Purpose of CPD

What is the purpose of CPD?
CPD, or Continuing Professional Development, allows individuals to gain and develop essential skills, knowledge and experiences which aid them in becoming proficient in their profession. CPD is something an individual will continue throughout their career, allowing them to progress to future employment within their sector.

What are the benefits of CPD?
CPD provides countless benefits for individuals, including:
-Demonstrating and developing self-improvement
-Growing knowledge and learning new skills
-Increased ability to perform well at work
-Ability to stay up to date with your company’s way of working
-Demonstrating that your company is committed to supporting staff
-Provides employees with a greater sense of professional direction

How do I know if my certificate is CPD?
A CPD certificate will include the name of attendee, the name of the CPD provider and the title of the training course of lecture. It should also include the organisation providing the CPD, the date and the number of CPD hours. Our CPD accredited centres can access certificates with our CPD approved logo.

How do I get my CPD certificate?
After participating in a CPD training course or lecture, all attendees should be given a CPD Certificate of Attendance by the CPD provider, including all the relevant information on the attendee, the CPD provider and the course itself.

How do CPD credits work?
CPD credits, or CPD points, equate to hours of active learning (1 CPD credit is equal to 1 hour of active learning). Active learning refers to the actual time spent learning relevant content for an individual CPD course. It is necessary for attendees to record their CPD points after a course in order to track their personal development, as well as for the employer’s records. Certain employers may set annual CDP credit requirements for their employees.

Is CPD certification free?
We provide CDP accreditation at different prices based on the number of courses you have accredited. We offer monthly memberships following a set-up fee of £400.

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What does CPD mean?

What does CPD mean?
CPD, or Continuing Professional Development, involves developing and maintaining skills, knowledge and experience gained as you work. CPD encourages going beyond the necessary training, providing employees with clear guidelines on how to succeed within their roles and progress to higher ones. CPD activities range hugely, from formal educational courses, such as workshops and seminars, to more informal self-directed studies, and work-based mentoring.

What does CPD certified mean?
If training is CPD certified, this means that it has reached the standards required by Advantage Accreditation. This means that all participants in CPD certified activities will have completed a CPD course.

What does CPD accredited mean?
Accredited CPD content has been evaluated for relevance and quality, meaning participants can be assured that the benefits provided by a course or activity will be applicable to their individual work. The learning value of such courses is high, and the courses are guaranteed to be a credible knowledge source.

Is CPD a qualification?
It is not possible to equate CPD to a qualification due to the difference in learning style. Although not classed as a qualification, CPD is recognised as highly valuable as it involves primarily skill-based learning. Education and training is an essential part of any career. The knowledge and experience you will gain from a CPD activity may not provide you with a qualification but will provide you with a plethora of credible skills applicable to your career.

Is CPD Certification recognised in the UK?
Accredited CPD courses are recognised internationally. We have several UK-based CPD centres and many international CPD accredited centres.

Can you put CPD on your CV?
CPD is a valuable attribute on any CV as it showcases various achievements, including those specific to your current or future sector of work. CPD shows your dedication to your work and your extended industry-specific knowledge and experience in your field.

Are CPD diplomas recognized?
Certificates from CPD accredited courses are credible to employers and businesses as they which have been assessed to ensure high quality and integrity. Although in the past employers may have been hesitant to accept online courses, the increasingly prevalent value added to employees through these such courses has greatly increased their appeal.

Can CPD points be used for university?
Just as CPD cannot be equated to a qualification, CPD points cannot be equated to UCAS points when applying to a UK University. However, CPD accredited courses can be discussed in your personal statement and will give universities an insight into your commitment to your future course or career through the extra skills and knowledge you have developed.

What is a CPD qualification equivalent to?
The number of hours spent on accredited CPD courses are equated to CPD points. Certain employers may require employees to reach a set number of CPD points annually, others may suggest recording these points for personal development.

Is CPD accreditation recognised?
Due to the knowledge and skills gained, CPD is recognised by prospective employers as a valuable and credible achievement which has the opportunity to enhance your workplace skills and adapt you to such an environment.

Are CPD courses legit?
Accredited CPD courses are legitimately recognised as fully certified achievements. Accreditation provides a stamp of approval, assuring prospective students of CPD courses that the courses are genuine and valuable. Advantage Accreditation checks checks training content, course materials and trainers to ensure high quality.

You can sign up for CPD accreditation online.

Healthcare Accreditation

What does accreditation mean in healthcare?

Healthcare accreditation ensures patients are receiving quality treatment from well-trained industry professionals and allows the maintenance of this high standard of service. Through seeking accreditation, a company’s standards of care can be increased, whilst decreasing the potential risks, and allowing healthcare organisations to work under the correct regulatory guidelines.


What is the difference between accreditation and certification in a healthcare organisation?

Certification is the written endorsement (a form of documentation) of a company’s product or service by a third party, signifying that a product or service meets a specific set of requirements. Accreditation, however, recognises a company’s ability to carry out certain technical activities, via an impartial and qualified third party. The accreditation process involves we checking for a company’s quality against our standards, alongside national frameworks, and regulations. Trainers are also checked against CQC (Care Quality Commission), Skills for Care, NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and various other industry bodies.


What are different healthcare accreditations?

There are various accreditations catered towards healthcare – CQC, NICE and Skills for Care being several of the most recognised. However, healthcare accreditations can be built around each individual company’s needs and requirements, in order to maximise the quality of healthcare and care training given.


Is accreditation mandatory for healthcare facilities?

Although not mandatory, accreditation is often voluntarily sought by healthcare organisations as it can be a necessity for licencing and certification. This also aids an organisation’s credibility and ensures care receivers feel confident about the quality of the care that they are receiving.


What are the benefits of accreditation in healthcare?

Not only does accreditation provide benefits such as improving an organisation’s CQC rating, improving staff skills, increasing the brand’s image and guarantee quality assurance for service users, it also benefits many other areas of a healthcare organisation’s service. These benefits include: increasing knowledge and ability and retention among staff, proving support for staff and care receivers, creating ready to use and accessible courses, and ensuring more time in spent on care. These factors increase the sustainability of the training services a company provides.


What are accreditation requirements in healthcare?

There are various criteria we uphold for healthcare organisations, focusing on the trainers, the centres, and the courses themselves:

  • How qualified are the staff involved in the training in healthcare?
  • Who is providing the training?
  • How qualified is the training provider in healthcare?
  • Is the centre appropriate for the training?
  • Is all necessary medical equipment available?
  • Are all safety procedures followed in this environment?
  • Does the course provide the necessary skills and knowledge needed by healthcare workers?
  • Is the quality of the course high?
  • Is the course well-presented?


How do you maintain healthcare accreditation?

The most important factor in maintaining healthcare accreditation is consistency. Companies should prioritize focusing on the accreditation requirements of the accreditation provider, completing annual reports to verify that these standards are being consistently maintained to a high standard and applying for approval for any significant changes in training courses.


How do you obtain healthcare accreditation?

You can sign up online for healthcare accreditation.


Further reading: Accreditation for Health and Social Care providers

CPD Across the World

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are one of the best ways to improve your skill set and, as a by-product, boost your job prospects in today’s ever-increasingly competitive job market. CPD certificates are recognised as valuable attributes of employees to employers nowadays. Many employers will look for accredited CPD courses on a prospective employee’s application. Your current employer may even outline a specific requirement for CPD points you must, or are advised to, obtain annually, or throughout your career. Essential or not, CPD courses remain advantageous for individuals to get ahead in their professional role.


Is CPD internationally recognised?

Many CPD courses have been accredited in several countries across the globe, making them a useful asset for those wishing to work outside of the UK. CPD courses with accreditation from a trustworthy accreditation provider are much more likely to be valued by international organisations. However, CPD recognition ultimately depends on your specific employer, so it is best to verify the validity of your completed CPD courses with the establishment you are applying to, to ensure the courses you have completed are beneficial to your role or future role with the company.


CPD in the UK and Ireland

CPD is recognised and respected as a favourable qualification by over 1000 institutes across the UK and Ireland. Many businesses and organisations in the UK now require their employees to complete a set number of CPD courses due to its skill-enhancing nature.  In the UK and Ireland, these courses can be completed via online and in-person seminars, lectures or conferences, or through more practical approaches, including workshops, in-house training, mentoring and various events.


Is CPD recognised in the USA?

A similar qualification is used in the US: Continuing Education (CE) or Continuing Professional Education (CPE), as well as industry specific classification such as Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Legal Education (CLE), etc. These qualifications are slightly different from CPD in that they are generally post-secondary learning for adults wishing to expand their knowledge after formal education, whereas CPD focuses on professional skills surrounding management, communication and similar topics. CPD points can be transferred into CPE points, meaning CPD courses completed in the UK (or via a UK provider) are still beneficial to those who go on to work in the US. Furthermore, CE courses are like CPD in that they are often requirements for professionals, particularly in certain industries.


Is CPD recognised in Australia and New Zealand?

In Australia and New Zealand, a similar system is followed to that in the UK and Ireland. There are many CPD schemes led in these countries with similar requirements and outcomes to CPD courses in the UK. CPD is also a highly valued practice here, and there are several opportunities and various methods through which to complete this training across the region.


CPD elsewhere in the world

Following CPD’s growth in the UK, many other countries are beginning to recognise the importance of CPD and similar courses. In Africa, CPD is an emerging practice, with some UK providers already delivering courses in this continent. Similarly, there is an increasing demand for CPD training in the Middle East- many of the practices already taking place in this region reflect UK CPD practices. We have a number of CPD accredited centres based in the Middle East already.


Are online CPD courses internationally recognised?

In the past, many professional bodies have been hesitant to accept online training as a form of CPD. However, accreditation allows for the reliability in these courses that employers are seeking. Online courses are ideal for post-university students, as well as industry professionals desiring to get ahead and gain experience in their respective industry. Online courses are convenient and easily accessible. Online and distance learning qualifications are often only recognised internationally if these courses are accredited. Therefore, it is advisable to engage in CPD material which has been accredited by a competent external body.


In summary, CPD qualifications or equivalent are recognised internationally, across several continents. Although in some countries, qualifications may go by a different name or have a slightly different focus, such as CPE and CE courses in the USA, these qualifications can be equated to CPD points, or vice versa. This makes CPD courses the perfect way to acquire valuable knowledge, skills and experience to aid you throughout your career, including for individuals interested in working internationally. If you are still unsure if your current or future employer accepts your completed CPD courses, it is best to check with your employers themselves. We are more than happy to answer any questions, so please contact us.

Further reading: The CPD Standards Office: CPD Across the Globe