What counts as CPD?
Put very simply, CPD is any activity that helps you move forward and develop as a professional.
One of the common misconceptions is that CPD is just about training courses. Courses can be very valuable indeed but they are just one of many ways in which you can maintain and develop your expertise - others include work based learning through tackling new things, reading and research, networking with others and so on - there is more guidance below. Chances are the more advanced you are in your career, the more your learning will tend to be about learning from experience.
What should my CPD cover (CPD areas and topics)?
It’s up to you to decide what you want to learn and what specific CPD would benefit you most but you should try to make sure that the CPD you undertake in any given year includes activities in relation to some or all of the following broad CPD areas, so that what you are doing is broad and balanced:
A. Professionalism This is learning focusing on matters to do with practicing as a energy professional such as conduct and ethics, health and safety, environmental considerations and understanding the changing contexts of practice e.g. new legislation, societal or economic changes. It may also be about supporting other professionals e.g. through mentoring, involvement in your branch, committees and so on.
B. Technical knowledge and skills This is learning in relation to the more technical aspects of your work and the context in which you are working or intend to work
C. Non-technical knowledge and skills This is about general professional skills, for example; communication, training, managing change, information technology and new packages.
What types of activity count towards my CPD?
CPD can include any activity which has helped you to take forward your development as a professional, so it can include a range of learning activities from the following:
- Work based learning This could include taking on projects in new areas, working in new contexts or roles and reflecting on your experience
- Professional activity. This could include being involved in a professional body in some way, for example as part of a branch, committee, panel or network, mentoring others or being mentored.
- Formal / Educational This could include writing articles or papers, further education, training or qualifications, attending courses and conferences.
- Self-directed learning This is deepening your understanding through reading and research around a subject which could include reading journals, reviewing books / articles, internet research and so on
- Other This could include voluntary work or public service activities which have nevertheless helped you to develop skills which you use in your professional life