Taking the time to plan your CPD and identify your development needs will focus your learning and make your development more effective.

  • Plan your approach

    Step one: identify the areas that you would like to develop

    It’s important to remember that the accountancy profession never stands still.  We have been researching the key knowledge, skills and behaviours that professional accountants are going to need in the future, and identified the seven key skills you’ll need to ensure your future success.

    We’ve also created a self-diagnostic test to help you discover which of these skills you should develop as part of your CPD, to keep you ahead of the game.

    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!

    Step two: plan activities to help meet your identified development needs

    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.

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

  • Professional development matrix (PDM)

    Acting as your personal 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 help 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.