Continuing professional development (CPD) is promoted by the ICPD to support the systematic development and accreditation of its members. The aim is that the continuous search to improve knowledge and skills through exposure to new experiences benefits both the individual and the business. The ICPD actively promotes CPD along with other professional bodies such as lawyers, accountants and experts. The world is not static and no new developments in all emerging areas all the time, which is both challenging and exciting. Change gives individuals the opportunity to expand their capacity and keep pace increases confidence and helps build credibility.
For businesses, the benefits are the ability to stay ahead of competitors and increase profits. Therefore, through exposure to new initiatives benefit both parties. CPD is a continuous improvement cycle, identification of new experiences ahead. Having gained new experience that comes the analysis of what has been learned and how put into practice at work, before considering the development of new next. CPD is self-directed and requires motivation and commitment to improving the standards of their own staff, that some people can be a challenge in itself. Maintaining momentum is also important and the establishment of personal goals of what should be achieved within a specified period. For those that manage to keep the cycle is a huge sense of accomplishment. The process can take many forms? attend seminars, courses and academic conferences, conducting work-based activities, secondments and project management or read books and magazines.
Individuals may have a particular learning style, but to develop their skills from time to time you should take one that does not come naturally. For example, a person who learns best from active participation in solving problems that could take a more theoretical and read an article on the subject instead. Intertwined within the ICPD code of practice is the requirement of human resources professionals to encourage and assist the development of other individuals. Personal satisfaction can be gained from having helped someone might see them develop new skills to flourish once the trust they have earned. In order to fulfill our obligations as human resource professionals in the promotion of CPD, there are several possible solutions – becoming a role model, mentor and coach. A model that lead by example to show those interested how to do and the benefits to be gained. As a mentor of a Human Resources professional can give people the benefit of their knowledge of valuable information transmission of knowledge and coaching skills or positively encouraging that the person knows the path ahead. Any or all of these tracks you can follow everyone’s satisfaction.