ACCA - The global body for professional accountants

We want you to gain as much value as possible from your CPD activity. By planning your CPD carefully, you can identify the skills and knowledge you require to achieve your personal and professional goals.

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Focusing on relevance

The most important thing to focus on is relevance to your role and your career ambitions. The short video on this page will help you think about the importance of relevant CPD. This section also includes useful tools and advice to help you plan and source relevant CPD activities and reflect on your learning.

Key things to think about

If you work in accounting and finance, you will need to keep your technical knowledge current. Practising members should aim to ensure that an appropriate amount of development is undertaken in their area(s) of technical specialism.

Members holding an ACCA practising certificate and audit qualification must ensure they maintain their competence in audit - even if no audit work is currently being undertaken.

If your career has moved away from accounting and finance, you should undertake learning which is relevant to your new career - which could be anything from teaching to law, or consultancy to IT.

Consider non-technical skills

No matter what route your career has taken, it is important to also consider non-technical skills. You may wish to pursue learning in:

  • business management
  • personal effectiveness
  • leadership and strategy; or
  • information technology (IT).

We recognise activity within all of these areas - what is important is that your learning is relevant to you and how you demonstrate this learning.

Last updated: 27 Jan 2015