The phrase CPD (Continuing Professional Development) refers to a dedication to lifelong learning.

Professionalism is approached through Continuing Professional Development. (CPD) that includes a variety of activities, including:

  • training,
  • workshops,
  • e-learning courses
  • the most effective training methods;

Individuals’ own Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency (KUPs) are improved, while existing academic and practical qualifications are maintained.

CPD is very useful for individuals, organizations, and entire sectors to keep their skills and knowledge updated. Provision of CPD allows organizations to become a knowledge library for their important stakeholders.

Professionals can use CPD recognized/accredited training courses, workshops, and events to meet their unique CPD obligations.

The following are the key advantages of CPDs:

  • Individual CPD – Individual CPD helps individuals focus on how they can become more competent and productive professionals on a regular basis. Training and learning boost confidence and general capability while also supporting career goals.

CPD for Businesses — Providing CPD-accredited learning benefits your business has benefit  by increasing brand awareness and perception. Internal CPD develops and promotes a robust learning culture in your company, resulting in a more productive workforce.

Because life and knowledge are dynamic rather than static, nearly everyone must keep their knowledge and certifications up to date in order to meet market demands.

The amount of CPD that an individual needs varies by industry. This is seen in all fields, including law, maritime, construction, healthcare, and medicine.

In many regulated industries, professional organisations and associations are expected to ensure that a mandated CPD policy is applied across all positions and job responsibilities.

CPD allows a person to discover new areas for growth and take proper steps to address any deficiencies that may occur due to a lack of knowledge update.

Furthermore, Continuing Professional Development must be viewed as a means of remaining competitive and differentiating oneself.

Continuing Professional Development can be accomplished in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons, therefore there is no limit to the number of CPDs that can be earned.

Only the following very broad and generic categories should be considered:

  • Active CPD Learning – interactive and participation-based research and study.
  • Non Active CPD Learning — this type of CPD is significantly more passive and one-directional because no participant-based engagement is involved.
  • Informal CPD — includes all CPD activities that are not accompanied by others.

CPD targets are often expressed on a temporal or numerical basis by the great majority of institutions and professional groups. CPD activities like training, seminars, workshops, events, and conferences, as well as other organized types of learning, are used to define these goals. Hours, points, units, and credits are all common ways to measure CPD.

Individuals can get advice from accredited CPD Providers on how many CPD hours or points they can get from completing any certified CPD activity, such as a conference, training session, or seminar. This will assist any individual delegate in recording the correct level of CPD hours for him/her or their professional body.

The accreditation of CPD providers is strongly recommended because Accredited CPD Providers have a system in place to measure how many CPD hours or points are achievable from the completion of any certified CPD activity.

The accreditation process begins with ensuring what  training courses and events are appropriate for Continuing Professional Development.


Our CPD Auditors will examine your training system’s structure, as well as how training is provided and the major objectives for CPD accreditation.


You will obtain a ‘UNIVAB CPD Accreditation’ certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the accreditation procedure, confirming that the learning system (provision and/or development of courses) fulfills the required standards, knowledge  and guidelines.


Once you’ve been accredited as a CPD provider and/or training developer, you can start the work creating training courses and events. Presentation slides, handouts, and any extra training course notes are usually included in the training course materials.


For all necessary documents needed for your application refer to our Methodology 

6.1. Scope

These criteria define the requirements for Training Providers and Training Course Developers to gain and maintain Universal Accreditation Board llc (UNIVAB) accreditation.

These requirements provide for the following accreditation options:

  1. a) Training Providers and Training Course Development; or
  2. b) Training Course Providers only; or
  3. c) Training Course Development only or
  4. d) Training Providers and Training Course Development with established distant learning or e-learning system.
  5. e) Training Providers and Training Course Development with established distant learning or e-learning system and in addition provide access for persons with disabilities

The above apply to training courses designed and/or supplied by private and public organizations, institutions, unions, government agencies, employers, independent training institutions and organizations at all levels, community colleges, universities, and other associations.

In the case of person certification, where ISO/IEC 17024 is recommended, these requirements are not applicable. Even so, these criteria can be used to build curricula and provide training as part of a people certification process.

UNIVAB accreditation makes no representations, and should not be regarded as making representations on traits that are not specifically covered by the accreditation. Accreditation does not imply that UNIVAB endorses or recommends the usage of a certain training provider or training course creator.

6.2. Eligibility


Training providers who meet all of the following conditions are eligible for accreditation:

  • Exist in his/her country as a legal entity
  • Have at least two (2) training course developers (either employees or contract/agreement-based) with at least two (2) years of training experience;
  • having no criminal history;
  • have been operating for the last three years



Training course developer must meet the following requirements:

  • be a legal entity in his or her country;
  • have developed and delivered at least three (3) courses; o have a signed agreement with the training provider if not an employee; and
  • have the appropriate qualifications for the courses he or she prepared (Copies of the Curricula Vitae or resumes for all teaching, assessing and quality assurance staff.)
  • have a clean criminal record
  • have five years of work experience


Training provider and course developer must have the following:

  • Adequate facilities to adequately support the authorized activities. A description of the physical plant and infrastructure must be included in the records.
  • A classroom evacuation plan and fire prevention measures
  • Financial resources required to administer training programs in accordance with the accreditation scope, as well as to pay associated obligations and responsibilities



The training provider and training course developer must declare the standard or regulatory regime under which they seek accreditation such as: The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning,

  • ASTM E2659: Standard Practice for Certificate Programs,
  • IPC SC-11-002, Specification on IPC Recognition of Training Courses and Training Providers,
  • APA/AERA/NCME Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing,
  • DNV -ST-0029 for marine training professionals).


6.3 Management Evidences


The following recorded evidence (where applicable) should be provided:

  • A copy of an organogram or organizational chart that depicts the training department as well as the person(s) in charge of quality assurance.
  • A copy of the company’s ISO certificate for training, as well as a copy of the most current audit report from a certification authority for training.
  • Two independent references or agreements for the training provider’s services are required (except for higher education institutions).
  • A link to the training provider’s website – this website should be used to back up all of the information in the application, such as course descriptions.



6.4  Quality Capacity



The training provider and training course developer will have a quality system in place that includes Quality Management description that complies with relevant ISO 9001 or similar requirements.

The following must be kept on file:

  • Management reviews and internal audits
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Complains and Appeals
  • Customer service o Procedures
  • Documents & Records Period of control and retention
  • Corrective and preventative measures
  • Outsourced Services
  • Job Descriptions
  • Confidentiality and Security

6.5.  Technical Issues


The training provider and course developer will have a set of mechanisms in place, which will include:


  • Application Processing Technical and Administrative Oversight
  • Development, Planning, and Implementation of a Program/Course
  • Where necessary, conduct a needs and risk analysis:
  • Qualifications of the instructor
  • Student Learning Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluations
  • Document/course Library Management, Changes, and Updates
  • Personal sensitive information security and protection
  • Method of Certificate Award
  • Student Capacity in Classroom(s)

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