Why choose The CPD Accreditation Group?

Why choose The CPD Accreditation Group

Why choose The CPD Accreditation Group?

In recent years, CPD Accreditation – or continuing professional development- has boomed in popularity. In fact, it’s so popular that you have any number of choices when it comes to becoming an accredited CPD provider. There are more than a dozen specialist accreditation services out there, almost all of which operate nationwide… So if location isn’t a major factor in determining who you choose, what should you consider to choose between them?

As it turns out, there are actually quite a few reasons why you should choose The CPD Accreditation Group. We stand out from the competition with our unique USP, which is built around you- the CPD provider. So, why should you choose us?

We provide free accreditation of your business as a whole

That’s right. By filling in the free application form online, you can become an accredited CPD provider, starting tomorrow. We look at your organisation as a whole, and consider whether you have all the fundamental elements of being a CPD provider in place; and if you do, you can become a Registered CPD Training Provider.

Becoming accredited is an excellent step for your business to take, which makes the fact that we offer it for free all the better. But do bear in mind, we take accreditation seriously: if a CPD provider can’t demonstrate that they offer a robust CPD service, they won’t become accredited until they can. If you find yourself in that situation, we can point you in the right direction, so that you’ll be ready the next time you’d like to apply.

Think of it like a review. The first thing that anybody looks at when they’re buying something from eBay or Amazon is the star rating that the product received from customers, and the reliability rating of the seller. Having an official accreditation is like the best review you can get, and we only give it out if an organisation really does deserve it.

The benefits of getting accredited for free are obvious! If we consider your CPD provision to be up to par, you can advertise as a fully accredited business, which will promote trust and bring more business to you. We only accredit organisations that genuinely offer CPD training of the highest standard, and that’s the message you can pass onto your customers with our accreditation service.

You become a part of our online searchable database for both CPD accredited activity & CPD providers

On our website, we keep a register of all of the CPD providers we’ve accredited in the past, and another list of all the providers that are accredited for certain activities: from AED and CPR Awareness to Working at Height. These easily searchable lists allow professionals from around the country to find top quality CPD from businesses like yours.

When you complete the free accreditation of your organisation as a whole, you’ll be added to our list of CPD providers. As part of this list each provider will appear on Google and Bing searches, which will, again, bring in more potential applicants for your CPD training courses. It’s like a free advertisement, backed up by our trusted brand.

The other great thing about keeping such a list publicly is that it inspires trust in customers, not just for your own organisation, but for the CPD industry as a whole. Our searchable list allows any professional interested in CPD to quickly find and confirm that the organisation they want to do business is trustworthy and honest- which is important in a growing market like this one.

Easy straightforward process

The process of becoming an accredited CPD provider is far simpler than you might expect. You can apply for free using our online form, accessible through our website. Through the form, you provide us with very basic information about your organisation- address, registered business name, where you operate from, and contact details- as well as important information on the kind of CPD you offer.

Afterwards, you’ll have to upload evidence of your policies, like your Appeals Policy Procedure and your Health and Safety policy, in order to prove to us that your business operates according to the CPD guidelines of best practice. You’ll also have to show us the kind of reflective practice forms and evaluation forms you use as a CPD provider.

If you’re serious about providing top quality, effective CPD, then this should be no problem. Our CPD accreditation is not for anybody and everybody- it’s a genuine mark of quality. And all you have to do is upload a few .pdfs, which as a stellar CPD provider- which we’re sure you are- you should have to hand anyway. It couldn’t be simpler to get a free accreditation for your business, which will give you a huge boost in the long run.

If you want further accreditation for specific activities, that’s a straightforward task too. In order to get accredited for things like CPD in Health and Safety, all you have to do is fill out our CPD Activity Application form, which isn’t that much different to what you’ll already have done getting accredited generally. And then, you’ll be accredited for the next three years.

Available for any industry and any activity

Because we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive service both to organisations who need to be accredited, and to professionals searching for top quality accreditation, we work with organisations in every imaginable sector. Our CPD register for specific activities covers a vast array of different courses and activities on a range of topics.

For CPD providers who work specifically with professionals in the construction industry, you might want to get accredited for your Asbestos Awareness course or Manual Handling of Objects. For CPD providers for nurses and midwives, Moving and Handling of People might be a relevant subject to get accredited in. We also accredit businesses for Money Laundering Awareness, Performance Management and Pressure Ulcer Prevention. If you check out our list of services that we accredit, you’ll see that we work with businesses in almost any industry.

It doesn’t matter how niche your organisation might be, because we offer accreditation to businesses in dozens of industries and for hundreds of activities. And we’re always adding to the list of activities we accredit organisations for, too, as the CPD industry expands to meet the needs of clients. So it doesn’t matter what kind of CPD you offer: so long as it’s up to standard, we can accredit you.

All of our accreditation is done online

That’s right. With us, you won’t have to fill out a single paper form or lick a single stamp to get accredited. Everything we do, we do online, for the benefit of our clients and of professionals searching for CPD courses near them. For our clients, it’s far easier to fill in our online forms than to send in a stamp addressed envelope; the sort of documents we want, like your Malpractice Policy and Health and Safety policy, are normally .pdfs anyway!

Because do the majority of our business online, we keep our overheads low, and pass that saving onto our paying clients. That’s reflected in our cheap monthly prices for subscription to our accreditation service. We firmly believe that CPD accreditation shouldn’t just be for ‘big business’, but ‘little business’ too- and that’s why we offer a fair and flexible service to anybody, all because of our online-only strategy.

The fact that our accreditation services are carried out online also means that if you expand the number of courses you offer, you can quickly and easily receive accreditation for those too. We offer one to one customer service, so if your business expands, all you have to do is let us know, and we can help you get accredited within a matter of days. It’s as simple as that when it’s all done online.

Unique reference number & logo for each accredited activity

If you choose to get accredited for a particular activity, we offer a unique reference number and logo for each and every one. You can use this logo on your website and in your advertising, so that any potential clients can see that you are fully accredited not just as a business, but for the specific services you offer.

Because of our trusted brand, backed up by our searchable online databases, your organisation can benefit from the use of our specific logos and activity reference numbers. We offer this service because we know that building trust with their own clients is why our clients come to us in the first place.

The reference number and logo offer an easy way for anybody finding your advertisements, or stumbling across your website, an easy way to confirm that you are who you say you are, and that you can do what you say you can do. This is absolutely essential on the Wild West of the internet, where anyone can post anything they like! The fact that you can get numerous accreditations also means that your customers can easily see what you specialise in, and that your accreditation isn’t just a generic ‘gold star’ sticker.

CPD Points shown on accreditation logo and database

Our logos are personalised as standard, which means that any CPD points you earn will be clearly displayed both there and in our database. This means that the amount of work you help your learners to achieve will be shown, so that future customers can be assured of your experience in providing top quality CPD.

This means that you don’t just ‘get accredited’ and that’s that; the effort that you put in as a CPD provider is recognised through the CPD points (or hours) system. If your organisation keeps on improving, and keeps offering better and better CPD courses, then that will be recognised and included in both the logo we provide to you and your entry in our database.

We firmly believe that helping our clients succeed, helps us to greater success too. And having an up to date, personalised accreditation logo will inspire the trust you deserve to find your customers. After all, we wouldn’t accredit you if you didn’t deserve it! This is all part of our fully customised, fully personalised service. You won’t find the same dedication to what it is that you do anywhere else.

Most cost-effective accreditation service

Our business is practically online only, which means we manage as lean an operation as possible. Any saving that we make in avoiding the common mistakes of other CPD accreditation providers, we pass on to you: our clients. That means that The CPD Accreditation Group offers the most cost-effective service on the market today.

Not only that, but we offer simple monthly payment plans that suit any budget. That means that whether you’re a small scale CPD provider, or you’re a full blown CPD school, you can get accredited for what you do at a price that’s fair. We operate on a monthly subscription basis, which is more flexible than yearly subscriptions offered by our competitors.

So… Why should you choose the CPD Accreditation Group?

Still not convinced? Have you considered that:

  • We’re up to 50% cheaper compared to the main CPD accreditation providers here in the UK
  • We offer one to one customer support during the application process, as standard, should you need help putting together the documents you need
  • We are the only registered official business in the UK to offer a CPD register available to the British public and fellow CPD providers alike

If you’re still not sure, there’s only one thing left to say: what’s the harm in applying today? It’s completely free, and there’s no obligation to undergo further accreditation afterwards. Your business can benefit from being included in our searchable online database, and you can use our logo and certificate of accreditation on your website, free of charge.

Why is CPD important and why does it matter?

Why is CPD important

Chances are, you either finished Higher Education or graduated from University. You now sit back and give yourself a pat on the back. But don’t take too long about it or you could be lagging behind your colleagues. The same can be true for professionals with many years’ experience in the workplace.

So why is CPD important? Continuing professional development (CPD) is important as it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is a contractual obligation for several professions.

The ultimate outcome of well-planned CPD is that it protects the public, the employer, the professional and the professional’s career.

  • CPD ensures knowledge stays in line with up-to-date research and keeps pace with current standards
  • CPD helps you maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills to ensure your customers, clients and community receive a professional service
  • CPD helps you to stay interested and interesting.  Focused CPD opens up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas
  • As technology develops, the pace of research and therefore change is probably faster than it’s ever been. If you stand still you will get left behind, as the currency of your knowledge and skills becomes out-dated. CPD supports the spread of best practice
  • CPD helps you continue to make a meaningful contribution to your team. You become more effective in the workplace. This assists in the advance in your career and move into new positions where you can manage, influence, coach and mentor others

The importance of CPD should not be underestimated.  In many professions, the regulatory body prescribe a minimum level of CPD.

Sometimes it is mandated by professional organisations or required by codes of conduct or codes of ethics. But at its core it is a personal responsibility of professionals to keep their knowledge and skills current so that they can deliver the high quality of service that safeguards the public and meets the expectations of customers and the requirements of their profession.

The most important thing to remember is research, innovation, reviewing of best practices and adoption of new technology will see your work place evolve, probably quicker than at any time before.  If you do not keep up with that evolution you could be ‘Out of Date’ very quickly.  The final point to make is the workforce no longer views a job as ‘A job for life’ so when you are looking for your next career step, make sure you are ‘Current’ and ‘Up to Date’.

The added value of quality CPD in the workplace

Quality CPD in the workplace

The added value of quality CPD in the workplace

CPD – or continuing professional development- is defined by the Professional Associations Research Network as ‘any process or activity that provides added value to the capability of the professional through the increase in knowledge, skills and personal qualities necessary for the appropriate execution of professional and technical duties, often termed competence.’ In short, CPD means learning new skills and improving old skills, to get better at what we do. This includes industry-specific know-how like engaging with new technological advances, as well as soft skills in customer service.

So, what is it that has made CPD so popular over the past few years? Who does it benefit, how does it add value for individuals and businesses, and what can we learn from it? Read on to find out more!

Why is CPD important to businesses?

First things first, CPD is important because it can benefit a business or even an industry as a whole. Most importantly, it guarantees high standards throughout a given company. In particular, if the business has a number of employees planning their CPD at the same time, this group can share ideas on best practice with one another- this means that having even just a few employees dedicate themselves to CPD can have compound effects that greatly improve efficiency and expertise.

Not only that, but CPD keeps employees interested and engaged in their professional lives. While experience will always be the best way to become an expert in a particular field, CPD helps employees to learn fresh skills in completely new areas, as well as improve on existing soft skills. This helps businesses to cultivate not just an expert workforce, but a well-rounded workforce.

As for improving existing skills, the benefits of higher standards and a better trained workforce hardly need explaining. Employees are better prepared to face challenges they may face on a day to day basis, and in the long term. This kits out organisations with the best possible tool to survive slow growth and recession, and the best possible tool to maximise growth during peak years: a stellar workforce.

Why is CPD important to individuals?

But CPD is just as beneficial for the individual employee as it is for the business. Dedication to CPD improves an employee’s standing within the company they work for, since as employees gradually improve their skills, or learn completely new skills, they gain valuable expertise. Accredited CPD can help them to progress upwards either within the organisation, or even by searching for greener pastures elsewhere.

But CPD has more wide-ranging, holistic benefits for employees too. CPD, even though it has an emphasis on the ‘professional’, can improve self-confidence, self-esteem and life skills regardless of age or educational level. Of course, this can still make an employee more valuable within a business context; but it also has knock-on effects for the individual in their day to day life, helping them feel content with themselves and how they live. Nevertheless, the bottom line of the improvement that CPD makes in people’s lives is that it helps them earn higher salaries, because of their greater expertise and progression up the career ladder.

Why is CPD important to industries?

CPD is important within industries because it keeps standards high. Within businesses, employees- as we know- can quickly fall behind better prepared colleagues with more interest in their own development. On a large scale, within industries, keeping these standards high is important because it builds trust with the public and brings the best possible service to market. Take accounting as an example: accountancy is an industry regulated by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, or ACCA. In an industry such as this, CPD is more important than ever, because of the responsibility that employees hold and the demands placed on them by their jobs.

Accountants are required to offer their clients an effective and high quality service, and work with due care and diligence; they hold extensive responsibilities, because, of course, their clients’ finances rely on them! Changes in tax law occur with each successive government, and new versions of software like Sage are released regularly. This means that it’s essential to continually improve on your professional knowledge just to stay up to date.

Without CPD, an accountancy firm risks falling behind its competitors, and employees risk being left out of their depth by the ever-changing world in which they work. This is the basis of the importance of CPD in professional, regulated industries: without it, the industry as a whole is at risk of falling behind technological and social change. But with CPD, standards remain high and customers remain satisfied.

Why do regulatory bodies insist on continuing professional development, and what can other industries learn from that?

The reason that regulated bodies hold CPD in such high regard is because of the variety of benefits it brings to the individual, the business, the industry, and in most cases even the public. The fact that CPD manages to tick all these boxes means that it’s by far the most cost-effective and efficient way to ensure the highest quality, which is in the interest of regulatory agencies like the ACCA, OFSTED and the HSE. They know full well that the reputation of the organisations they represent hinges on the professional service they provide, and CPD is the best way to ensure that.

But CPD shouldn’t just be important to a select group of industries or businesses- it should be important to everyone, in every line of work. The benefits that CPD can bring to you as a worker- even more generally as a person- mean that it could be of benefit to you whether you’re an accountant, a lawyer, or you work in a zoo! The lesson we can learn from the regulated industries that insist on CPD is that it is the backbone of their success, and the trust that the public feel when they do business with a registered, accredited company. Any business, any person can benefit from a better working relationship with the public.

The CPD Accreditation Group not only accredits CPD providers but also each CPD activities on its own merit, providing a unique Activity Code and Logo for each CPD Activity.  This is then entered onto the CPD Register, which can then be searched by employers, governing bodies, institutes, trade officials or anyone who require verification of the CPD Activities Authentication.

Contact us today to find out how we can enhance your training on 01536 428551 or by emailing info@thecpdaccreditation.group.