Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – getting the most out of your aesthetic training
CPD is the ‘holistic commitment of professionals towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers’. Established in 1996, the CPD Certification Service is an independent accreditation centre that works across a whole host of sectors, disciplines and learning centres.
The centre works with training providers, professional bodies, academic institutions and corporate organisations to provide high quality training certified according to a universally accepted checklist. Training courses, events, e-learning, conferences, workshops and seminars can be accredited by the CPD Certification Service to boost specific learning requirements.
What does this mean for the aesthetics industry?
The aesthetics industry is a fast paced sector and so it is vitally important that you keep up to date with training requirements for particular treatments and techniques. CPD accreditation within the aesthetics industry is a great way for aesthetic practitioners to further their skills within the sector. Whether you are an experienced practitioner looking to develop your skills or you are just starting out, training is an ongoing process involving thorough research and assessment of the courses available.
Medical practitioners that are registered with the GMC, GDC or NMC are also required to demonstrate that they have obtained CPD points.
Continuing your professional development helps to give you an advantage in an already competitive market and can be used as a unique selling point. Most importantly, it also helps to continually raise industry standards.
Types of CPD
CPD points can be achieved through a number of means. There are three types of CPD learning;
- Structured/Active Learning – this involves active participation based study. This includes training courses, conferences, demonstrations, seminars, lectures, refresher, online and advanced technique courses, e-learning courses, or an accredited event
- Reflective/Passive Learning – this relates to one directional learning that doesn’t involve participant interaction. This could include for example reading news articles, listening to podcasts or reading case studies. Some informal meetings can also be applied to reflective learning but this must be in line with the individuals CPD plan
- Self-directed/Unstructured Learning – this applies to unaccompanied CPD activities and includes reading online and print documents and articles from relevant publications, expert industry journals or magazines
Most aesthetic practitioners will be achieving CPD points without necessarily realising it but it is important to ensure that you record all activities and keep a track of your annual CPD activities on a CPD record form that corresponds with the learning outcomes and practical applications of the professional body or association. If you attend a CPD recognised course, event, seminar, or workshop you may also receive a CPD certificate of attendance.
How can I find a CPD accredited training course?
The CPD website provides a whole host of different courses and companies that can provide CPD accredited training, including courses specific to the healthcare and medical sector. These can be significant in helping you gather the important skills required to further your career in the aesthetics industry.
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