Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is the learning experiences which help you develop and improve your professional practice. Your ongoing professional development doesn’t come just from formal or course-based learning, it comes from anything that helps you to develop and improve your practice. Your learning might be planned (you identify a development need) or it may be unplanned and happen in the flow of work (as part of your role, in the work you do).


The focus of your CPD should be the impact of your learning (rather than how much learning you’ve done).

Stages of the CPD cycle

Member benefit

CIPD members have free access to the
Learning hub

As part of your membership, you have access to a continually updated library of learning programmes on the Learning hub, including all essential insight courses and eight introductory programmes.

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Learn more about reflective practice

Access the
Learning hub

To log in to the Learning hub, you will have to first set up a CIPD web account. Once you have an account, you can use the same credentials to log in to the Learning hub. 

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Additional information

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

What is CPD in an HR context? Discover what you can do to continue your professional development.

Self-Assessment tool

Build your capability through tailored recommendations, aligned to the Profession Map.

CPD policy and requirements

Meet the CIPD’s high standards for HR professionals by demonstrating your commitment to continuing professional development, as set out in our CPD policy.