The CPD Standards Office was founded as a result of a comprehensive research project into the quality of continuing CPD provision across the United Kingdom. Our in-depth research surveyed over 1000 professionals and interviewed a range of professional bodies and regulators. We found that the standards of CPD varied greatly and that too much of the training provided was of remarkably low quality.
By providing independent accreditation, our mission is to improve the quality of continuing professional development (CPD) to ensure positive and successful CPD experiences. We also want to make it more affordable and easier to access.
We help CPD providers ensure that they are deliver consistently high-quality training that is inclusive and collaborative. Our marks of excellence for training and learning providers demonstrate to individual professionals that the learning activity conforms to CPD best practice and is appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record. We pioneer new ways of working into the CPD field and have recently introduced a digital certificate service for our providers using Blockchain technology.
The CPD Standards Office forms part of the Professional Development Consortium. The Consortium works to build bridges between stakeholders to increase the benefits of CPD to individuals and employers. In particular, we encourage the spread of best practice and the sharing of support.