THE GLOBAL GOVERNANCE ACADEMY

​CPD Programme for Governance Professionals 

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the maintenance, enhancement and continuous improvement of knowledge, skills and abilities. Governance professionals should undertake a minimum 20 hours of CPD each year.

How to fulfil your CPD requirements, develop your professional skills and monitor trends, developments and regulations that affect your career responsibilities

 

Monthly programme of CPD Guides, webinars, international news and alerts in small chunks with audio, video and print formats to appeal to all learning styles

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What is CPD?

 

Continuing Professional Development is a lifelong activity to ensure you develop your professional competence, upgrade your skills and keep yourself appraised of developments.

 

CPD covers a wide range of activities from reading a newspaper and monitoring TV and radio news to attending formal courses.

 

It is a personal journey owned and managed by you. Most professional institutions have CPD requirements, expecting you to undertake up to 30 hours CPD every year.

 

How does CPD work?

CPD schemes normally work on the basis of collecting points, related to the time devoted to learning. For an activity to count towards CPD points it must be relevant to your career, contain significant intellectual or practical content and have a clear learning and objective outcome.

 

Schemes are normally trust based but you do need to keep a record of activities and explain how they relate to your learning objectives.

Formal CPD

 

​'Formal' CPD involves participating in organised activities, e.g. courses, seminars, workshops, conferences and panel/group meetings, with appropriate content for your role and profession, and where attendance can be evidenced.

 

Activities can also include teaching, public speaking and writing relevant books, articles and papers.

 

Courses can be undertaken face to face, online or via other electronic delivery.

Informal CPD

 

'Informal' CPD involves activities undertaken by the individual, like experiential/workplace learning, reading and research. 

 

Appropriate activities include:

* Webinars

* Mentoring groups

* Relevant newsletters, books and publications

* Internet research and sources

* Coaching, mentoring, meetings, project work

 

Programme Planning

 

The UK Institute of Directors recommends planning your development programme in advance, and over a reasonable period, in terms of what you wish to achieve and the steps you will take to do so.

 

They suggest three questions to consider when completing your CPD record:

* How relevant was the learning to your career?

* Can you state how you will use that learning?

* Can you provide evidence of achievement?

 

The learning process

 

The Chartered Management Institute recommends using four stages in your learning:

* Reflection - What are my needs or objectives?

* Planning - What am I going to do?

* Evaluation - What have I learned?

* Action - What have I done?

 

In addition you should include a revision cycle in which you review your learnings two or three times to mitigate natural loss of memory over time.

 

CPD Programme for Governance Professionals

This monthly programme provides you with regular information, activities and alerts designed to support you in your professional career

CPD Guides, webinars, international news and alerts

Small chunks with audio, video and print formats to appeal to all learning styles

A4 Year Planner and Log | CPD Guides| Webinars | Alerts and News

Designed for governance professionals, company secretaries and directors

Develop your skills and knowledge, and stay abreast of developments and regulations

What you get

 

* A4 my personal CPD Record study planner and log 

* Membership of 28-day foundation programme on board and director behaviour

Each month in your inbox you receive a 48-page A5 easy to read CPD Guide to an essential governance topic, duty, or management skill

In addition:

* Webinars on Wednesdays and access to the archive

* International news alerts 

* Synopses of recent reports and book reviews

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Induction for new directors

The Chartered Governance Institute lists many benefits to undertaking a CPD programme:

  • Keeps you up to date with current business requirements
  • Demonstrates versatility and growth by constantly updating skill sets
  • Shows current and future employers you are professionally competent and committed to your own development
  • Shapes thinking around career development
  • Helps to secure a new role or promotion.

Here is a selection of the CPD Guides (PDF) you receive month by month

  • Building Your Own Support Network
  • Networking as a Director
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Away Days and Corporate Retreats
  • Finance for Non-financial Managers
  • Vision, Mission and Values
  • Scenario Planning
  • Annual Report and Accounts
  • Executive Coaching
  • Influencing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Strategy

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Introduction to Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development is a lifelong activity to ensure that you develop your professional competence, upgrade your skills and keep yourself appraised of developments.

 

For directors and governance professionals it includes corporate governance, developments in the corporate sphere – legal, regulatory and market – and your own functional skills. These are likely to include strategy and management, and could also include finance, legal, human relations etc.

 

Remember: where regulation and litigation are concerned, ignorance is not an excuse.

 

At board level you are expected to have a broad range of skills and experience, and a high level of awareness of current affairs.

 

CPD covers a wide range of activities from reading a national paper and monitoring TV and radio news to attending formal courses.

 

Your CPD objectives can include generally developing your skills, keeping up to date with developments and targeting specific new skills and competences.

 

CPD is a personal journey owned and managed by you. Most professional institutions have CPD requirements, expecting you to undertake up to 30 hours CPD every year.

 

CPD schemes normally work on the basis of collecting points, related to the time devoted to the learning. For an activity to count towards CPD points it must be relevant to your career, contain significant intellectual or practical content and have a clear learning objective and outcome.

 

Many workshops and events for professionals advertise the relevant points that can be earned and might even provide a certificate of attendance/completion as evidence.

 

Schemes are normally trust-based but you do need to keep a record. The CPD Programme for Governance Professionals includes a personal study planner and log for you to do this, which also provides a structure for creating an effective personal development plan and following it throughout a twelve month period.

 

Your professional development plan should involve a mix of general and strategic objectives, and a mix of different types of activity. These typically include:

 

Reading:

  • Books
  • Newspapers and magazines, including The Economist
  • Specialist media such as the Harvard Business Review and professional journals
  • Newsletters and blogs

Courses:

  • Self-study programmes, online or DVDs
  • Live workshopsShort courses
  • Professional education courses leading to relevant qualifications

Events:

  • Networking event talks (not including social time)
  • Conferences and exhibitions
  • Webinars and podcasts
  • Study visits

Activities:

  • Planning/research for an article or presentation in relation to business, economics, corporate governance or other subjects for the public benefit
  • Providing coaching or mentoring
  • Membership of a committee or working party of a professional institution, trade association etc.

The UK Institute of Directors recommends that you plan your development programme in advance, and over a reasonable period, say two years, in terms of what you wish to achieve, and the steps that you will take to do so. They suggest three questions to consider when completing your CPD record:

  • How relevant was the learning to your career?
  • Can you state how you will use that learning?
  • Can you provide evidence of having undertaken specific learning activities?

The Chartered Management Institute recommends using all four styles in a cycle:

  • Reflection – What are my needs or objectives?
  • Planning – What am I going to do?
  • Evaluation – What have I learned?
  • Action – What have I done?

In addition, you should include a revision cycle in which you review recent learnings two or three times to mitigate the natural loss of memory with time; perhaps review recent entries each time you update your CPD record.

 

The purpose of your CPD activity is to develop your knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours. This is where reflection is so important. Many people find that a daily journaling session is valuable and rewarding.

 

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Subscribe to the CPD Programme for Governance Professionals and you can immediately download your personal CPD Record and join the 28-day foundation programme on board and director behaviour. Look out for the monthly CPD Guides, Webinars on Wednesday and international news alerts.

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