CPD – Continuing Professional Development

IRDG is a member of the CPD Certification Service.

As such we can allocate CPD hours on a variety of different learning events throughout the year.

What is CPD?

Professionals across all industries are aware of the importance of training & development, and the need to enhance skills to stay proficient in the workplace. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is the term used to describe the commitment to lifelong learning, a skill that is invaluable to people across every segment of society.

The undertaking of CPD activities ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out dated or obsolete. The importance of CPD is to keep professionals up to date with relevant training, information, skills and knowledge so that they remain competent throughout their career journey.

CPD training should never be undervalued. CPD enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than merely reactive.

How does CPD work?

CPD focuses on a range of structured learning activities including workshops, seminars, conferences and events, as well as many non-structured activities such as self-directed study.

IRDG will apply for accreditation for a variety of different events throughout the year. The CPD Certification Service will then make a judgement, reviewing the content, approach, learning opportunity etc. Once approved for CPD we are eligible to promote the event as such. Details of CPD available for an event will be included with the event details on the IRDG website.

For the Individual

Many professional bodies and institutions provide individuals with CPD targets generally expressed in points, hours or credits. Individuals should verify with their professional body’s CPD requirements to understand if IRDG accredited activities can be recorded. Responsibility for recording CPD hours always rests with the individual. This can be done using CPD record forms. When an individual completes a CPD activity they will often be required to provide evidence. IRDG will provide CPD Certificates on request for qualifying events.

Benefits of CPD

CPD ensures individuals are kept informed, up-skilled and remain proficient to change in practice. By providing CPD to members, IRDG will help support the CPD obligations of individuals who are affiliated to professional bodies and associations.


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