Continuing Professional Development (CPD) includes the process of recording and reflecting on professional learning and experiences. This article provides a simple introduction to keeping a CPD log, including why it is important, what type of training activities to record, and how to best implement one for your professional development. If you are looking for somewhere to log your ongoing Continuing Professional Development training in one simple place, please go to the free myCPD Portal record tool.
What is a CPD log?
As the name implies a CPD log is a written document or formal record of the learning and development training activities which contribute towards a person’s professional knowledge, understanding and skills. A CPD log can be used to evidence both formal and informal learning and acts as a monitoring tool of the experience gained throughout an individual’s career. It can be used to:
- Easily record and reflect on CPD training activities
- Identify strengths and weaknesses
- Plan CPD goals with a straightforward action plan
- Store certificates and records for future use
- Provide evidence of training completed
Importance of keeping a CPD log
Continuing Professional Development is something that most people will do on an ongoing basis and is an integral part of an individual’s professional career. To keep track of this learning, it is important to keep and maintain a record of any learning and development activities in a CPD record or log.
The importance of keeping a CPD log is that it aims to support learning by creating a framework for recording and reflecting on professional development training activities. As such, it enables you to track your progress, make you think about your experiences and can be used to identify any gaps in your skills or knowledge that you may want to fill. Furthermore, a CPD log is sometimes presented as evidence of the amount of Continuing Professional Development undertaken for any relevant body or employer requirements.
In addition, the importance of keeping a CPD log is that it helps to:
- Provide an overview of your professional development to date
- Remind you of your achievements and how far you’ve progressed
- Uncover gaps in your knowledge, skills and capabilities
- Demonstrate your professionalism and commitment
- Tailor your future developments based on you and your organisations goals
- Helps you with career development, or a possible career change