ACCA has created My Development, a CPD resource which includes articles, e-learning and face-to-face courses, podcasts, webinars, research and qualifications. My Development provides flexible, interactive and affordable CPD covering a range of relevant technical and business skills. To visit My Development, use the related link to the left of this page.
Learning at work
You can gain verifiable and non-verifiable CPD from a range of work-based activities. Look at the evidence examples in the related links section for more ideas on how learning at work can contribute to your CPD - many of the activities that you do at work (starting a new role, coaching, mentoring, in-house training, and briefings from experts) will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills.
It is very important for you to identify when something is a learning activity and when it is your routine job responsibility. If you undertake new learning in order to carry out a task, it contributes to CPD. If no learning has taken place, you will not have gained CPD.
Working for an ACCA Approved Employer – professional development is another way of achieving the CPD requirement through your work.
Give something back – become an ACCA workplace mentor
All ACCA trainees need a workplace mentor in order to satisfy the practical experience requirements (PER) of the ACCA Qualification. As an ACCA member, you can act as an ACCA workplace mentor to a trainee, provided you work closely with them.
You can learn new skills in a mentoring role, and also contribute to the development of the profession – helping to ensure that new ACCA members have the skills, attitudes and behaviours required to be a qualified accountant. An evidence example has been prepared to help you consider how you can gain CPD through this important role.
Examples of how you can gain CPD from being an ACCA Workplace Mentor include:
- Researching ACCA’s practical experience requirement to prepare for a one-to-one session with your ACCA trainee
- Undertaking learning to keep your technical knowledge up to date in order to ensure a trainee’s workplace performance is technically sound
- Developing your management or coaching skills to ensure you are an effective ACCA Workplace Mentor. Examples include attending coaching training, or researching constructive feedback techniques.
Please note that, over time, you may become familiar with the coaching and mentoring techniques. It’s important that you continue to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to gain CPD.