CPD overview

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the organised continuation, improvement and broadening of knowledge, understanding and skills, as well as development of personal qualities necessary for an individual to maintain their competence in order to undertake their duties throughout their working life.

CPD is not an add-on, but an essential component of your professionalism. It's part of the professional competence and integrity of all our members to actively engage with CPD, as stated in our Code of Conduct. Your development is your responsibility, so you must take control of your career.

To achieve your career ambitions in today's fast-changing IT world you need to commit to CPD. You need to identify your development needs and then plan your development activities. Once you have completed these activities, you need to understand how you have benefitted and reflect on how this has enhanced your capabilities and competencies. 

Core CPD cycle

Reflective Learning

We recommend a reflective approach to CPD; an approach that recognises CPD is not just the narrow activities of some time away from work to attend a training course for the purposes of obtaining hours or points.

The Reflective Learning approach encourages a focus on identifying the benefit to you as a result of CPD activity and to place this in the context of your career aspirations – reflecting on what you have learnt and the benefit you gained.

It’s not about the amount of time you committed or points you gained, it’s about getting the benefits you need from many different types of CPD activity (often a mix of the traditional CPD activities complemented by other methods). To help you, we have created a guide that highlights different types of CPD and some suggested resources.

At BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, we have a positive interest in supporting you, and so we are an enabler for your CPD by providing tools, opportunities and guidance. By doing that, we can maintain the excellence in the professionalism of our IT industry and that's important to us. Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we can provide up-to-date CPD guidance, resources and learning opportunities.

CPD can all too frequently be pushed to the background in the busy workplace. Our focus is to enable CPD to be brought to the fore, allowing you to decide how much CPD is right for you and when, and to make CPD as easy for you as possible.


CPD benefits both you as an individual in helping you to achieve your career aspirations, and to the IT industry as a whole.

Learn more about the benefits of CPD


Overview video

In this 12 minute overview, learn more about the BCS approach to continuing professional development and the facilities available to you, including Browse SFIAplus.

CPD overview video

Record your CPD using the BCS Personal Development Plan!

On a compatible smartphone, tablet device or PC, record your development goals and activities. Start using the BCS Personal Development Plan at pdp.bcs.org today using your MyBCS login and password.

Personal Development Plan

Not a BCS Member? Register here to get your free login and password to use the Personal Development Plan.