Throughout your professional development, you’ll likely hear the terms Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and qualification. Qualifications are likely to be discussed prior to your role, while CPD is often discussed once you have begun your professional career.
So what are CPD and qualifications and are they mutually exclusive?
What are they?
Qualifications are granted after passing one or more examinations or courses to gain status as a recognised practitioner of a profession or activity. These must be fulfilled before being eligible to work on the activity. Upon receiving the relevant qualifications, a person will then become qualified.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the process in which qualified employees maintain and improve knowledge and expertise. CPD is needed to maintain knowledge in an ever-changing work environment.
Are they mutually exclusive?
In simple terms, no, CPD and qualifications are not mutually exclusive. These tools are used by professionals throughout the different stages of their career.
While CPD is typically used as a supplement to pre-existing qualifications, CPD can also include qualification training. This training can be used to add on additional knowledge or to keep existing qualifications up to date.
Additionally, in many cases, users are not able to hold a CPD accreditation if they do not already have the required qualifications. Professionals are required to be fully qualified in their profession prior to starting CPD.
I’m qualified, so why do I need CPD?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a learning activity where professionals can maintain currency and best practice throughout their career. Depending on some professions, it may be a requirement to have a certain amount of CPD hours every year. For those professionals that do not have this requirement, it is important to continue to engage in CPD to ensure that professionals are always practicing safely, effectively and legally in an environment that is continuously changing.
CPD isn’t about getting qualifications, but about demonstrating the seriousness you have towards your career. While an employee may be fully qualified for a role, without CPD, these qualifications may become obsolete. Used to enhance skills, CPD can be thought of as an investment into the qualifications you have received. By putting time into CPD hours, your qualifications will be worth so much more.
Continuing professional development is an important part of ensuring an employee is qualified for the job, and, in some cases, it is crucial. Roles, such as lawyers, doctors and social workers, require a minimum amount of CPD points, and if your employees aren’t meeting these minimum requirements, they aren’t qualified to work.
Ways to enhance your CPD
To ensure your employees are meeting their necessary CPD hours, these hours should be tracked.
So, why not keep all this information in one place? Track your employee’s qualifications, CPD hours and work experience all through an ePortfolio in a learning management system.
An automated system, like the PowerHouse Hub LMS, can provide just that. This software tracks your completed CPD hours and any necessary upcoming CPD.
Many formally regulated sectors may have CPD requirements that they need to fulfil. However, even in the exception of these requirements, it is extremely beneficially to learn CPD to stay relevant and boost your value. With CPD, qualifications will never become outdated.
If you’d like to learn more about CPD or are interested in implementing and selling CPD programs for your business, contact Mediasphere today.
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