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About the Register

Almost every profession that you can name will now have a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) protocol, it is seen to better the individual professional along with the employer. Here you have the Official CPD Register for the entire UK, every business, sector and entity will be invited to register here.

The Official CPD Register has been created to enhance, continue and maintain robust standards across the various sectors of industry. It is a fundamental part of being a professional to undertake CPD.  Along with ‘on the job learning’, CPD helps to ensure your competence over the course of your career. It is widely recognised that making visible an individual’s CPD has wide-reaching benefits, and those extend far beyond the individual.

The register is open to all Organisations and Professionals who operate within the UK and who meet the standards for publishing their CPD. Additionally, on this website you will find an invaluable resource guide for training courses and providers.

We have designed this site to be extremely user-friendly and ultra-secure, once registered you can upload and maintain information about business and the individuals CPD work and protocols. This is accessed via a secure personalised login, each registrant is invited to create an online CPD portfolio, and their personal records can be linked to their employer’s registration.

The register also has an ‘open portal’, essentially this means employers, clients and alike can view information about Organisations and Individuals who are registered, information is in the form of text, images and dates. This is an invaluable guide, as these entities want and need trained and skilled professionals they can trust.

What is CPD?

CPD is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help an individual manage their own learning and growth. The focus of CPD is firmly on results – the benefits that professional development can bring in the real world. Perhaps the most important message is that one size doesn’t fit all. Wherever a person is within their career and whatever they want to achieve, their CPD should be personal.

We’re not concerned with how much time is spent on training courses or how many boxes can be ticked on a form. CPD is about capturing useful experiences and assessing the practical benefits of what has been learned. There is one decisive question that an individual should ask to evaluate every piece of learning: ‘what can you do now that you couldn’t do before?’ Similarly, when recording their CPD, it’s the value of the activity that counts. It’s not what they did, but how they use all that has been learned.

Sub-heading: How do I get started? We recommend you review your learning over the previous 12 months and set your development objectives for the coming year. Reflecting on the past and planning for the future in this way makes your development more methodical and easier to measure. You may already be doing this as part of your development review with an employer.

There is a set of questions we use when asking you to provide evidence of your CPD. Answering these will help you explore the pattern of your past and planned learning, with the emphasis firmly on the impact of that learning.

Sub-heading: How should I present my CPD? Some people find it helpful to write things down in detail, while others record ‘insights and learning points’ in their diaries as they go along. This helps them to assess their learning continuously. These records and logs are useful tools for planning and reflection: it would be difficult to review your learning and learning needs yearly without regularly recording in some way your experiences.

We don’t provide rigid templates or lay down restrictive rules, either for planning or recording your development activity. You’ll find examples on our website, but that’s all they are – you don’t have to follow them. As long as you clearly identify the practical value of the things you’ve learned, you can do whatever suits you. The thing to remember is that records and logs are tools for planning and reflection. CPD is what you experience, learn and then apply.

You can also record your CPD online where you create, view and edit your record and plan in your ‘My Profile’ area.

Why is CPD important?

It is a fundamental part of being a professional to undertake CPD.  Along with ‘on the job learning’, CPD helps to ensure your competence over the course of your career. Whilst it is acknowledged that a certain amount of learning can be achieved ‘on the job’, it is widely recognised that regular formal education and training is necessary to supplement and enhance such learning.

Key benefits of Continuing Professional Development

  • Those who take a planned approach to skills development tend to move up the career ladder more quickly and in a direction of their choosing. Planning CPD in advance means that it is more likely to be relevant to your working life.
  • A record of CPD can provide evidence of competence – to draw upon for reviews, promotions, interviews and, when necessary, regulatory requirements.
  • CPD allows the industry to demonstrate that all members and at each level are competent and keeping their knowledge and skills up-to-date.
  • CPD should provide you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that you need to have to perform effectively and competently in your role and to meet the expectations placed on you by your employers, colleagues and others who are registered on HBOCR
  • CPD can add to the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that you already have.  There is always a need to learn and develop – age, seniority, expertise and unemployment are not barriers to undertaking CPD

Registration Benefits

When you are a sign up to the Official CPD Register, you are part of a recognised and respected official organisation in the UK. With growing registrations; professionals, clients and employers are all seeing significant benefits.

As a Professional you are required to maintain your CPD records and make them visible. Your employer has already taken a massive step and crucial investment by joining the Official CPD Register and providing you with a Registration Code, by using this and linking yourself to your employer will enable auditors along with governing and awarding bodies to see that both the Individual and the Organisation are making visible their commitment to CPD protocols.

Additional benefits are:
  • Build confidence and credibility; you can see your progression by tracking your learning.
  • Earn more by showcasing your achievements. A handy tool for appraisals, you can also Print your profile record – just like a CV.
  • Achieve your career goals by focussing on your training and development.
  • Cope positively with change by constantly updating your skill set.
  • Be more productive and efficient by reflecting on your learning and highlighting gaps in your knowledge and experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CPD?

CPD is a personal commitment to keeping your professional knowledge up to date and improving your capabilities. It focuses on what you learn and how you develop throughout your career. You’re probably already doing it, but by formally recording your learning you’ll show that you’re actively committed to the development of your career. Perhaps the most important message is that one size doesn’t fit all. Wherever you are in your career now and whatever you want to achieve, your CPD should be exactly that: yours.

What do I need to do?

We recommend you review your learning over the previous 12 months and set your development objectives for the coming year. Reflecting on the past and planning for the future in this way makes your development more methodical and easier to measure. You may already be doing this as part of your development review with an employer.

How much CPD do I need to do?

Our approach is based on reflecting on learning that focuses on outcomes and results, rather than ‘time spent’ or ‘things done’. There are no rules about the amount of CPD you should record, but you should clearly demonstrate how you have developed and what you are now able to contribute that you couldn’t before.

Why should I do CPD?

As a professional, you have a responsibility to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. CPD helps you turn that accountability into a positive opportunity to identify and achieve your own career objectives. CPD is an opportunity to do yourself some good; the nature and scale of the benefit depends entirely on you. The credibility of our profession is based on the willingness of each professional to embrace new skills, knowledge and experience.

Does learning outside work count?

Absolutely. If you do something or learn something outside work that provides a new perspective, adds to your confidence or improves your interpersonal skills inside work, it counts. It’s not what you learn, so much as how you can use it.

Is there a minimum number of hours of training that I have to do?

There are very few things that you ‘have to do’ with CPD. We don’t specify a minimum number of hours of training, or even the kind of learning experience you should have. Again, it’s what works for you – and what’s relevant to you. When we go out and talk to people about CPD, people are sometimes surprised to find that they’re already doing effective CPD.

What if I don’t have the time?

One of the most common misconceptions about CPD is that it takes extra effort over and above your normal daily activities to deliver results. Actually, the most effective personal development is the kind that flows from the experiences and challenges you encounter in your everyday role. Some people set aside a regular hour or so a week to reflect on what they’ve done and plan development, many others incorporate it seamlessly into the way they work, as a way of ‘looking at the world’. Many members find that they’re already doing CPD without realising it – it’s just a question of ‘feeling the benefit’.

Is there a form or template I should use?

There isn’t a rigid template for planning and recording CPD activity. We’ve developed a suite of key questions that will help you reflect on past learning and plan for the future. We also provide tools and examples to show you how other people go about recording CPD. But we’re keen that you adopt an approach that works for you.