Professional service industries require professionals within the industry to earn CPD points that would ensure they meet their professional obligations. In this blog, Permax explores the world of CPD or Continuing Professional Development, and explains its importance for professionals as well as its benefits for both employers and employees.

What is CPD?

CPD refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that a professional acquires in their industry – both officially and informally in addition to any original training. For the most part, the term refers to a portfolio documenting the individual’s development as a professional. In numerous industries, including building and construction, CPD has become a vital part of career development and a requirement to hold certain licences.

What is it for?

No matter what your industry or occupation is, continuous advancements across global industries present exciting opportunities as well as potential (learning) challenges. Evolution and change impact marketplaces, best practices, technology, innovation, and client needs.

The function of CPD is to help you record, audit and analyse what you learn, regardless of whether you're simply a beginner in your vocation, or if you have many years of experience in your role. It helps ensure your abilities and skills are current and that you're updated on the most recent best practices in your profession, so you can perform your job responsibilities to the best of your ability.

Why is CPD important?

CPD keeps you relevant in your profession. The value of CPD training lies in keeping your insight, knowledge, skills and abilities relevant. After all, as professionals dispensing advice, it’s important that you stay up to date, so that whatever you recommend – be it a structural recommendation, a mechanical one or even a product related one – is not only fit for purpose, but the right one for the client’s needs.

From a client’s perspective as well, recognising and having faith that the team they are working with is well versed in the options available and what is going to work, will give them confidence that mistakes are unlikely, that they are covered and the solutions will work.

A career-long obligation for practising professionals, CPD is about gaining the extra skills, knowledge and experience expected to keep up with any changes and advances in the building and construction industry. In other words, it is an ongoing pathway toward broadening your skills, knowledge and experience, and to developing the relevant competencies required.

In construction specifically, this means further education across methodologies, practices and legalities. Furthermore, if you plan to become a member of a professional body or association, (for example, for the team here at Permax, as a fire safety specialist), you need to make sure your documentation is up to date.

Exercises under CPD incorporate short courses, seminars and conferences, practical learning exercises, study of literature and other formal training.

CPD in Australia

Professional development in Australia has become compulsory in many industries on account of advances in innovation, changes to regulations and increasing specialisation. Where the building industry is concerned, CPD is mandatory in NSW and Tasmania, and recommended in most other states.

Even where it is not compulsory, continuing your professional development in Australia should be something that is undertaken as a personal obligation, as a way of showing the market that you take your role seriously and are dedicated to delivering high quality service that safeguards the public and meets the expectations of customers and the requirements of their respective professions.

CPD benefits

The benefits of CPD can be seen from two perspectives – the employee’s and the employer’s. It goes beyond just learning and development and is instrumental in building a happy and knowledgeable workforce with a great working relationship between employees and employers in a company.

How employees benefit

CPD empowers a person to consistently apply attention to significant areas of advancement and takes suitable action to decrease any deficiencies in current information applicable to their job. In other words, it adds to job enrichment. By allowing your employee to undertake units, which grow lateral knowledge within the industry, you can help increase employee loyalty and add to their professional ‘sense of direction’.

CPD arms employees with the right tools to cope positively with a variety of changes and boost their confidence and credibility while allowing them to highlight their achievements. By investing in their ongoing education – not only CPD but also ongoing formal education – the staff will be better equipped to keep up to date with the market and in doing so, help drive advancements within the industry.

CPD can also help employees increase knowledge of the benefits or implications of what they do, which can lead to higher engagement in their work.

How employers benefit

Very likely, you, as an employer, are already providing refresher training for the staff to ensure they are up-to-date with current workplace policies and procedures. During the process, you may have noticed that while your team might be dedicated and passionate, some individuals may come up short on the drive or confidence to put themselves forward for fear of being seen as lacking in one area or another. By persuading your team to go through CPD courses, you can enhance their morale, motivation and wellbeing, which will deliver many benefits to you as an employer.

For employers, CPD safeguards standards across the company and ensures output is both high and consistent. When your employees represent your firm, your clients should be convinced you are the right choice, which will help with future business development.

Lastly, CPD also helps in meeting legal requirements and certification standards augmenting maximisation of staff potential.

Where to get CPD education

There are a lot of associations and educational institutions offering refreshers on the basics of passive fire protection as well as training courses on new fire safety standards in Australia. The Fire Protection Association Australia and Archify, for example, offer an assortment of accreditation training programmes and courses that you can utilise.

Similarly, the team here at Permax can offer you and your staff CPD accreditation solutions.

Permax has developed presentations offering up-to-date CPD training sessions on intumescent coatings and the latest technological advancements associated with passive fire protection.

Permax also offers you the opportunity to organise a CPD Points presentation in the comfort of your office premises.

Permax’s CPD Presentation will cover:

  • Specifying intumescent fire protection for structural steel
  • An introduction to Nullifire
  • The principles of passive fire protection
  • Traditional fire protection methods for structural steel
  • Introduction to intumescent coatings
  • Components of a coating system
  • Latest technologies in intumescent coating advancements
  • Specifying an intumescent coating
  • Onsite/ offsite application and checks
  • Technical help and information
  • Summary and questions

If you are interested in enhancing and honing your skills to achieve your full potential, speak with one of the specialists at Permax or you can also visit the Permax CPD Presentation page for more details.