CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

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WHAT IS CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?

Continuing Professional Development ( CPD)is the learning and development that you carry out throughout your career, to keep abreast of advancements and changes in the profession, and to ensure you continue to perform your role competently.

WHO HAS TO DO CPD?

All of our Associate, Fellow and Academic members and some of our Retired members are required to complete CPD on an annual basis. If you're fully retired and undertake no accountancy work, you will be exempt from the CPD requirements, but you should get in touch with Membership Services to confirm your status if you're not sure. If you're unable to fully complete your CPD due to personal circumstances, please contact Membership Services for guidance.

HOW DOES CPD BENEFIT YOU?

CPD is an investment that you make in yourself. It’s a way of planning your development that links learning directly to practice. CPD can help you keep your skills and knowledge up to date and ensures the professional standard of your qualification is maintained. It can boost your confidence, strengthen your professional credibility and help you become more creative in tackling new challenges.

HOW DOES CPD BENEFIT YOUR ORGANISATION?

CPD provides a framework to manage your employees’ professional development – including staff appraisals – helping you to plan your development needs linked to your business objectives and strategy.

CPD strengthens your reputation as a quality employer; it improves staff morale, staff motivation and workplace performance, enhancing staff retention and recruitment. It promotes your investment in staff development and demonstrates to clients and stakeholders the expertise of your workforce.

HOW DOES CPD BENEFIT THE ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION?

CPD strengthens public trust in the profession, builds stronger accountancy organisations and ensures that the profession is sustainable.

AIA is here to support you in meeting your CPD requirements, we provide a wealth of resources to help you, from face-to-face events to online learning. The section on CPD Requirements will give you an overview of what you need to do and the CPD Guide goes into more depth. If you have any questions, have a look at our CPD FAQs or contact Membership Services if you need more help.