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.
You must complete 20 points' worth of activities linked to the product you registered with 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 Training and Qualifications, Community Participation and Self-study 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.
You will need to log the activities for Professional Experience and submit those in order to achieve your first digital badge. You will then have the remainder of your subscription period to achieve an additional 20 points, to receive a digital badge when you renew.