There are many methods for recording your CPD (Continuous Professional Development) plans available on the internet and through various professional bodies.
For me I prefer a Spreadsheet with a few column headings. Its what goes into those headings that makes the record though:
Date the training took place
This is the title of the training and any course number/reference
I split the training up into various categories such as:
- Architecture Training
- Technical Training
- Vendor Training
Under each of the Categories I then divide into a number of Sub Categories so I can view how much training I have undertaken on a particular subject. These can vary as each Category can have many Sub Categories, however I do not split more than around 5 per one Category.
For example I split Leadership into:
- Emotional & Business Intelligence
- Staff Management
This is normally a URL or name of site/book
This is the type of training such as:
- Online Class
This is the length of time that you spend learning. Even a 5 minute video here and there on a subject you are learning adds up.
Under this heading I list the key points from the training as a reminder as to the learning points. Bit like a flash card. This is normally a list of the key points.
Using a CPD Cycle reminds me to reflect on what I have learnt and how I will apply it. Also what I need to relearn or expand on in future training.