What is Professional Development?

Professional development is the process of gaining knowledge and skills in one’s area of work. Professional bodies usually have an expectation that their members will engage in continuing professional development (CPD) over the course of their careers. CPD can involve attending relevant conferences, workshops, masterclassess, and courses. It also includes self-directed learning such as reading journal articles and books, and writing articles for trade magazines and academic journals. Professional bodies often expect their members to maintain CPD logbooks which are sometimes audited by the organisation.

Citation: JOPD (2023). What is Professional Development. Journal of Professional Development. https://jpd.iafpd.info/what-is-professional-development/

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