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How can CPD help your career?

CPD, or Continuing Professional Development, enables an individual to learn new skills. They develop knowledge relevant to enhancing their career.

Boosting your career prospects with new skills

CPD is learning activities for professionals to learn new skills or develop expertise. It is an ongoing process, usually driven by the employee, with support from their employer.

CPD courses can help you progress your career and stay up-to-date with industry developments. They allow you to continually upskill or re-skill. That's regardless of your age, experience, or occupation.

Looking to boost your career prospects or improve the skills of your team? You may want to consider CPD courses.

The benefits of CPD

CPD can be incredibly beneficial for your career development. It can help you achieve recognition and even progress towards promotion.

CPD could benefit your career by:

It’s also important to note that some sectors need you to have certain CPD certifications. They need you to undergo specific training as part of your role.

What does CPD involve?

With every organisation and learner having different needs, CPD can take many formats. Learning can be structured or self-directed and could include:

  • seminars
  • webinars
  • online training
  • classroom training
  • conferences
  • events

No matter what type of CPD training, it’s important to set learning objectives at the start. Then you can reflect on what you’ve learned throughout the course.

After all, CPD isn’t just about one-off training. It’s about benefiting from lifelong learning and long-term career development.

Find out more about what CPD is and the types of training available.

CPD at Newcastle

When you study a CPD course with us, you will benefit from:

  • access to the latest knowledge, skills, technologies, and tools
  • access to leading teaching expertise, facilities, and online resources
  • tailored courses developed alongside a range of organisations
  • professional body accreditation on many degree programmes
  • flexible learning, in-house, on campus, or online

We’ve delivered professional skills development for high-profile organisations, including:

  • Siemens
  • NHS
  • Environment Agency
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Ministry of Education in Nigeria
  • China State Tax Office

Courses and disciplines

At Newcastle University, our expertise is wide-ranging and our CPD courses are too. Our training is tied in with our research strengths, which lie in areas including:

  • ageing and health
  • cities and place
  • culture and the creative arts
  • one planet
  • data

Find a full list of our CPD courses


In particular, we offer CPD courses in disciplines including:

Bespoke CPD courses

At Newcastle University, you can enjoy bespoke CPD training to meet your needs. Our bespoke courses can be tailored according to:

  • employer and learner needs
  • access to facilities and equipment
  • assessment requirements
  • professional body accreditation

Download our guide to bespoke CPD courses

Questions about CPD?