Continuing professional development

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a range of learning activities through which you can maintain or enhance your capacity to practise legally, safely, ethically and effectively.

The College of Policing CPD model is output-based.  This means it's not about what you put in - it's what you get out that counts.

Continuing Professional Development
CPD ensures you are able to maintain and enhance your competence throughout your career. It is likely to be something you already do, although it may not have previously been recognised as CPD.

The College of Policing defines CPD as:

'A range of learning activities through which you can maintain or enhance your capacity to practise legally, safely, ethically and effectively.'

Maintaining involves you taking personal responsibility to ensure that you keep your knowledge and skills up to date, in line with any changes to legislation or practice advancements and in line with existing national standards for your role. These standards include the national occupational standards, standards of authorised professional practice  and learning standards in the national policing curriculum.

Enhancing' emphasises that the purpose of CPD activity should not be restricted to maintaining competence. CPD supports the notion of lifelong learning. It should, therefore, be a personal commitment to continuously seeking to improve, either within the scope of an existing role or to support career progression.

You are at the heart of the College's CPD model. You are not required to undertake a certain number of hours of CPD or obtain a certain number of points. The only requirement is that you take personal responsibility for your development.  Taking personal responsibility enables you to take control.

The College CPD framework and the 5ws of CPD (the what, when, who, where, why) listed on the right can help answer any of your questions. Finally, if you are unsure how to undertake CPD, please visit the the 'how' of CPD page.

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