What is CPD?

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the intentional maintenance and development of the knowledge and skills needed to perform in a professional context. This could mean honing current skills, it could mean developing them to a new level, or it could mean learning new ones that will allow a persons job role to expand or prepare them for potential promotion.


CPD obligations are present in most professions. Most companies, organisations and industries now prioritise them because they ensure a constantly developing workforce.


This means there are millions of professionals across the UK who are required to undertake CPD training every year.


Structured CPD gives a professional a clear path to success within their current role and progression to future ones.


Workers in regulated industries (e.g. healthcare, accountancy, legal work) can lose their license to operate if they don’t maintain their CPD.


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.


CPD can be provided by specialist companies (e.g. commercial training providers, independent coaches), or provided internally, in particular by larger organisations.

There are over 1000 institutes & professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.

Benefits of CPD

Continuing Professional Development is essential in helping individuals, organisations or entire industries to keep skills and knowledge up to date. Providing CPD enables organisations to become a knowledge bank to key stakeholders of your organisation. CPD accredited training courses, workshops and events allow professionals to use the learning time towards individual CPD requirements.

Why Accredit My CPD?

Accredited 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. Bright provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD requirements.

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