and attended by an online audience. Often, the main objective of a CPD webinar is to educate and inform professionals in a short and concise manner about new and relevant information.


There are number of different forms of learning that can be considered CPD events. CPD events includes conferences held at venues that may include keynote sessions and breakout learning by topic. Seminars and workshops may also feature as part of wider CPD events.

Online Courses

Online CPD courses are an increasingly popular method of learning, and offer convenience and affordability, in that there is no need to attend an in-person event and course materials can be shared free online.

We provide CPD accreditation to thousands of training providers

CPD UK Accreditation FAQs

Increase bookings for your accredited training

One of the main reasons organisations look to obtain CPD training accreditation is to increase delegate bookings. With over 450 professionals bodies in the UK requiring CPD from their members, accredited CPD providers are able to meet more of the right audience to increase training bookings and event attendance. Training accreditation provides increased appeal and helps develop new & existing client relationships. Becoming an accredited CPD provider with the leading independent UK institution adds significant endorsement for your organisation and greater profile recognition that your training meets the industry- recognised standards.

Marketing support for our accredited CPD providers

The CPD Service provides different membership levels to suit your training accreditation needs and budget. Membership levels are determined by an initial FREE consultation resulting in recommendations for your most effective routes to market. Accredited CPD providers are able to utilise key features of membership which help to support business, marketing and training objectives.

  • Review and advise on organisational CPD requirements
  • Training Accreditation of courses & events, from 1 – 250+ activities a year
  • Licence to use CPD Member logo on company marketing materials
  • CPD Certified symbol on approved CPD course materials
  • Presence in CPD Providers Directory for user validation and searching
  • All accredited training courses listed in the Course Catalogue
  • Ability to publicise certified events on CPD Event Calendar
  • Full administration of delegate CPD certificates post activity

Stand out more from your competitors

Training accreditation allows you to present your knowledge as an industry experts and distinguish from your competitors. Becoming an accredited CPD provider with the UK leading and most recognised association helps organisations to create discernible competitive advantage from others in your market. Create new opportunities with a professionally recognised way to display your industry expertise. Obtain new clients and increase your training and events sales revenue.

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Our CPD seminar proved very worthwhile, winning an order worth £350k. Our aim was to meet & introduce our products to industry professionals, which is exactly what we did.

FP McCann

CPD is widely recognised within the NHS to enable healthcare individuals to maintain training levels and enhance their professional development. NHS Supply Chain uses CPD to work with our colleagues in the wider NHS and share knowledge and expertise.

NHS Supply Chain

Membership of the CPD Certification Service shows our commitment to excellence and to providing CPD for our staff.

Imperial College London