Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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

Our CPD model is output-based: it's not about what you put in - it's what you get out that counts.

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.

CPD week returns again this year, and we’ve extended it to a fortnight! Find out more.

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.

*Please note that the College's CPD Framework document is currently unavailable to download. An updated document will be published as soon as possible. Please contact the Professional Development team for more information.



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