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The Importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

CPD: an investment for you and your employer



Whatever your chosen field continuing professional development (CPD) involves maintaining enhancing and extending your knowledge expertise and competence. It includes:

  • keeping up to date with technical developments in your area(s) of specialisation;

  • extending your knowledge into other relevant fields.

  • honing existing skills and developing new ones.

  • developing an understanding of the practical application of new skills and knowledge.

  • applying your learning and accumulating experience.

It is useful to think of CPD as an investment – an investment by you in your career and an investment in your development as a professional by your employer. Both parties (you and your employer) can contribute to the investment.

Whilst you might be contributing time and effort your employer might be supporting you in a range of ways including accessing CPD/study leave and covering or sharing the cost.

Being a new graduate or young professional in the early stages of your career presents an opportunity to set the course for and to drive your own CPD rather than allowing it to be something that is imposed on you or undertaken in haste when you have a pressing need.


When you take control of your CPD you are well positioned to ensure that it satisfies you personally easily meets any professional registration requirements and allows you to contribute to the standing of your profession.


Illuminate Coaching & Training work with individuals and employers to deliver a result orientated short course that can be actioned in the workplace with immediate and lasting effect.


We run a structured course that successfully delivers the course outline to all participants; however, we also take the time to address any individual challenge where possible.

At the conclusion of the course, participants receive a Course Certificate which can be added to the resume as evidence of CPD.


We look forward to working with you on your continued professional development journey.


Michael Robinson


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