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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

Date the training took place

Training

This is the title of the training and any course number/reference

Category

I split the training up into various categories such as:

  • Architecture Training
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Security
  • Strategy
  • Technical Training
  • Vendor Training

Sub Category

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:

  • Communication
  • Emotional & Business Intelligence
  • Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Staff Management

Source

This is normally a URL or name of site/book

Training Type

This is the type of training such as:

  • MOOC
  • Online Class
  • Replay
  • Webinar

Time

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.

Key Learning

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.

CPD Cycle

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