Who is your organisation?
Our organisation is called The Professional Development Consortium Ltd.
It is home to the following two activities with their respective brands: The CPD Standards Office and The CPD Research Project
The CPD Standards Office is our ‘commercial activity’ and generates revenue for the organisation. The CPD Research Project is ongoing research we do, at cost, or as a loss leader, to demonstrate we are progressive in our understanding about CPD and professional development generally.
Within the Professional Development Consortium, our dual CPD research and accreditation activities sharpen our knowledge and expertise.
We work with individual coaches, training providers, employers, and ‘membership organisations’ as a collaborative CPD network & community.
What is CPD?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development.
After taking an undergraduate degree, then a postgraduate, then any professional training that connects you to a professional body or regulator, you are then expected to do CPD as part of your membership requirement with that professional body.
Essentially it is the practice of lifelong learning which keeps professional qualifications topped up and ensures that individual professionals knowledge and skills are consistently updated.
Usually professional bodies CPD requirements are structured in terms of hours e.g. accountants are expected to undertake approximately 40 CPD hours per annum.
However, there are other ways that professional bodies can structure their CPD – through learning outputs or learning outcomes – to learn more about this, we have a 3 Minute Guide to CPD.
What does the CPD Standards Office do?
The CPD Standards Office accredits ‘learning activities’ for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.
We work with individual coaches, training providers, employers and ‘membership organisations’ as a collaborative community.
When organisations join us, they go through an assessment process, which results in them receiving a logo, a certificate template and a listing on our website.
Hence we provide a 3rd party, independent verification that a learning activity is worthwhile for CPD purposes.
We have 5 different areas that we accredit:
Each has a slightly different logo which indicates the category they have been accredited for, and this is an example for training course:
Each logo also contains their unique provider number and the two year time period for which they have been accredited.
Who are your customers?
Small training providers e.g. 001 Inspiration, From Pitch to Boardroom
Conference and events companies e.g. Centaur Media
Employers e.g. Nationwide
Service based companies with a training course / educational seminars e.g. Sarasin, Google
Product based companies with a training activity that they deliver to customers or prospects e.g. Built Environment Networks
Coaching organisations e.g. Shirlaws Coaching
What is your history / background?
The Professional Development Consortium was established in 2012.
Prior to this, in 2010, our main founder, Amanda Rosewarne conducted a largescale research project at Kingston Business School, which was undertaken with the Centre for Research in Employment, Skills and Society (CRESS).
This research surveyed over 1000 individuals experiences of CPD, and interviewed around 50 professional bodies, regulators and membership organisations.
The research questions were rooted in occupational (business) psychology) and used occupational psychology theories and concepts to question assumptions and ask questions like:
Does CPD really have an organisational benefit?
How do individuals perceive CPD?
What are the most effective CPD activities?
What do you assess?
From your advertising, to joining instructions, to experiencing the learning activity, to evaluation, to them applying it within their role, all from a CPD perspective.
What does your assessment criteria cover?
The assessment itself asks questions on how you as a training provider deliver your training courses / events / online modules consistently to a high standard, why you are authoritative / credible in the areas that you teach, and examines the overall structure and framework
How do I go through your assessment process?
The registration is simply completion of a 2 page document confirming your organisation and contact details and the subscription details. It is simply your commitment to work with us.
On receipt of a registration form, our Head of Assessment, Diane Rose, will be in touch with you with your welcome documents, assessment details and invoice.
Assessments generally completed within 30 days of submission, and after submitting, the assessor may ask for further information which has not been given on the initial application to complete the Assessment.
Diane Rose is our Head of Assessment, and works with Approved Assessors
What do I receive on becoming accredited?
Confirmation Letter of successful accreditation
A CPD Standards accredited logo with a unique provider number
A set of Best Practice recommendations
CPD Attendance Certificate Template which the provider then issues to delegates on request.
Guidance and on the Use of the CPD Standards logos.
Where applicable, an example evaluation form for delegates to complete at the end of a course or event.
Do you have any information about your accreditation criteria?
How is your assessment independent?
It is overseen by an expert advisory board on which sit a mixture of CPD and accreditation experts and individuals from professional bodies and regulators.
What if I fail the assessment process?
What about protecting my training materials?
Is CPD a regulated area?
There is no Government Department that represents education beyond university level.
CPD levels and requirements are set by the professional bodies who are ‘kings within their sector’
The only CPD authority body is the CPD Institute – see www.cpdinstitute.org – who have individual professionals that join them to pledge to do 40 hours per annum CPD with them.
They do not accredit – but we have a formal collaboration with them so we are their accrediting arm see: https://cpdinstitute.org/accreditation?locale=en
What gives you the authority to accredit?
We are associated with universities and educational organisations, and work closely with professional bodies and institutes, and with a growing number of employers.
Our criteria and processes are overseen by an independent advisory board of experts, drawn from academics, CPD professionals and employers.
Who recognises you?
Which professional bodies have you worked with?
Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA)
The Solicitors Regulation Authority
Association of Project Management
Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Institute of Patent Attorneys (IPA)
British Psychological Society(BPS)
Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE)
College of Occupational Therapists
Royal College of GPs
Academy of Royal Medical Colleges
Global PA Network
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment
Institute of Financial Services (IFS) – School of Finance
Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
Energy Institute (EI)
Institute of Physics (IoP)
Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE)
Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET)
British Computer Society (BCS)
Institute of Gas Engineers
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
General Dental Council (GDC)
General Medical Council (GMC)
What’s The Difference Between You & Being Accredited By A Professional Body?
Enables you to sell across sectors, professions and industries
Focuses on your educational processes and so guarantees quality
Enables you to differentiate yourself further if you are selling into a highly competitive sector
Is 100% focused on CPD provision and accredits by item. Many professional bodies only accredit the training provider as an organisation. So little advice is given on the delivery of specific activities
Is rooted in ongoing academic and practitioner-based research, enabling us to respond to changing CPD and educational requirements.
How do you allocate CPD points?
During the course of your assessment we will look at the training or learning activity thoroughly and advise on the number of CPD hours or points it is worth. In terms of points, the general rule of thumb is 1 point = 1 hour, but again this will all be confirmed during the assessment so that you are able to advise delegates confidently.
What is the difference between you and the CPD Certification Service?
The CPD Certification Service is primarily based in the construction sector, whereas we cover all sectors and professions.
In addition, they only have one accredited logo for any type of provider, whereas the CPD Standards Office has 4 different accredited logos dependent on the type of learning activity.
I am already accredited for CPD with the CPD Certification Service:
Some of the prospects are already registered with CPD UK. These are still potential prospects, as many of CPD UK’s clients have moved over to us.
The main way to handle the call is to:
Ask when they are due for renewal
Ask who is in charge of the renewals
Say that we have a sliding scale of fees, and that accreditation with us is more cost effective.
In addition, we have a thriving CPD community and there are various member benefits such as discounts to industry events and resources, as well as free marketing events.
Our ongoing research into CPD also means that we have unrivalled knowledge of CPD across different sectors and can provide detailed advice.
Why Should We Be Accredited By You When Our Activities Or Coaching Already Count For CPD?
The CPD market is growing rapidly. Without realising it, you may be failing to take full advantage of this by not being explicit that your activities or coaching count for CPD
Not all activities automatically qualify for CPD. You may be excluding yourself from the CPD market by not knowing how to make your activities ‘CPD ready’. Our team of CPD experts can help you.