WHAT IS CPD?
CPD stands for continuing professional development.
In simple terms this means continuing your education to build and develop your skills. This can be done in our outside of work.
CPD may be a one off learning course, or a series of studies leading to a qualification.
Although it is good practice for employers to encourage self development through CPD, it can also be led by you.
An example of undergoing CPD would be completing the BGA e-learning modules, physically attending a course or seeking extra training through an online provider such as The Open College of Equine Studies.
Who benefits from CPD?
As a groom you never stop learning and there are always ways to develop your skills and learn new things.
As well as you benefiting from your new skills, your employ will also benefit your employer, and ultimately the horses in your care.
Depending on the role you are in, or looking to be in, you might look at other areas to develop your skills, such as IT, customer service, equine biomechanics or nutrition.
Finding something you are interested in is the key to enjoying your learning.
It is best practice to keep a written record of the courses you have undertaken so that you can add them to your CV where applicable.
IS CPD EXPENSIVE?
There are lots of free CPD available. An example of this would be the BGA e-learning modules.
Other CPD, especially if you are working towards a qualification, will usually be charged for, although doesn’t tend to be expensive.
The Open College of Equine Studies have lots of CPD options. The British Horse Society also runs CPD days.
Top Tip: Look out for relevant events in your area. For example your local equine veterinary practice may hold client evenings which are usually free, but a great way of learning.
DO I NEED TO PHYSICALLY ATTEND?
There is CPD to suit everyone. Although some courses you will need to attend there are lots of courses are now done online.
WILL I NEED TIME OFF WORK?
If you are doing employer led CPD then this is usually done inside work hours (and paid for by your employer).
CPD that you arrange for your own benefit is usually done outside of work hours and at your own cost.