Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

So what is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their competencies. It enables you to learn to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive. It does not mean you were not a professional before you started your CPD journey, but rather that you continuously sustain it. CPD combines different approaches to learning, such as training workshopsconferences (e.g. IPMA World Congress ) and eventse-learning programsbest practice techniques and ideas sharing (e.g. IPMA SIGs) all focused on the individual to improve and have effective professional development.

Why is CPD important and why does it matter?

The ongoing or CPD involved in projects is crucial for your personal growth, but also for the organizational growth of the companies you work for. CPDs are now well known and an essential part of practice internationally. IPMA accredits its local Members Association (IPMA Registration & Training Systemto register education and training courses and programmes in project, programme and portfolio management.

Why it matters to you?

In IPMA we are often asked to describe the importance of CPD. You’ve obtained your degree and now want to work in projects? Your new job is all lined up and ready to go? The first part of your mission is accomplished. However, you do not need to wait very long before start lagging behind your colleagues. Although this makes logic for newcomers to the project profession, the same is very true if you have spent years in the industry. CPD is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an ongoing process. It circles back and continues throughout your professional’s career.

What are the benefits of IPMA CPD?

  • CPD ensures your project management competencies keep pace with the current standards in project management.

  • CPD ensures that you maintain and enhance the project management competencies you need to deliver to your customers, clients and the community.

  • CPD ensures that you stay relevant and up to date. You get aware of the changing trends and directions in the project profession.

  • CPD allows you to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ yourself, regardless of your occupation, age or educational level.

  • CPD helps you continue to make a meaningful contribution to your team. This assists you to move into new positions where you can lead, influence, coach and mentor others.

  • CPD can deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be a project professional with a greater appreciation of the implications to the project profession.

  • CPD helps you to advance the body of knowledge and technology within your profession by providing good practices and knowledge sharing case studies.

  • CPD increases public confidence in us as project professionals and to the project profession as a whole.

  • CPD helps you to stay interested, but also interesting.

How can IPMA help you with CPD in Project Management?

IPMA mandates to all project professional organizations and project professionals to conduct under the IPMA Codes of Ethics. But at its core, IPMA calls out for personal responsibility to keep your knowledge and skills up to date. IPMA thus safeguards the public and strives to meet with the expectations of our customers and the requirements of the project profession. Furthermore, IPMA also promotes its network of registered CPD providers (IPMA REG) who represent the benchmarks for the project profession. IPMA registers more than 70 countries around the world to provide recognized independent CPD providers and represent the IPMA core values.

IPMA CPD Expectations for IPMA certified project professional

IPMA CPD scheme requires certified Project Professionals to undertake CPD that meets the following criteria: