The AAT’s continuing professional development (CPD)
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CPD stands for "Continuing Professional Development". What this means is that once you qualify you must keep your skills up to date by whatever means suits you.
I am a member in practice so I must do 2 cycles of CPD a year. Those who are not members in practice need only do 1 cycle A cycle covers the following stages:
Assess your needs and list the goals you want to achieve
Plan how you will achieve these goals
Action - this is doing your actual CPD
Evaluate what you have learnt and see whether or not your goals where achieved.
Many people think that CPD is going to be expensive, but I have done an absolute tonne of CPD so far or an extremely limited budget. This is because CPD can be done through any of the following ways (and this list is by no means exhaustive):
Going on courses.
Going to seminars.
Going to branch meetings (these are free and extremely valuable).
Reading an article in a magazine or journal.
Learning something new at work.
The only limitations are that your CPD must relate to the work you do and your own imagination as to how you want to achieve your goals.
Another thing to think about when you do CPD is that many people think of it as a chore, but it isn't. Because you choose how you do your CPD, make it fun and interesting. I wanted to learn more about the UK banking system so rather than just reading about it, I took a day trip to the Bank of England's Museum. It was fascinating an I learnt a great deal. So enjoy your CPD when you are doing it.
I hope this helps. Give me a shout if you need to know anything else.