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Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Change is constant, and in the ever-changing world we live in, it becomes almost imperative to keep progressing in our professional endeavours. The best option to keep up with this is to use continuing professional development (CPD) programmes to stay ahead of the curve. Continuous learning results in superior growth, so if you want to achieve greater success in your professional career, CPD is the way forward. CPD is described as ‘the systematic maintenance and improvement of knowledge, skills and competence throughout a professional’s working life’. A commitment to CPD is an integral part of being a professional. Whether it is through attending local events, running short courses, personal research, networking or other methods, we are keen to see students and younger professionals maintain their links with IPMP and use the Institute as a partner for lifelong learning.

Keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in today’s fast-changing world of work is vitally important, yet some people find it more challenging to plan and systematically improve their own skills than to set up systems for continuous improvement in the workplace. IPMP offers members guidance and support to help them get the best out of their Continuing Professional Development.

IPMP have made a strong commitment to CPD and all members are expected to adopt the philosophy as part of their own career paths. Commitment to CPD will be seen as a key indicator when seeking to upgrade to higher levels of IPMP membership.

Institute of Project Management Professionals continuous professional development refers to the process of training and developing project management professional knowledge and skills through independent, participation-based or interactive learning. This form of learning allows professionals to improve their capabilities with the help of certified learning. IPMP CPD courses for professionals reflect their current expectations as well as future ambitions. As your career develops, the knowledge and skills you require will also evolve. This is where IPMP CPD will come to your rescue and help you steer your career in the future.

IPMP CPD is also described as ‘the systematic maintenance and improvement of knowledge, skills and competence throughout a professional’s working life’. A commitment to CPD is an integral part of being a professional.

Keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in today’s fast-changing world of work is vitally important, yet some people find it more challenging to plan and systematically improve their own skills than to set up systems for continuous improvement in the workplace. IPMP offers members guidance and support to help them get the best out of their Continuing Professional Development.

IPMP have made a strong commitment to CPD and all members are expected to adopt the philosophy as part of their own career paths. Commitment to CPD will be seen as a key indicator when seeking to upgrade to higher levels of IPMP membership.

IPMP CPD can only be effective when:

  • It is part of a planned process;
  • There is a clear perspective on the improvement required;
  • It is tailored individually to each professional;
  • It is taught by people who have the necessary expertise, experience and skills.

In addition, project management professionals have to set their short-term and long-term objectives while implementing a structured learning plan. They may also be required to record what they are learning and the progress they make in order to keep track of the skills and knowledge they obtain. IPMP CPD training helps project management professionals to:

  • Stay up to date with the latest trends and learn new skills;
  • Improve their performance at work;
  • Boost their self-confidence;
  • Enhance their professional reputation and future job prospects;
  • Obtain concrete proof of their professionalism and commitment.

Types of IPMP continuing professional development

  • Formal CPD: This type of CPD involves active and structured learning that is usually done outside the organisation for which you work. Formal CPD usually consists of more than one professional, however in some cases it could just involve a single professional. Some activities in this form of structured learning include:
    • Offline and online training programmes;
    • Learning-focused seminars and conferences;
    • Workshops and events;
    • Lectures.
  • Informal CPD: Informal CPD is also known as self-directed learning, in which the professionals carry out development activities according to their own choice and without a structured syllabus. This form of learning usually consists of:
    • Studying publications written by industry experts;
    • Perusing relevant case studies and articles;
    • Listening to industry-specific podcasts and following industry-specific news;
    • Studying and revising for professional exams.

 Importance of continuing professional development

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think” – Albert Einstein.

In order to improve their skills and knowledge while working, professionals usually opt for continuous professional development programmes. This is because at this level, they have already earned academic qualifications and are now working in the industry of their choice. CDP helps business professionals learn in a structured and practical format that boosts their overall skills and knowledge. It also helps them ascertain the knowledge and skills they need to obtain within a short time period, so the improvement can be recognisable.

 Benefits of continuous professional development

Continuous professional development programmes provide two-fold benefits, for the learner and for the employer.

The benefits of IPMP CPD for the learner:

  • Improves intellect, personal skills and confidence;
  • Opens doors to excellent future employment opportunities;
  • Improves learning ability;
  • Promotes independent learning;
  • Demonstrates ambition and commitment to professional self-improvement;
  • Relevant practical qualifications that will impress current and prospective employers.

The benefits of IPMP CPD for the employer:

  • Sets a high standard across the company for staff development;
  • Improves productivity with the help of motivated and skilled employees;
  • Endorses a learning culture in the organisation;
  • Enhances the reputation of the company among prospective employees and clients;
  • Increases employee retention;
  • Allows the company to keep up with the latest trends and changes in the industry.