Continued professional development is important for creating value with your employees, helping them

to broaden their skills and add more energy to the business. However, it can also be a key element in employee retention and reducing turnover rates.

With these two aspects in mind, professional development plays an integral part in the overall success of any enterprise.

Allocating time for CPD is a responsibility for individuals and professionals alike. They need to understand the Continuing Professional Development requirements for their organisation/industry to understand how their CPD training and learning should be recorded and the minimum number of hours that should be given to the activity.

Most institutes provide their members with CPD requirements generally as a minimum annual number of hours. These targets are defined by the accrual of CPD hours through seminars and workshops, events and conferences as well as more structured forms of learning. These hours are sometimes converted to units or credits. The majority of institutions allow members to choose subjects of relevance to them as in their role, a minority also require their members to seek CPD on a range of core subject areas as well as surrounding topics.

CPD is not simply an add-on, it is an essential component of enterprise professionalism on an individual and organisational basis. It is part of the professional competence and integrity of all professionals to actively engage with CPD. Your development is your responsibility, so you must take control of your career.

To achieve your career ambitions in today’s fast-changing world you need to commit to CPD.

Four simple, effective steps to implementing CPD are;

  1. Identify your own development needs 
  2. Plan your development activities, and DO them.
  3. Understand how you have benefitted
  4. Reflect on how this has enhanced your skills, capabilities and competencies.

And repeat!

Take a look at the STATS:


The Team at Leap Like A Salmon have created an original infographic showing how necessary not only having a CPD function is, but also a comprehensive CPD framework.

For your further reading, there is a great article here at, with more on CPD stats.

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