This article provides a simple overview of Continuing Professional Development for Councils and Local Authorities. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) describes the professional learning activities that individuals complete in order to improve their workplace knowledge and skills. Continuing Professional Development enables people to focus and identify skill gaps so they can become more competent and effective in their career. CPD helps individuals become proactive learners, rather than simply reactive.
Benefits of CPD
Continuing Professional Development shows a clear commitment to self-improvement and professionalism. Effective CPD training can help increase both confidence and competence within role, and supports an individual with their own personal career aspirations. An individual is able to identify knowledge gaps, find suitable learning opportunities and resolve any weaknesses in an effective manner. Councils and local authority are able to become accredited CPD providers in order to apply certified CPD hours to their existing training courses, online & eLearning, webinars, seminars, conferences and events to help any employees or other individuals with their annual Continuing Professional Development requirements.
Local Authority and Council CPD Training Courses
When a Council or Local Authority becomes a CPD provider it is often to certify a range of existing training courses, seminars or events that are being delivered, either to internal staff or for people from the local community. There are hundreds of professional bodies & associations in the UK that require and encourage their members to complete Continuing Professional Development. Through their experience and expertise, Councils and local authorities can provide excellent further learning opportunities to improve the skills of their various stakeholders on a whole range of subject matters, regardless of occupation or educational level.
Councils and local authorities are a recognised knowledge bank in their local communities and can help set the standards for education and investors in people.
What types of CPD can be accredited?
CPD accreditation can apply to a range of learning activities, which includes:
- Training courses and workshops
- Seminars and webinars
- Conferences & educational events
- Online modules & E-learning
- Other structured forms of learning
Providing accredited CPD ensures the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks, and the learning value has been reviewed to ensure integrity and quality. With 25 years’ experience The CPD Certification Service is the largest and leading CPD accreditation organisation in the UK that helps our CPD providers formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to learning.