Jan 3 / Lily Wilson

Choosing a CPD course

Accredited Continuous Professional Development (CPD) can be used to enhance an already successful career in the education industry. Many thousands of Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Support Staff have successfully used certification to seek out new roles and develop in their career.

Online training courses that provide certification allow you to hone your skills, improve performance in your role, stay relevant in your field, and unlock new professional opportunities.

Navigating the vast array of online CPD offerings can feel overwhelming. There is however, a few simple tips that can be used to ensure you choose the right courses, ensuring your professional development journey leads to meaningful impact.

Understand your goals and CPD requirements

Your first step should be introspective.

Are you looking to gain new skills and strategies to use in your current role, or are you looking to gain a new professional position and utilise training and certification to enhance your career prospects?

Before you enrol in any course, you should spend some time thinking about your goals, both short-term and long-term.

Understanding your wants and needs will help you select courses that really have a positive impact on your professional life.

Courses that suit your objectives

If you're looking to complete online training that helps your in your current role by deepening your subject knowledge and providing you expert skills and industry-led strategies, you should choose courses that directly address the immediate challenges you are facing in the learning environment you work in. 

For example, if you're a Teacher struggling with disruptive behaviour, then mastering classroom management techniques by completing a Positive Behaviour Management course will provide you with immediate benefits. 
If you're struggling with supporting children and young adults with Safeguarding issues, then completing an online Safeguarding course will provide you with actionable skills and strategies to ensure you are able to support and protect all your students.
If on the other hand, you're using online training to boost your career and help with your long-term aspirations, you should select courses that reflect this.

For example, if you are looking to move into a leadership role, then online training courses that focus on leadership skills will be strategically relevant to you. A certification that shows you possess leadership, collaboration and planning skills on your CV will be looked at as a tangible asset during the hiring process.
Don't forget, a well-curated CPD portfolio showcases your dedication to professional growth, making you a more attractive candidate for promotions, leadership roles, and even career pivots.

Scrutinise course content and seek peer reviews

When you're choosing courses to enroll in, it's crucially important that you assess both the course content and what educators who have already completed the course have said.

Is the course accredited by a governing body that ensures quality, credibility and relevancy? Does it delve into specific, evidence-based strategies? Does it offer practical tools and resources? Will completing the course actually have a positive impact on your training goals?

All Prospero Learning courses are fully accredited by The CPD Certification Service. The CPD Certification Service are the world's largest independent CPD accreditation institution and assess all Prospero Learning courses for quality and credibility before providing their stamp of approval. 

Prospero Learning is rated 4.8/5 on Trustpilot and is one of the highest rated providers of CPD for the education industry in the UK.
Prospero Learning is rated 4.8/5 on Trustpilot and is one of the highest rated providers of CPD for the education industry in the UK.