Definition – maintaining and enhancing the skills, knowledge and experience related to your profession following completion of formal training. It also involves development of personal qualities which are required for carrying out professional and technical duties during a professional’s working career. It is imperative that both technical and non – technical skills be developed.
Most professions do have set requirements for ongoing ‘continued personal development’ so demonstrated competence in a chosen field/profession can be maintained. The ultimate outcome of continued professional development is that it safeguards the public, the employer, the professional and the professionals career.
Benefits of continued professional development
- Keeps your capabilities relevant and up to speed in an ever changing and competitive market as well with the current industry standards in the profession.
- Maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills you need to deliver a tailored, professional service to all stakeholders.
- Assists you contribute positively to your team which builds stakeholder confidence and confidence in the profession as a whole.
- Keeps you interested. Continued professional development can open up new possibilities and opportunities.
- Can create a deeper understanding and an appreciation of the profession.