CPD is an approach to lifelong learning. ACPE defines CPD as a self-directed, ongoing, systematic and outcomes-focused approach to lifelong learning that is applied into practice. It involves the process of active participation in formal and informal learning activities that assist individuals in developing and maintaining continuing competence, enhancing their professional practice, and supporting achievement of their career goals.
The principles of CPD have already been incorporated into continuing education systems in several countries, including Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, several national pharmacy organizations, including ACPE, have adopted statements or policy regarding CPD. The CPD approach is being implemented and studied in academic, regulatory, and practice environments.
- Guidance on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the Profession of Pharmacy
Describes the components of CPD as an approach to self-directed lifelong learning and offers categories and examples of learning activities beyond CPE that can contribute to the development of pharmacy professionals.
Guidance on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Professional Degree Programs
Offers guidance on the components of the CPD model as well as the skills and behaviors needed in self-directed, lifelong learning.
Components of the CPD cycle
A short presentation that provides a summary of the components of the CPD cycle
Categorizes and profiles articles about CPD in pharmacy.
CPD News and Resources
Provides CPD-related information and resources.
Worksheets that can help you to get started with your own CPD. The CPD portfolio is intended as a tool to support your learning.
CPD Webinar Series
CPD educational resources, including presentations and their associated documents. Most of the audio-visual presentations will take approximately one hour with exercises.
Inventory of Learning Styles
This presentation discusses the role of self-reflection in CPD and how to apply learning styles theory to facilitate self-reflection.
Using Reflection to Create a Learning Plan
This presentation describes the importance and application of reflection in personal and professional development and how to design learning objectives that address the personal and professional goals identified through reflection.