How do you record and audit CPD across your organisation?

It’s quite common these days for a professional body or trade association to be looking for its members to record continuing professional development (CPD). Indeed, in many Chartered Institutions it is part of being a member of that organisation.  However, many organisations are failing their members by not providing them with the right tool to record their CPD in the first place.

Quite often we hear stories of CPD being completed by individuals only to find that they need to complete a spreadsheet and submit it somewhere. Filling in a spreadsheet doesn’t show how much time and effort has gone into achieving that unit of CPD.  How does the member know how many points/hours that item is worth and are they on target to meet the required number of units to meet your organisations requirements? At some point there will need to be a way of demonstrating the compliance of members completing their CPD.

If your organisation says that it’s going to take a random check of the CPD being submitted, how will this happen?  If the evidence is being submitted by periodic emails or spreadsheets submitted by your employees or members, how are you going to collate all of the information and decide whether the quality of the information submitted is acceptable within your guidelines? Continuing Professional Development is just that, it’s the professional development of your employees or members. Often the individuals have spent a considerable amount of time and effort researching, volunteering, attending events to make up the required number of points or hours to meet your criteria. To be asked to complete a spreadsheet or email in some kind of evidence trail isn’t really cutting it anymore.  Surely your employees or members deserve something better and you need a much easier and less time consuming way to audit all of this evidence.

Contact Skills+ to see how they can help you record and audit your organisations CPD.