What is “Continuing Professional Development” ?


Continuing Professional Development is a process that helps practitioners manage and record their professional development.

Continuing Professional Development is a process that helps practitioners manage and record their professional development. It promotes development of knowledge

and skills necessary to perform one’s professional role effectively as well as identify areas for improvement.

It is important to keep up with the constant changes in education so CPD for teachers and trainers means reflection on any activities that improved their knowledge and made a difference to how they teach. It is also essential to record the CPD. If not recorded important information may be missed out thus giving away the opportunity to reflect on it.

Working on CPD can be done in many different ways – attending relevant training courses or seminars; reading books, journal articles or researching online; writing and commenting on blogs; mentoring, shadowing and peer review; self-reflection in form of journals and diaries; attending standardisation meetings; visiting other organisations; volunteering, and others.

In order to keep track of all events and learning episodes, CPD should be recorded. It can be done in any form, however, records should be clear, complete and up-to-date. For the teachers / trainers who are members of Institute for Learning there is REfLECT online learning space that helps them to log their activities. IfL is the professional body for teachers, tutors, trainers and students in the further education and skills sector that supports professional development and excellence.

To know more about Carlton Training CPD training: Effective Feedback Strategies – 1 day CPD

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