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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is the means by which members of professional associations maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives.In recent years many professional bodies have developed explicit CPD policies and made CPD a requirement for continued membership.

CPD is defined as the holistic commitment to structured skills enhancement and personal or professional competence [1]

CPD can also be defined as the conscious updating of professional knowledge and the improvement of professional competence throughout a person's working life. It is a commitment to being professional, keeping up to date and continuously seeking to improve.It is the key to optimizing a person's career opportunities, both today and for the future (Chartered Institute of Professional Development (2000)).

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)[2], CPD should:

  • be continuous - professionals should always be looking for ways to improve performance
  • be the responsibility of the individual learner to own and manage
  • be driven by the learning needs and development of the individual
  • be evaluative rather than descriptive of what has taken place
  • be an essential component of professional and personal life, never an optional extra

CPD research

There are much research on the use of CPD in different domains. In an article by Mac Van der Merwe and Alta van der Merwe (2008) the authors focus on the personal and situational tensions impacting on the use of a mathematics-friendly interactive online discussion forum environment as a reflective tool for the CPD of advantaged and disadvantaged mathematics teachers in South Africa [3].

See also


  1. DTI (2002) Accelerating Change
  2. Marchington. M. and Wilkinson. A. Human Resource Management at Work (People Management & Development) 3rd Edition 2006 London CIPD ISBN 1-84398-062-2
  3. Van der Merwe, M; Van der Merwe, Alta; (2008), Online Continuing Professional Development: tensions impacting on the reflective use of a mathematics-friendly forum environment , South African Computer Journal (42).[1]


Key texts – Books

Golding, L & Gray, I. (2006)(eds) Continuing professional development for clinical psychologists: A practical handbook. Oxford: BPS Blackwell.

Additional material – Books

Key texts – Papers

Department of Health (UK) (1999) Continuing professional development: quality in the new NHS. London. HMSO Division of Clinical Psychology. (2001). Guidelines for continuing professional development. Leicester. British Psychological Society

Additional material - Papers

External links

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CPD: Academic support materials

  • CPD: Academic: Lecture slides
  • CPD: Academic: Lecture notes
  • CPD: Academic: Lecture handouts
  • CPD: Academic: Multimedia materials
  • CPD: Academic: Other academic support materials