Accredited CPD: The Benefits Explained
We live in a world where job markets are highly competitive and standing out from the crowd is more crucial than ever. Even those most skilled, educated and experienced candidates can struggle to make their CV stand out.
This is why it’s important to know the value of CPD Accredited courses. These are courses that have been independently verified by professional bodies to ensure value and accuracy for what is being taught.
Is the CPD certificate a recognised qualification?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help you manage your own learning and growth. The focus of CPD is firmly on results – the benefits that professional development can bring you in the real world.
The first and most crucial aspect to look out for when selecting an online course is whether it’s officially CPD certified. Certificates from officially verified CPD courses are more credible to both employers and businesses as the learning value has been scrutinised to ensure both integrity and quality.
There are six categories:
Formal Activity (1 hour of formal learning equals 2 CPD points) …
Informal Activity (1 hour of informal learning equals 1 CPD point)
Service on QS boards and committees, or other boards and committees related to the industry.
Presentation (1 hour of formal technical equals 2 CPD points)
Technical and professional presentations at conference meetings, workshops, seminars and courses related to the profession.
Contributions to QS Knowledge Base (1 published paper/article course/exam equals 15 CPD points)
Activities that expand or develop technical knowledge such as development of exams, courses, published papers and articles, etc.
It is generally governed by sector-specific professional bodies or regulators. Employers also increasingly expect their staff to undertake CPD, and may even measure them on it. Anyone who is a member of a professional body is likely to have CPD requirements laid out for them by the body, rather than by their employer.
CPD activities can range from formal educational activities such as instructor-led training courses, workshops or seminars, to more informal approaches such as work-based learning or mentoring. CPD can also include self-directed study such as e-learning courses and structured reading.
Universities can become accredited CPD providers in order to apply certified CPD hours to their existing courses, seminars, modules and events to help professionals with their annual Continuing Professional Development obligations.31 Jan 2019
By declaring any relevant CPD certified courses on a CV, a candidate shows that they have a genuine interest and passion in what they do and are actively seeking ways to improve and progress in their career. Take a look at our ourse categoires here
Online courses are also a great way to showcase unique skills that set you apart from other qualified candidates, which is becoming increasingly important as more and more companies look for candidates with a diverse mix of experience (sometimes called “hybrid skills”).
Many recruiters are increasingly embracing applicants who have studied online courses if they can prove that the learning platform is reliable. The CPD Service is the largest CPD certification recognised in the UK, with nearly 25 years’ experience supporting training providers across all industry sectors.27 Nov 2020
Although there is no automatic entitlement to payment for participation in CPD, there is discretion for schools to make a payment to any teacher who undertakes CPD over and above the contractual requirement of 1265 annual ‘directed hours’.18 Oct 2019