CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. CPD does not replace the need for learning, training and formal qualifications. It is a process of capturing all elements of continued learning so that it is easy for an individual to demonstrate how they maintain and update knowledge.
Widely considered good practice, and as part of the criteria for Full Servicing Membership through the BPCA, all staff involved in the eradication and control of pest species must be members of a recognised CPD scheme. For this BPCA, recommends the PROMPT Professional Pest Controllers Register run by BASIS. However we also accept in-house CPD schemes if they are approved by BPCA.
BASIS PROMPT is an industry-wide initiative to ensure that professional pest technicians can show they have received proper training, have achieved the required level of competence, and have invested time in keeping their knowledge and skills up-to-date through regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.
PROMPT requires full members to achieve 20 CPD points over a year (starting 1 January and ending 31 December). Earning 20 CPD points should take between 10 and 20 hours of qualifying activities, depending on the content and level of participation.
CPD doesn't necessarily require attendance on training courses: any activity that can be defined as personal development whether maintaining, improving or broadening the knowledge or skills necessary for the execution of your daily work could be allocated CPD points.
You can earn CPD points through a variety of opportunities and activities delivered by the BPCA, including:
It's not just BPCA that offer CPD opportunities, many training organisations, distributors and other companies also offer the chance to earn CPD points through BPCA. See the full list of CPD events in the industry on the BASIS PROMPT website.