About us

Find out more about The CPD Certification Service. With over 27 years’ experience providing Continuing Professional Development training certification, we are the world's leading organisation for those looking to get CPD certified for training courses and events.

Pioneering CPD quality standards since 1996



Over 35 thousand CPD Providers, courses and events published on the CPD website



Helping CPD Providers in over 100 countries across the world



With 27 years experience providing industry-leading CPD certification service and support

About The CPD Certification Service

Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the world's leading and largest independent CPD accreditation organisation working across all industry sectors.

How to become CPD certified

CPD certification 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 that are looking to become CPD certified are able to display their commitment to Continuing Professional Development through membership with The CPD Certification Service. Tens of thousands of training courses, events, e-learning programs, conferences, workshops and seminars have been formally CPD certified by us, adding significant value every year for both professional audiences and training providers alike.

CPD Certification for further learning

The CPD Certification Service evaluate further learning activities to the highest standards. Millions of professionals recognise our CPD Certified symbol as the qualitative benchmark that, not only reflects but also sets those standards. CPD submissions are assessed and certified against the universally accepted structured checklist which The CPD Certification Service has developed over the past 25+ years.

Our CPD quality marks are protected by international copyright legislation. The recognised and authoritative CPD Member and CPD Certified symbols offer professionals, associations and educational training providers reassurance that the further learning achieves the qualitative standards required by all parties. The CPD certification process takes an impartial and objective overview of structure and value to ensure full conformity to CPD guidelines.

Get CPD certified today

Our unique experience and history working with training providers, professional bodies, academic institutions, universities and businesses of all sizes enables us to support organisations seeking authoritative and world-leading CPD certification for their further learning training courses and events.

We provide different membership levels to suit needs and budgets, determined by an initial dialogue and recommendations based on the number of training courses or events.

Organisations far and wide use CPD certification to support further learning

Remit of The CPD Certification Service

Most professional bodies will publish a CPD requirements plan for their members, typically in the form of CPD hours or points. Generally, however, they will not be prescriptive as to the topics required as the onus for professional further learning is left in the hands of each individual.

Employers, on the other hand, may often take a more defined approach to skills enhancement within their particular business. Neither group will tend to evaluate or dictate the quality of proposed learning materials. The CPD Certification Service provides an established and practical solution through a rigorous and impartial assessment process which has been leading the way for years.

The CPD Certification Service is a key driving force of Continuing Professional Development across the world, and with members in over 100 countries and growing, it is increasingly becoming known as the international organisation for Continuing Professional Development.

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.

What can you get CPD certified?

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

Training Courses

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


Seminars are a type of short course and are typically a few hours long, but sometimes last up to one day. CPD seminars provide an opportunity to focus on a particular subject matter in detail they are usually conducted in group settings with interactive discussion allowing individuals to contribute, which can lead to a better retention of knowledge.


CPD workshops are interactive educational group sessions which are 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 a method of online learning which is 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 a number of different forms of learning that can be considered a CPD event. CPD events include conferences held at venues, often with 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 that offer convenience and affordability. As in-person event and course materials can be shared free online, there is no need to attend.


CPD has helped us add value to our delegates experience by providing a quality framework with which to align our courses, ensuring the learning experience has a discernible impact on their careers.

International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

CPD accreditation represents the steps iHASCO are taking to ensure the courses we provide to organisations are high-quality, factually accurate and contribute towards a safer and more professional work environment.


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