What is CPD?
Purposeful growth toward your goals.
Continuous professional development (CPD) describes the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.
CPD may be a new concept for some people, so if you are not familiar with the concept of CPD, how to engage in the process, or how you can effectively use CPD to become a better professional, not to worry.
CPD is a model that is a self-directed, continual, systematic approach that encourages and supports lifelong learning. Development is focused on the personalized needs of the individual professional and educational activities and experiences are completed with purpose and intent. While many professions require the completion of continuing professional education (CPE) to maintain minimal competency, CPD expands beyond minimal competency and focuses on the pursuit of the personal and professional goals of an individual professional.
There are many models for CPD that are published and widely accepted, including models by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). While there are some variations in these models, the general process of CPD is the same and cyclical. Through the completion of activities and experiences that are purposely and intentionally selected, an individual develops and expands their knowledge, skills and abilities while working toward achievement of their personal and professional goals. The professional what they learned to their practice, focuses on improving their workplace, and achieves improved outcomes from their professional work.
The concept of CPD and the CPD cycle may seem overwhelming and complex, but ADVANCE makes it easy. By engaging in a constant process of CPD you will align your personal and professional goals to make yourself a better professional.
Advancing the Adoption of CPD
Pharmacists’ roles in patient care delivery are rapidly expanding, and with that comes a need to demonstrate and maintain professional competence. Current, long-held processes for post-graduate education and licensure cannot scale to meet these changing needs. CPD is the solution to support widespread, thoughtful professional development. ADVANCE is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art technology available to assist pharmacists with understanding, implementing, and applying CPD to their professional lives.
Learn from pharmacy thought-leaders about Advancing the Adoption of CPD in the United States.