A Rough Guide to CPD

Once you have qualified, your ongoing success depends on keeping your skills up to date. You do that through the eCademy's CPD courses. Understanding that the ability of you or your organisation to progress is directly linked to how often you and others engage in CPD: Continuing Professional Development. After all, how do you expect to keep up with the ever-changing demands of our profession if you don’t stay up to date?

Ongoing learning enables a level of growth that separates the average ‘bookkeeper’ from the truly outstanding corporate accountant. This is defined by the level of ongoing learning. CPD is a proven route to greater success if that’s what you’re looking for?

What is CPD?

Through participation-based interactive or self-learning, CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is the process of developing professional skills and knowledge. It pro-actively helps you develop the professional skills through certified training as provided through the eCademy, or using self-guided methods.

Irrespective of what avenue is followed it requires the learner to set objectives for both the short and long-term and these have to be structured and specific. Keeping records of your achievements is vital as you may have to showcase these at later date but it also enables you to reflect on what you have learned and gives you tangible evidence of what you have achieved. We help you by supplying these through the eCademy.

It is advantageous for learners to build on technical and non-technical skills so that they can develop the understanding and expertise to enable them to follow any professional path regardless of how complex.


Learning Types

As previously mentioned there are 2 different CPD learning styles:

Here we adopt an interactive approach underpinned by participatory learning. The method’s integral activities are training courses, workshops, conferences, seminars, lectures, and e-learning courses. In the case of the CAA, these are all provided through the eCademy and are certified.
This style of learning constitutes all unsupervised CPD activities, including reading articles and publications, either online or in print. Unstructured learning material includes peer-reviewed books and studies, industry journals, trade magazines, and industry-specific news feeds. The major failing with this method is it is self-certified and is hard to provide ‘physical’ proof of how your skills have improved.

Irrespective of the route followed a learner has to set themselves targets and work out a routine that will get them to where they wish to be. To help our members we have developed our Professional CPD cycle which shows a structured route that not only helps you get through the work but also ensures certification.

CPD Plan

Last modified: Thursday, 26 May 2022, 4:08 AM