Continuing Professional Development, also called Continuing Professional Education, is the education working professionals undergo to update or refresh their existing skill sets. Unlike traditional college education, CPD involves enhancement of specific, focused areas of professional knowledge. It is for people who already know what they are good at, and what they need to improve.
CPD for the HR industry
One can understand the relevance of CPD and CPE for technology-related branches of knowledge, given their tendency to get outdated very quickly. But does the human resources field too change as quickly? Don’t we use the same concepts from time to time? Here is the catch –although it appears that HR is less dynamic than technology; it is true that HR professionals certainly do require CPE. Here is why:
Changing with the times
It is true that HR professionals use the same concepts throughout their profession, but it has to be borne in mind that HR policies keep changing every now and then. True, we don’t keep changing basic work like profiling a candidate, calling her for an interview and the like, but over time; these concepts are applied in largely differing environments in situations that keeping changing with time. The way a candidate is sourced today is vastly from the way it was done a decade ago. CPD is needed in such circumstances; because it goes a long way in helping HR professionals keep a track of the latest methodologies, laws and policies.
Helping the organization find the right fit
CPD also helps HR professionals stay abreast of the latest technological changes in the industry. A CPD that also incorporates the changing technological trends is a great way to not only stay in touch with the latest happenings; it is a means to ensuring that HR serves the organization better. When HR professionals are well-equipped with technological developments, they can have a clearer understanding of the organization’s needs and can thus get the right candidates. CPD goes a long way in making this possible.
Enhancing for their own good
CPD is also a tool for HR professionals who want to offer their own consulting services. In order to work independently, an HR professional needs to be well-informed about the industry. Working in an organization may not always acquaint professionals with all the happenings in the industry because the area of work they were doing may not have allowed them to explore anything of it. A course in CPD would ensure that they catch up with what they have missed out on.