Continuing Professional Development (CPD) describes the activities professional people use to keep up-to-date and maintain their knowledge. CPD also develops and enhances careers, and employability, by positive, structured and conscious learning. In addition you can use your CPD log to support progression to obtain full membership of Water Management Society.
Most CPD schemes describe 1 hours learning as 1 CPD point.
Any professional learning activity, such as formal training, toolbox talks, workshops, conferences, e-learning programs, technical reading and professional discussion, can be used to gather CPD points for an individual.
Some professions require practitioners to maintain a CPD log and are prescriptive in the number of CPD points those professionals must attain annually. We do not have such draconian requirements in our industry, but by maintaining a CPD log of your activities you will be ensuring you continue to improve your ability throughout your career, making yourself a more valued employee or supplier.
The individual must keep his or her own CPD record, detailing what activity was undertaken, what was its objective, when it was completed, what more needs to be done to meet the objectives and the time taken (CPD Points). The WMSoc has a record-keeping log available as a download for members.
Routine and day-to-day activities are not considered as giving CPD points – you don’t get points for simply doing your job.