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Continuing Professional Development
CPD and you
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for driving instructors is definitely happening right now. When it will become compulsory is another matter - no-one knows at the moment.
What is CPD
CPD is simply training which will enhance an instructor's skills. It can take many forms: online courses; training workshops; further qualifications; one to one training; attendance of meetings; in fact, anything which enhances your skills as an instructor. Keeping up to date using forums can count as CPD. The minimum CPD will probably be seven hours a year.
CPD and DIDU
At the moment, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) holds regular meetings of a steering committee and a working group. DIDU has representation on both committees.
"The Steering Committee is to ratify and discuss the recommendations of the Working Group -- rather like the House of Lords are to the House of Commons. They also have ideas themselves and throw ideas at the Working Group for them to discuss and come up with possible formats -- and then they throw it back at the Steering Committee to then put into a possible timescale up to regulation or legislation."
"The Working Group like the Steering Committee are a mix of ADI Representative Associations/Training Bodies who take to task suggestions and seek the best way to formulate a programme for the structure then to be passed up to the Steering Committee to take any final decisions before the DSA then ratify a working programme and if necessary to place before the Minister and Governemnt if the current law needs changing."
Members of DIDU have access to the latest developments, as seen on our busy forum.
Do you need to start CPD now?
There is still no definite start date for mandatory CPD. CPD taken now has to be a good thing, but no-one knows how it will count.
On-line CPD: a course for all members on building your own website.