What is CPD?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is activity undertaken to ensure your skills and knowledge are up-to-date. The CII member CPD scheme provides a practical framework for ensuring development is addressed in a structured way to meet your personal needs, the needs of your business or employer and the requirements of the CII as a Chartered professional body.
CPD is a common requirement for qualified members of professional bodies. It reflects the fact that, in today's fast changing world, knowledge gained through qualifications quickly dates and, if you are to remain competent, you must continue to develop and enhance your knowledge.
Equally, eligibility for and use of member qualification designations is not simply an indicator of study completed, but also of a commitment to subsequently keeping this knowledge current and being bound by a Code of Ethics.
CPD helps ensure that, as a qualified member, you have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a competitive market. It helps:
- Build public confidence and credibility
- Adapt positively to change by continuously updating skills
- Support any career goals by focusing on relevant training and development
- Be more productive and efficient by reflecting on your learning and highlighting gaps in your knowledge and experience and planning action accordingly
Typically, most insurance and financial advice practitioners, whatever their sector specialism or job role, undertake professional development in the course of their employment. Development needs are often identified as legislation changes or new developments emerge.