Continuing Professional Development (CPD) proves that learning doesn't have to stop once college or university is over. But thanks to e-learning, the traditional classroom or lecture hall can be left in the past.

What is CPD training?

CPD is a common acronym for Continuing Professional Development and this is often used within professional sectors as a way of showing that people don't just stop learning after they leave college or university, but continue to invest time in training and personal development.

Is CPD a recognised qualification?

Certified CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality, via the CPD Certification Service.

Can I do a CPD course even if I'm not with a registered body?

CPD allows professionals to use the learning time towards individual CPD requirements but that does not mean that you have to be a member of a professional body to benefit from CPD. Many people like to take part in CPD training because it helps them to stay up to date with the latest regulations and expand their CV.

My boss/ training manager/ HR team has told me I need to do continued professional training. Will your courses count?

We can't speak for individual businesses or professional bodies, however our training is CPD certified and can support individuals in their personal and professional development.

How should I record my CPD activity?

You may need to keep a record and proof of your CPD activity to submit to your employer and/or professional body. You have the option to complete and print a form each time you complete a Virtual College course. This, alongside your certificate, can be used to keep track of your CPD activities.

How much CPD training do I need to complete?

Contact your employer, professional body representative or The CPD Certification Service to find out exactly how much training you need to complete each year.

Can I gain CPD accreditation just for myself?

Continued professional development is crucial for expanding your existing knowledge and skill set, keeping up with the latest industry training and legislation or even for acquiring new information in a field that may be completely new to you. CPD training does not always have to be for professional use, training may be undertaken to help the individual achieve short or long term goals or even to improve understanding and competence for basic skills.

How will I benefit from a Continued Professional Development certification?

CPD aims to keep professionals up to date with relevant training. Whether this is for personal development of your existing skills or professional growth on behalf of your organisation, continuous learning will help you to take responsibility for the progression of your learning.

How can CPD accreditation help small businesses?

Investing time in personal development and training can have numerous benefits for businesses, helping with staff retention, keeping their staff feeling valued and enabling them to move forward to the next level as a team.

How can CPD accreditation benefit corporate enterprises?

At larger businesses, CPD courses can help staff to progress in their careers and work towards promotions. CPD training means employers can ensure staff are fully certified and are working to a high standard across all activities.