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The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) toolset is a core feature of your subscription and designed to support you with your professional development activities. We have devised a three-stage cycle you can follow easily to meet your annual points requirements.

Step 1: Assess capability and plan learning 

Assess your skills and capabilities to help you understand your development needs so you can identify the right activities and measure your progress against these. 

Step 2: Acquire skills and knowledge

Once you understand your development goals, you can go out and undertake activities to help you meet them. Your development is about you and so it is in your power to choose the activities that are relevant to your goals. 

Step 3: Apply and evaluate 

This final stage of the cycle focuses on the outcome of your activity and how it has helped you meet your development goals. When you log your activity, you will be asked to evaluate the outcome either by providing a description of your learning or by selecting the skills you have developed.

CPD Requirements

You must complete 20 points' worth of activities linked to your certifications within a 12-month period. Five points must come from the Professional Experience category, but the remaining 15 can be earned from activities across the Professional Experience, Professional Education and Community categories.

One point equates to one hour’s worth of effort and you can record a minimum of 30 minutes, or 0.5 points, up to a maximum of 15 hours or 15 points. For Professional Experience, to gain the five points, you will need to list five activities that you undertake within your role and that link to the skills and behaviours expected of your role.

CPD Category 

Activity Examples 

Professional Experience  

(Minimum five points) 

  • Professional practice: applying best practice in the workplace
  • Coaching colleagues in relation to best practice
  • Mentoring individuals or groups to support their development
  • Work shadowing colleagues in relation to best practice

Professional Education 

  • Peoplecert certifications
  • Other certifications from PeopleCert Accredited Training Organisations
  • Other certifications from non-PeopleCert Accredited Training Organisations
  • Professional qualifications from awarding bodies
  • In house training
  • E-learning
  • Reading relevant books, publications, research, white papers etc.
  • Engaging with podcasts and webinar 



  • Organising industry / best practice related events
  • Contributing to community discussion forums
  • Authoring thought leadership
  • Attending industry events
  • Reading community discussion forums
  • Volunteering to share your knowledge and experience