Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a continuous process of personal growth, to improve the capability and realise the full potential of professional people at work. This can be achieved by obtaining and developing a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience which are not normally acquired during initial training or routine work, and which together develop and maintain competence to practise.
CPD at the University
Based on its close ties with industry and the professions, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is one of the largest providers of CPD among Scottish Universities and one of the largest providers of CPD in the UK. The University of Strathclyde has long been associated with the concept of useful learning and the CPD Programme upholds this tradition by providing relevant education and training for professionals and individuals operating in an ever-changing workplace.
Strathclyde University is at the vanguard in Scotland in terms of personal and professional development, and around 25% of the total income generated from continuing professional development courses by Scotland's universities is generated by the University of Strathclyde.
Cross-departmental and cross-faculty collaboration leads to a variety of interdisciplinary offerings.
CPD at the Centre for Lifelong Learning
The Centre has been actively developing and offering its own CPD programmes for a number of years, alongside an extensive range of part-time day and evening provision, catering for the needs and interests of various groups. Operating in a rapidly changing business environment our CPD programmes are constantly being updated to reflect current needs, dictated by advances in technology, legislation and new methods of working. At the present time, for example, there is a growing emphasis placed on health and safety at work, and the University has responded to this by establishing the Scottish Centre for Occupational Safety and Health (SCOSH) within the Centre for Lifelong Learning (see Health & Safety).