What is CPD?
CPD or Continuous Professional Development is the term that is applied to the ongoing training and development an individual undertakes during their working life. CPD can cover a multitude of training and development opportunities; these can include formal seminars and training courses, in-house and informal training, ‘tool-box talks’, the sharing of knowledge with team members, e-learning and webinars and other self-guided study such as reading.
Who has to do it and why does the AA require members to carry out CPD?
The AA requires all Technician, Professional and Fellow members to undertake a specified amount of CPD hours over three years as part of their ongoing commitment to their membership.
When you joined the AA we checked that you had level of knowledge and competency at a particular level to ensure you were suitable to represent the AA as a Technician, Professional or Fellow member. As time goes on we need to ensure that the level of knowledge you demonstrated when you applied is maintained and built upon as best practice is updated and the industry moves forwards. To verify this we randomly sample our members’ CPD every Autumn.
AA Registered Consultants must also complete annual CPD to maintain their status.
What’s in it for me?
CPD doesn’t just have to be a box you have to tick to continue your membership with us. CPD is a powerful tool you can utilise to develop your skill set and improve your knowledge.
Our forms allows you to plan your CPD and record it in a meaningful manner, aiding any future development and progression.
Having an up to date CPD record is incredibly useful when updating your CV, applying for new positions and tendering for work. It demonstrates your commitment to continuous improvement and could really allow you to stand out as an individual.
Where do I start?
It’s up to you!
We don’t insist that you complete a certain quota of AA training courses every year, or that you attend a large amount of expensive formal training. What we want to see is development undertaken that is relevant to your requirements. If it’s effective, then it’s good CPD.
Your new CPD form
From July 2015 we moved towards a more qualitative approach to CPD. This means that we will be putting weight on what you learnt / achieved, not just the number of hours you have listed.
We are still happy to receive CPD records in other formats, if you currently keep a log for work etc. but please ensure that you have documented your learning outcomes fully.
Some ideas of where to look for ‘formal’ CPD opportunities (this is not an exhaustive list!):
Our AA training courses are always worth a first look as you do get some cracking discounts and the listings are always changing!