Your CPD records are an excellent way to demonstrate that your knowledge and skills are up-to-date. It doesn’t have to be a slog to keep records and build your CPD portfolio.
If you regularly record your CPD activities as you do them, it’s a straightforward process.
Recording CPD is important and beneficial in a number of ways:
- To assist you in reviewing and reflection
- To remind yourself what you have learned
- To provide information for potential employers: e.g. to help build extended CV
- For appraisals and promotion boards
- For regulatory requirements
- To provide evidence when proving competence
Record and Reflect On Your CPD Activities
Keep a record of your CPD activities and after each activity, reflect on what you have gained – the knowledge you have absorbed, the skills you have developed and how it has influenced your attitude and approach.
Talking to your manager or mentor can help with this as the questions they as will ask will prompt you to see your learning objectively.
The Importance of Reflection
People who reflect on their learning retain more information and are more efficient at applying it to improve their performance.
Reflection is especially important if you want to get the best results from planned development activities.
Some questions to consider:
- What were the key points that you remember and were relevant to you?
- Did the activity go as planned, and if not, why not?
- How could you have done it differently or better?
- How will you change what you do or how you behave as a result of this activity?
- Did it meet your needs?
- How did the activity fit with your learning style – was it right for you or should you try something different next time?
- Do you feel you have learned enough, or is there more you want to find out?
- What follow up actions do I need to take?
Sharing reflection with others who have experienced the same or similar activity can also provide valuable insights into how different perspectives affect our learning.
Recording CPD Using Competences
- Map competence to CPD activities
Decide which competence each CPD activity is linked to. As your CPD leads to increased and improved performance (competence) you can record your new level and chart your progress.
- Collect evidence of competence
Make sure evidence is cross-referenced and indexed so you can easily find each piece should you need it.
Keep a portfolio of evidence and update it with new evidence as you develop your competence and you will always have an excellent record of your abilities.
For more information, see the guidelines for using competence frameworks for CPD.
Attributing CPD Hours to CPD Activities
The CPD hours you record against each activity should reflect the amount of learning that directly contributes to CPD that is relevant to you.
The set guidelines for how many hours can be attributed to any given activity is….
Verification of CPD Activities and CPD Hours
Verification means that evidence of your professional development has been checked and signed off by someone else – usually a line manager or mentor who is familiar with your work and holds an appropriate level of responsibility within your organisation.