Continuing Professional Development ( CPD ) is the systematic maintenance and improvement of knowledge , skills and competence throughout a professional ’ s working life . Its function is to help you plan , review and record what you learn to enable you to achieve your career goals and maintain and improve competence . CPD emphasis is put on you as an individual , developing and steering your own career . As a member of a professional body , you are expected to make a commitment to ensure that the knowledge and skills you gained to qualify for membership are systematically maintained at a suitable level . There is an expectation that you will actively demonstrate your CPD through the acquisition of new knowledge , skills , and competencies . By doing so you will consistently stretch yourself , support your career development and add value to your organisation .
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