Do your CPD
Once you’ve planned your CPD by identifying the areas you’d like to develop, it is time to find learning activities to help you achieve this.
Provided that what you learn is relevant to your job or future career aspirations then lots of different activities can count as CPD, including:
- online courses
- online articles
- learning at work
- face-to-face courses
- committees/panels/ discussion groups
- undertaking research
- additional qualifications
- coaching and mentoring
- publications and technical articles.
Below we take a more detailed look at some of the ways you can do CPD.
CPD resource finder
Our CPD resource finder allows you to search for events an courses near you, as well as access articles, e-learning, webinars, research and qualifications relevant to your career path.
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' area of this page for more ideas of how learning at work can contribute to your CPD. Many of the activities that you do at work (eg starting a new role, coaching, mentoring, in-house training and briefings) 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 who holds professional development approval is another way of achieving the CPD requirement through your work.
Find out more about the Approved Employer programme.
Become a practical experience supervisor
Give something back by becoming a practical experience supervisor. All our trainees need a supervisor to satisfy the Practical Experience Requirements (PER) of the ACCA Qualification.
As an ACCA member, you can act as a practical experience supervisor to one of our trainees, provided you work closely with them. You can also gain CPD through this important role, eg by:
- researching our PER to prepare for a one-to-one session with your 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 practical experience supervisor. Examples include coaching or training, or researching constructive feedback techniques.
Please note that, over time, you may become familiar with the coaching techniques. It is important that you continue to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to gain CPD.
Find out more about becoming a practical experience supervisor.