Continuing professional development (CPD) is part of the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism and fundamental to today’s business environment. It ensures that you have the breadth of knowledge illustrating your commitment to lifelong learning in a rapidly changing environment.
APM expect professionals to undertake 35 hours of formal and informal professional development every year. This is a professional obligation to clients and employers. As a committed project management professional, you are responsible for your own CPD activities and you are expected to complete the required hours every year.
APM is pleased to be a research partner of the Professional Development Consortium who exist to support all those involved with Continuing Professional Development. Find out more about their research including some undertaken with the APM community, and the latest guidance and good practice for CPD.
To create a APM CPD log, you should assess yourself against the APM Competence Framework; alternatively you may wish to use the high level version for CPD purposes. This will help you identify current and future needs in developing your project competence, help clarify your professional development requirements and assist you in establishing your objectives for the coming year.
Your initial review will help identify the competence areas you may wish to develop and/or maintain. You can use this as a base to decide the areas you would like to develop over the next year.
You should develop specific objectives, decide the activities that will support your development and record them on your CPD log. These activities should be chosen to:
- contribute your 35 hours of CPD annually
- enhance your project related knowledge, skills and competence,
- provide variety in your CPD activities, by demonstrating more than one type of CPD activity per year,
- meet your objectives.
For further guidance, download the two sample logs,
Once you have completed your review and planned your activities, it is now time to complete some of those activities. There may be other opportunities to support your development that you have not planned for, so be aware of these.
Record your CPD activities on your APM CPD log and make a note of your outcomes. This is an opportunity to reflect on how have these activities helped develop your project capabilities.
Review your APM CPD log at least annually. Consider your new found knowledge and experience, revisit your final review and re-plan your next 12 months. For further information you can download guidance on writing about your reflection.
The APM CPD scheme for members is run from the date your membership commences and the annual CPD requirement should be undertaken before the renewal of your annual membership. Ensure that all of your activities are within the past 12 months and do not include any unfinished, on-going or future CPD activities. APM does not expect you to undertake any CPD whilst on long term leave (whether long term sick leave, paternity, maternity, adoption, or other). However, we would recommend that anyone intending to return to work do what they can to keep themselves up to date. CPD may be acquired during the previous 12 working months.
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