The Computer Society of Zimbabwe has been given permission to use the CPD scheme devised by the British Computer Society, for which the BCS is thanked.
The systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skill and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout the individual's working life.
Engineering Council definition of Continuing Professional Development, October 1994.
The job market is changing all the time. You may no longer be able to rely on your employer to identify and satisfy individual development needs. Additionally, you may well change jobs several times during your working life. Therefore, you need to take ownership of your career and its continuing development.
These changes have increased the demands on people in all walks of life to keep documented evidence of their continued competence, and nowhere is this greater than in information systems where technology is advancing so swiftly. In your own best interests you should be developing a personal portfolio of your professional activities and their relevance to your job competence and your career ambitions.
By undertaking CPD you will be:
a) demonstrating your continuing commitment to your profession;
b) developing the good practice of regularly reviewing needs and selecting relevant learning activities.
There is no simple answer to this. It varies from one person to another. The demands of your job and the extent of your personal ambition will determine how much you should do.
Always remember that quality is much more important than quantity. The most important aspect of CPD is the knowledge and skill that you acquire, i.e. the learning outcome, rather than the number of hours of study which you undertake, i.e. the input.
If you are to maintain sufficiently high standards of professional competence to keep yourself employable you will need to undertake a significant amount of CPD. However, when you consider all the activities, particularly at work and in the form of private study, that add to your knowledge, skills and experience, you will realise that quite substantial amounts are achievable.