Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is ongoing training many professionals have to undertake to ensure that they keep up-to-date with developments in their field. Whilst initial qualifications are often obtained to enter a profession, professionals continue to develop their knowledge through their careers. Some of this development comes as experience from the projects and tasks they complete, but this is supported by more formal training and research called CPD.
All accredited energy assessors have to complete minimum standards of CPD to ensure that they know about current practice and remain familiar with the legal requirements in effect. They also have to make sure they know about new technologies and how these can be best used to improve energy efficiency.
Effective Continuing Professional Development can take many forms. Some CPD can take the form of private research and reading whilst visit relevant conferences, shows and exhibitions is also generally considered effective CPD. Many professionals will subscribe to professional bodies who provide updates, journals and newsletters. All accredited energy assessors have to join a government approved Accreditation Scheme (Approved Organisation in Scotland) who also provide CPD opportunities. These are also numerous courses available from training organisations, some of which lead to recognised qualifications.