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About The CPD Certification Service

Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the independent CPD accreditation centre working across all sectors, disciplines and further learning applications. Our unique experience and history working with training providers, professional bodies, academic institutions and corporate organisations enables us to support organisations seeking authorative accreditation for their CPD activities.

Thousands of CPD training courses, events, e-learning programs, conferences, workshops and seminars are formally accredited by us every year adding significant value for audiences and providers alike.

We evaluate further learning activities to the highest standards. Hundreds of thousands recognise our CPD Certified symbol as the qualitative benchmark that, not only reflects, but also sets those standards. The CPD Certification Service supports the Continuing Professional Development policies of institutional and professional organisations on an increasingly global basis. Our CPD quality marks are protected by international copyright legislation. CPD submissions are assessed and accredited against the universally accepted structured checklist which The CPD Service has developed over the past 20+ years. The process takes an impartial and objective overview of structure and value to ensure full conformity to CPD guidelines.

Remit of The CPD Certification Service

Most institutional bodies will publish a CPD requirements plan for their members. Generally, however, they will not be prescriptive as to the topics required as the onus for personal further learning is left very much in the hands of the individual. Employers, on the other hand, will often take a more defined approach to the benefits of skills enhancement within their particular business. Neither group will tend to evaluate or dictate the quality of proposed CPD material. As a result, it is relatively easy for an organisation or individual to present commercial messages as substantiated CPD. The CPD Certification Service provides a solution to this challenge through a rigorous and impartial assessment process which has been established from the outset. The CPD Service’s recognised and authoritative CPD Member and CPD Certified symbols offer institutional associations, educational providers and consumers alike reassurance that the material concerned achieves the qualitative standards required by all parties.

Background / History of CPD

The concept of CPD can broadly trace its roots to the decades following World War II, when institutional bodies identified a need for structured further learning post formal qualification. Up until this point it had largely been assumed that qualified professionals would identify and initiate their knowledge enhancement requirements on a casual or voluntary basis. However, in an increasingly litigious and technologically advancing business and professional environment, the need became apparent for a more disciplined and structured approach to further learning. Over the past two decades this commitment to CPD has spread beyond those affiliated to institutional bodies and is now embraced throughout all sectors.