Understanding CPD Points

IBF Net Group
3 min readMar 9, 2024


IBF Net acquired the membership of the CPD Certification Service in January 2024. All the courses developed and offered under the Netversity initiative are being assessed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service. You may find an addition to the list of such accredited courses every week, on average. Let’s learn more and try to understand how such accreditation may help you in enhancing your career prospects.

  1. What is CPD?
    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. CPD is a holistic approach towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout a professional’s career. (https://cpduk.co.uk/explained)
  2. What is accredited CPD training?
    Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD requirements. (https://cpduk.co.uk/explained)
  3. What are CPD points?
    CPD points, or Continuing Professional Development points, are a way to measure and track the learning and development activities professionals engage in to enhance their skills and knowledge. These points are part of a structured approach to learning that helps individuals maintain and enhance their proficiency in their field.
  4. How can one earn CPD points?
    CPD points can be earned through various activities, including attending conferences, workshops, seminars, e-learning courses, and other educational events related to your profession. The key is that the activity must contribute to your professional development and be relevant to your field or career aspirations.
  5. What is the role of CPD in the UK?
    In the UK, CPD refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge, and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. CPD (UK) is an organization or framework that awards CPD points and accredits learning activities or materials, ensuring they meet professional development standards.
  6. What are the rights and entitlements associated with CPD points?
    Individuals who earn CPD points may have rights and entitlements such as recognition by professional bodies, enhanced career opportunities, and evidence of their commitment to continuous learning. The specifics can vary depending on the professional field and the CPD framework or body involved.
  7. What are the benefits for a student earning CPD points?
    For students, earning CPD points can:
    - Enhance their CV and employability by showing commitment to ongoing learning.
    - Provide them with up-to-date knowledge and skills relevant to their chosen career path.
    - Offer networking opportunities with professionals in their field.
    - Help meet the requirements of professional bodies or regulatory organizations.
  8. Are CPD points recognized globally?
    Yes, CPD points are recognized internationally, especially by organizations and professional bodies that have a global presence or partnerships with UK-based CPD providers. However, the value and recognition of CPD points can vary by country and profession, so it’s advisable to check the specific requirements and recognition in the country where you intend to work or further your career.
  9. How can I find CPD accredited courses or activities?
    To find CPD accredited courses or activities, you can:
    Visit the websites of professional bodies related to your field, as they often list accredited CPD providers and activities.
    Search for CPD accreditation bodies in the UK, which provide directories of accredited courses and events.
    Check with your employer or educational institution for recommended CPD opportunities.
  10. How does CPD Certification Service stand among other CPD providers globally?
    Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the world’s leading and largest independent CPD accreditation organisation working across all industry sectors. It serves over 35k CPD providers, courses and events in over 100 countries across the world.
  11. Is there a minimum number of CPD points required per year?
    The minimum number of CPD points required per year varies by profession and the regulations of the relevant professional bodies. It’s common for there to be an annual requirement, which can range from 20 to 40 points or hours of CPD activity, but it’s essential to verify with your specific professional body.

This FAQ provides a broad overview of CPD points and their relevance in professional development. For specific details related to your profession or industry, it’s best to consult directly with the relevant professional body or CPD accreditation organization.



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