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Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a personal commitment made by an individual to keep their professional knowledge up to date and improve their capability, with a focus on what the person learns and how they develop throughout their career. In practice, it is the learning that you do day by day when faced with a new problem to solve, or new tools and techniques to adopt, whether this is done by working with colleagues, reading up online, or attending conferences or specific training. In fact, often you will not even realise that you are ‘doing CPD’, but by logging it and noting your reflections on the learning, you are better able to gain a sense of progress and direction.

The APM CPD scheme requires members and Chartered Project Professionals to undertake CPD that meets the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 35 hours annually
  • Project related
  • More than 1 activity
  • Within the past 12 months
  • Includes reflective statements on how the learning has been applied

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