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Continuing Professional Development
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Continuing Professional Development

IEP is committed to members maintaining their professional status through undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). IEP expects members to make a commitment to remain up to date with their competence, knowledge and skills and to use this in support of their career progression.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is defined as enabling employability practitioners to maintain the competence, knowledge and skills central to their job roles and to pursue successful professional careers in employment related services.  It is based on the principles that CPD is:

  • Continuous because practitioners are always learning.
  • Professional because professionals understand the benefits that learning brings to themselves, their employers and their client groups.
  • Developmental because the purpose is to raise personal performance and enhance career prospects.
  • Relevant because learning helps practitioners in their job roles.
  • Progressive because learning gives practitioners the opportunity to advance their career.
  • Flexible because learning suits the needs of the learner and is obtained in wide range of activities.
  • Recognised because learning has a value and its impact can be measured.

All members are expected to:

  • Maintain and update their own professional competence, knowledge and skills.
  • Use CPD to provide a professional and up to date service to their client groups/people they work with.
  • Record their CPD and make it available to employers and IEP.
  • Use CPD to progress between membership grades.
  • Actively seek support from their employer to develop their competence, knowledge and skills in key areas of their job role.

Appropriate activities

IEP recognises a wide range of activities for the purposes of CPD.  Some are known to require high levels of input from the learner and have a high impact e.g. attending an IEP endorsed training course or participating in coaching.  IEP also recognises wider activities that have a lower impact and require less effort from the learner e.g. writing a blog or attending a meeting.

CPD activities should always be relevant to the needs of IEP’s members and their employers and in the case of formal training activities should be; well-designed, with clear aims and objectives, well-run and taught by experienced professionals and regularly evaluated, reviewed and updated.

Recording your CPD

The IEP has developed a method for members to record their CPD activities. Attending IEP Events and the IEP Accredited Sector Induction designed for frontline staff that enables members to earn CPD points through completion of our specialist modules.

Members find out more here.  Not a member? Join here