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How should I allocate my CPD time?

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

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How is CPD recorded?

An individual must keep a track of their annual Continuing Professional Development activities on a CPD record form and must ensure it is correct, up to date and meets the requirements of their professional body or association. The CPD activity is recorded in terms of learning outcomes and practical application of the knowledge obtained. Continuing Professional Development undertaken is recorded by a CPD Certificate of Attendance, CPD Self-Assessment forms and personal CPD Record Cards.

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Recording CPD activities

Keeping accurate CPD record sheets helps reflect on personal progress over time. It is important that individuals keep CPD record sheets up-to-date as they will often need to submit evidence of annual Continuing Professional Development activities to their governing professional bodies or employers.

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What is accredited CPD training?

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.  

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What are the benefits of CPD?

 CPD shows a clear commitment to self-development and professionalism. CPD provides an opportunity for an individual to identify knowledge gaps and to resolve these in a recognisable approach to improvement. Continuing Professional Development helps individuals to regularly focus on how they can become a more competent and effective professional. Training and learning increase confidence and overall capability, and compliments career aspirations. 

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Get recognised as an industry expert

The CPD Certification Service supports the Continuing Professional Development policies of institutional and professional organisations. Training courses, workshops and seminars are assessed and accredited against the universally accepted structur...

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Raise the standards of your training

The CPD Certification Service helps organisations sell more training and increase delegate bookings for workshops by structuring knowledge into a recognised approach to learning for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development. This means y...

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Attract more of your target audience

There is an increasing expectation for professionals to undertake Continuing Professional Development training courses and workshops regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities. Continuing Professional Development ex...

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Start your invites early

Get your conference invites sent and the date of the event in people’s calendars as soon as you can so they can set aside the day and time. One of the key ways to increase conference attendance is to start as early as possible and ensure you follo...

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Find the right location

Choose an event location that is convenient, memorable and suits your budget. Venues that are too far away or too expensive for attendees will not help you increase conference attendance. Find an event location that is convenient but also suits th...

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Create an inspiring agenda

The conference agenda should be focused on a core theme to help marketing the event and not to confuse the purpose of attendance for delegates. The conference agenda should have topical variety to drive event interest.

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Free CPD accreditation - is anything in life free?

We do not want organisations not be fooled by marketing spin that claims to provide free accreditation. There is a view that there is no such thing as free CPD accreditation and you should be dubious of such free offers. There is a common saying;...

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Is it just marketing tactics? - "Get CPD accredited for FREE"

There has been a minor surge of new companies using marketing terminology such as “FREE CPD Accreditation” and “Get CPD Accredited for FREE”. In many instances where there is advertising of ‘free accreditation’ you will find later hidden fees when...

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Free accreditation - is there risk to your business?

Has free CPD accreditation obtained recognised validation? How can you get CPD accredited for free if training courses and events need to be assessed to the highest standards of learning? Who is paying for the quality assessments and further suppo...

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Why become an accredited CPD provider?

Organisations become a CPD provider in order to meet more of the right target audience, distinguish from market competitors, increase delegate bookings for courses and events as well as create and maximise new business opportunities.

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What activities can become CPD accredited?

The CPD Service work with providers from all industries, ranging from consultancy firms to training providers, large employers, conference & event organisers, universities, further education colleges, local authority and Government departments...

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How much does CPD accreditation cost?

Organisations wishing to embrace CPD can display their commitment through membership of The CPD Certification Service. The CPD Service provides a range of cost effective CPD fees and subscriptions to suit your budget. Membership levels are determi...

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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...

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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 effec...

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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 discern...

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How are training and events assessed?

CPD submissions are assessed and certified against the universally accepted structured checklist which The CPD Certification 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.  

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What are the steps to obtain CPD accreditation?

Gaining accreditation for training courses helps organisations formalise their knowledge into a recognised approach to learning. The first phase of the course accreditation process is to have an informal consultation to ensure training courses and events are suitable for Continuing Professional Development.  

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What is the process of gaining CPD certification?

The CPD Assessments team will evaluate the materials, review the structure and provide advice to help develop the training courses where required. This process is to ensure the training courses are educational in content, structured coherently, with clear learning objectives and outcomes.  

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How does the CPD Delegate Certificate Service work?

At no additional cost, the delegate CPD certificate (DCS) facility is an additional service available to all CPD member organisations. It has been designed to assist with the administration of providing CPD support documentation for your audience.  

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What is a CPD point, unit or credit?

A frequent question about Continuing Professional Development is how CPD is recorded, and specifically the question, “What is a CPD point, unit or credit?” It is often found across all industries that CPD points, units and credits all relate to the same thing, CPD Hours? What are CPD Hours? The definition of a CPD Hour is the time spent for a delegate to be in “active learning”. 

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