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Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

David Megginson, Vivien Whitaker

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Learn how to organize and encourage CPD with this guide co-published with the CIPD.

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About the book

To maximise enjoyment of work and life requires a continual response to the changing world in which we live. Are you living to work or working to live? What would you like to be doing? We need to look within at our latent skills and abilities and explore ways of building on our current talents and developing new aspects of ourselves. Continuing Professional Development explores the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) and the different methods that can be used to analyse development needs and create and implement a CPD plan. It provides practical guidance and a theoretical overview of CPD, including examples and case studies.

This fully updated 2nd edition of Continuing Professional Development includes increased coverage of the critical debate about issues in CPD, outlines how to organize and encourage CPD and provides guidance on how senior members of the profession can use and benefit from CPD. Activities and self-diagnostic tools, critical debates about issues and coverage of how to organize and encourage CPD all bring the topic to life for CIPD students undertaking the Professional Development Scheme as well as general readers seeking to encourage CPD in the workplace. Online supporting resources include an instructor's manual and lecture slides.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Exploring Continuing Professional Development;
    • Chapter - 01: Clarifying Continuing Professional Development;
    • Chapter - 02: Understanding Continuing Professional Development;
  • Section - TWO: Engaging in Continuing Professional Development;
    • Chapter - 03: Identifying Development Needs;
    • Chapter - 04: Prioritising Needs and Selecting Appropriate Activities;
    • Chapter - 05: Undertaking Development Activities;
    • Chapter - 06: Recording and Evaluating Development;
    • Chapter - 07: Organisational Contribution to CPD;
  • Section - THREE: Consolidating Your CPD Achievements;
    • Chapter - 08: Celebrating Success;
    • Chapter - 09: Networking Your Future;
    • Chapter - 10: Empowering Career Creativity


The chapters answer many of the questions we are asked during CPD workshops and will provide underpinning arguments and support for both staff and students to encourage a positive attitude to this development tool.
Tina Price, Course Leader MA Personnel and Development, Westminster Business School (about the 1st edition)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important because security for individuals no longer lies in the company we work for but in the skills, knowledge and experience that we have within ourselves. The book explores the different methods that can be used to analyze your development needs and create and implement a CPD plan. I recommend this book to CIPD students, members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), individuals interested in developing themselves, employers and HR managers.
Saheed Ahmed, Amazon reviewer


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Book Details

  • Imprint: CIPD - Kogan Page
  • EAN: 9781843981664
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 22nd January 2007
  • Paperback
  • Format: 233x155
  • 176 pages

About the Author

David Megginson is a professor of HRD at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is on both the membership and education committees of the CIPD and the CPD Working Group.

Vivien Whitaker is a lecturer, researcher and consultant at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

David Megginson

Vivien Whitaker