All members are encouraged to undertake and record CPD throughout each year in order to keep knowledge up-to-date. Full and Provisional members must undertake at least 30 hours of CPD each year.
The APBC CPD YEAR IS BETWEEN 1ST AUGUST UNTIL 31ST JULY
When completing your CPD record, please follow this guidance:
- A record of a minimum of 30 hours CPD activities for the year is required.
- Any activities you undertake in order to further your professional competence, which should be part of a planned self-development programme, can be counted towards your CPD. Appropriate activities may include:
Peer review/feedback; Formal CPD delivered by a third party; Attending face-to-face or online courses/seminars/workshops/conferences; Studying for an external qualification; Self-directed learning; Reading relevant literature; Research; Preparing a new lecture/presentation; Preparing and writing an article/paper; Work-based observation.
There is no restriction on the number of hours of self-directed learning that can count towards your CPD as long as you reflect on your CPD as a result of that learning. The judgement of what should count as CPD is your own and will vary for each individual. It is up to you to decide how best to fulfil your own learning needs. It is your responsibility to keep a record of your planned learning and activities, and to keep evidence of participation in courses and other activities.
You should review your CPD needs regularly and plan ahead, so that you can make the most of development opportunities as they arise. Planning ahead will also enable you to take part in more cost-effective and focused activities, rather than attending seminars or other events ad hoc, and then finding that they did not meet your needs.