CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is a term used to describe the process of tracking and documenting the learning and development activities that an individual takes to develop and enhance their professional skills and experience.
CPD helps to ensure that education develops beyond academic learning and into the realm of vocational and practical learning. It provides a skill-based method of ensuring continued personal growth in the given profession.
A key component of CPD is that it is ‘owned’ by the individual and it is their responsibility to keep their knowledge and skills up to date. CPD provides the perfect platform to support this.
Ultimately, CPD is about capturing useful learning experiences and assessing the practical benefits of the learning to the individual. Recording is critical to this process.