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Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which people maintain their knowledge and skills related to their professional lives. It helps keep an individual aware of advances in their professional areas and enhances their knowledge and capabilities. It also helps the individual advance in their career paths and gain knowledge in certain areas over a span of time.
Reflective Learning describes the process of learning from start to finish, including a period of reflection where the member is required to recapitulate or ‘reflect’ on their learning experience and record in writing what they have learned, including how they will apply this new knowledge within their current role and beyond.
Having a CPD programme that is based on hours spent in reflective learning provides a much more flexible platform for learning opportunities. Reflective learning can include a wide range of learning activities from reading a published report or article in Continuity, to attending a workshop, to researching a paper for publication. The sky is the limit as long as you reflect!
By focussing of what you have learned rather than simply ticking a box for attendance, you will be better able to plan any future professional development. It also helps you to recognise the value of any learning undertaken and enables better assimilation of new-found knowledge.
Although Reflective Learning within CPD may seem like a time consuming and unfamiliar method, once started it is a quick process that adds significant value to your learning and developing an independent body of knowledge for Business Continuity. The GPG provides an accepted professional benchmark against which the knowledge of BC professionals can be examined.
There are many ways in which CPD will benefit you, these include:
- Ensuring you are always up to date with the latest developments
- Giving confidence of your knowledge to your employer and clients
- Enabling you to show your achievements for your appraisals
- Providing the evidence for you to upgrade to the next level of BCI membership
- Enable you to identify and rectify any gaps in your knowledge and experience
How does it work?
Currently CPD is on a voluntary basis. The cycle will be over a four year period, equating to one working year and three full completed years. A minimum number of hours are required to be completed by each grade, across the six BC professional practices, in each year with a minimum number of hours across the three years rolling forward each year. The CPD year will start on the 1st January and end on the 31st December.
We recognise that it is impossible for many of you to attend BC events and collect CPD ‘points’. Therefore we are using an hour’s based system which includes plenty of opportunity for flexible learning and development.
There are two types of CPD learning, Structured and Unstructured.
Structured CPD has learning as the primary objective and is usually measurable and verifiable. There are two forms of structured CPD.
Directed study which is largely interactive and may include:
- Participating in BCI forums, serving on BCI Committees and Working Groups
- Attending BC related conferences, seminars, workshops, courses as a delegate
- Attending BC related training events as a delegate
- Undergoing BC related in-house training at your place of work
- Participating in technology assisted BC related learning activities such as webinars, E-Learning, DVDs
Self-directed study which is often performed on an individual basis and may include:
- BC related research for publication
- Writing original BC related articles for publication
- Lecturing or training on a BC related topic (not as a professional trainer)
- Presenting at a conference/seminar on a BC related topic
- Acting as a Mentor for the BCI
Unstructured CPD is any form of informal learning or development of your day to day working skills achieved through self-study and/or informal training. Non-BC related activities are also included in this section. Examples of unstructured CPD may include:
- A major change in your type of employment (e.g. from consultancy to industry) or major changes in your job responsibilities requiring significant development of new skills (e.g. learning about a different industry, assuming increased responsibilities, moving to a new department that is significantly different) may count towards the unstructured CPD requirement
- Reading BC related articles
- Attending non-BC related training (e.g. general management skills training)
- Studying for non-BC related certifications (e.g. Project Management)