Continuing Professional Development (CPD) allows individuals to develop their skills throughout their working lives. Sharing knowledge about professional archaeology improves standards, promotes best practices and attracts new people into archaeology.
CPD requirements for members
All individual accredited members must:
- complete at least 50 hours of CPD every two years.
- have a personal development plan (PDP)
- record all their CPD in a CPD log
Personal Development Plans (PDP)
Your PDP outlines personal and professional learning targets for the next two years. It should include:
- your learning goals for the next two years
- where you might be able to acquire these skills
Your CPD log is for recording your CPD activity and can be used as evidence of your achievements. You can include any activities on your CPD log which help you achieve the learning goals outlined in your PDP.
What counts as CPD?
We believe in self-directed CPD. This means you choose the form of training or learning that relates to your overall goals set out in your PDP. For example, if you attend a two-day conference but only one hour-long session is directly relevant to your PDP, you should only record that session in your CPD log.
Types of CPD include:
- home-based learning
- work-based learning
- in-house training courses
- external training courses
- preparatory research
- formal research
Five tips for supporting your own professional development
- Plan – think about and update your Personal Development Plan (PDP) regularly (we recommend every six months)
- Awareness – make sure your employer is aware you have a PDP, take it along to your next appraisal. If you are self employed, you will need to act as both employer and employee... even more important to add to your diary!
- Record – ensure you record every learning opportunity you take in a CPD log. We have a template for this but you can use anything – a diary, spreadsheet, notebook – there are also apps available for smart
phones and tablets
- Review – establish a regular review cycle of your PDP and CPD to make sure they are up to date and relevant... or maybe ask an individual in a similar situation so you can help each other
- Document – it is useful to keep any certificates together in case someone ask to see them - and retain the course documentation and notes so you can keep using them.
To read more about members’ accounts of their experiences of CPD look at My CPD
Proforma and examples