Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Why is Continuing Professional Development Important?


After qualifying in your chosen field it may seem that your mission has been accomplished. But after initial training and qualifications are completed there can be a tendency to sit back and assume that additional experience required will be developed from on the job experience alone.

Continuing professional development is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an on-going process and continues throughout a professional’s career.

The ultimate outcome of well-planned continuing professional development is that it safeguards the public, the employer, the professional and the professional’s career.

Well-crafted and delivered continuing professional development is important because it delivers benefits to the individual, their profession and the public.


  • CPD ensures your capabilities keep pace with the current standards of others in the same field.
  • CPD ensures that you maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills you need to deliver a professional service to your customers, clients and the community.
  • CPD ensures that you and your knowledge stay relevant and up to date. You are more aware of the changing trends and directions in your profession. The pace of change is probably faster than it’s ever been – and this is a feature of the new normal that we live and work in. If you stand still you will get left behind, as the currency of your knowledge and skills becomes out-dated.
  • CPD helps you continue to make a meaningful contribution to your team. You become more effective in the workplace. This assists you to advance in your career and move into new positions where you can lead, manage, influence, coach and mentor others.
  • CPD helps you to stay interested and interesting. Experience is a great teacher, but it does mean that we tend to do what we have done before. Focused CPD opens you up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas.
  •  CPD can deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be a professional, along with a greater appreciation of the implications and impacts of your work.
  • CPD helps advance the body of knowledge and technology within your profession
  • CPD can lead to increased public confidence in individual professionals and their profession as a whole
  • Depending on the profession – CPD contributes to improved protection and quality of life, the environment, sustainability, property and the economy. This particularly applies to high risk areas, or specialised practice areas which may be difficult to monitor on a case by case basis. The importance of continuing professional development should not be underestimated – it is a career-long obligation for practicing professionals.
One industry with a strong CPD network is engineering, for more information on CPD requirements for Engineers around the world, visit:
Continuing professional development should be engaging and fun too and MindGenius partner, Continuing Professional Development, have achieved this by developing online CPD courses and incorporating MindGenius into them, have a look at these examples to see what that looks like:
Vivian Kloosterman, CPD, said: “Over the years of managing and leading professionals at all levels in our consulting organisation, one of the most significant barriers to accomplishing agreed project outcomes was poor planning. This was a real stumbling block for even the smartest and best qualified of our team. When a project is complicated, and they usually are, there was a tendency to just leap in and get started because, on the face of it, that was the line of least resistance. “At least I’m making a start and getting something done!”

Trying to plan a project in the correct sequence of linear steps is not an easy task. This is where MindGenius comes into its own and for this reason we use it to support our online courses. It is particularly relevant for our Project Management courses and courses such as Stakeholder Analysis and Risk Management. Its powerful mind mapping techniques allow you to put structure around all of that noise and complexity. You can do it quickly too, so that when your team is impatient to move on, they can - but with a structured plan in place. I wish we had been able to use this software and its capabilities years ago.”

Read more about CPD at http://continuingprofessionaldevelopment.org/why-is-cpd-important/

2 comments:

Kristen Reid said...

Thanks, this is a good article. I am planning CPD for next year and will try using MindGenius to support it.

Vivian Kloosterman said...

Hi Kristen, you could use MindGenius to help plan your CPD for next year by brainstorming using these nodes on a mind map:

Why? Why am I doing this CPD - eg: to advance my career, fill a skill gap, learn new skills and make a career change?
How? How will I do this CPD – eg: conferences, seminars, face to face courses, online courses?
When? When can I fit this into my schedule, which type of CPD offers the most flexibility?
What? And then given all the above - What topics should I cover?

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