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Planning your approach to CPD will help you to focus on maintaining the knowledge and skills you need in your current role and, if appropriate to you, help you to progress your career ambitions.

Plan your approach

Thinking about your CPD also has the added advantage of allowing you to plan your approach - avoid the trap of having to complete all your activity at the end of the year by! Be aware that CPD is not all about courses and events, there are other types of learning (eg e-learning or learning at work), which may be more effective for your needs.

The CPD policy is flexible and a wide range of learning can contribute towards your requirement, as long as it is relevant to your development.

ACCA Compass

ACCA Compass allows you to assess your level of experience and skill and compare this to a recommended market average for 20 different job titles.

As a result, this process will help you identify areas that require further development. This makes the planning element for your CPD requirement much simpler. You can also identify the skill sets required for the positions that you aspire to, which will help you move up the career ladder.

To complement ACCA Compass, we have developed a career pathways guide for members working in public practice. You can download this Career pathways guide from the 'related documents' area of this page.

Professional Development Matrix (PDM)

Acting as an electronic coach, the PDM is designed to help you identify your preferred learning style. The PDM also helps identify the knowledge, skills and expertise you may need in either your current and future roles. It will also help you produce a personal development plan.

The PDM will enable you to:

  • evaluate the best and most effective way to obtain CPD
  • produce personal role profiles, by referring to other members' profiles, that help identify the knowledge, skills and responsibilities required of a specific role
  • manage time and resources effectively by prioritising CPD needs and activities
  • schedule personal reminders to revisit priorities and CPD plans at a future date.

Access the PDM by logging in to myACCA.

Last updated: 27 Jan 2015

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