Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about CPD. If you have any further questions, please contact us.
Why is independent CPD important?
CPD activities demonstrate that you are dedicated to self-improvement and are committed to continuing your learning alongside your professional career. It will allow a delegate to become a more independent learner which can positively impact their practices within the workplace as well enriching their knowledge in an area that is important. CPD training not only keeps you up-to-date in your profession but heightens your learning as well.
What is a CPD hour, unit or point?
A CPD hour is a measure of the amount of time a delegate has been actively learning about something that continues their professional development. A CPD unit or point is usually equivalent to a CPD hour; 1 hour is equal to 1 unit or point.
How is CPD recorded?
CPD activity is recorded depending on the type of activity the delegate is undertaking. This can be through a timesheet recording of how long is spent reading or taking part in a seminar. Participation certificates for attending CPD events also count as do self-assessed forms or workbooks.
How should I allocate my CPD time?
The allocation of CPD hours is dependent on the delegates' industry/sector and their company’s specifications. Each individual has to research and manage their CPD hour to find out how much they need to do as well as judge the best way to put those hours to use. There are a variety of different ways to gain these CPD hours from lectures & workshops to online structure CPD learning – varying your learning is always positive!
What is the process of gaining CPD accreditation?
There are 3 steps to our registration process.
- Step 1: Centre registration
- Step 2: CPD approval
- Step 3: Certification
Once you become an approved centre we will assess your resources and training materials to ensure they meet the CPD framework standards. Once any updates are made in line with official standards, you will become CPD-certified with Advantage Accreditation.
What happens if certification criteria are not met?
If criteria are not met in your centre application or training materials & resources approval, there could be several different reasons for this, but we will provide detailed feedback to support you in reaching certification. Once any amendments or updates have been applied Advantage will reevaluate the event and issue approval once the CPD standards have been met.
What is the difference between being accredited by you and an awarding body?
Awarding bodies issue qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual, who are responsible for implementing RQF (Regulated Qualification Framework) Independent Accreditation is where a third-party organisation checks the training event content, quality of course material & commitment to providing high-quality training. This gives businesses and trainers more freedom to conduct their training themselves with more flexibility to deliver tailored courses to meet the learning requirements of the delegates.
Why get CPD accredited when activities already count for CPD?
Gaining accreditation from Advantage shows your commitment to your customers, delegates and the businesses you interact with every day. The implementation of structure and standards with Advantages’ help can elevate your CPD training and your delegates' learning in line with top quality standards. This can set you apart from competitors by showing your training has been externally validated.