Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities are undertaken by council employees to help maintain and improve standards of performance in their work. When council employees engage in CPD, they strengthen their knowledge and skills for the significant benefit of their councils and their communities.
In particular, the clerk as the most senior member of staff in the council should show a commitment to their and the council's continuous development and improvement. CPD activities make sure that clerks have up-to-date knowledge and skills and facilitate the development of new ideas for application in the workplace.
All clerks whose councils seek a Local Council Award, are required to demonstrate that they have achieved at least 12 CPD points in the 12 months immediately preceding the council's application for an award. CPD activities therefore carry a specified number of points.
This document sets out a national points scheme and explains how it works. While this document focuses on the clerk's development activities, all council employees should be encouraged to take part in CPD.
CPD activities include studying for qualifications, attendance at conferences and on short courses and reading relevant publications. Clerks also learn from undertaking new activities and from contributing to the development of the sector.
This CPD Point Scheme is a product of the National Training Strategy.