Each event costs less than £30 with all fees and taxes included.
With membership, you get entry to 10 events at no charge.
Each 1 hour workshop counts as 3 CPD points.
Certificates will be given to participants after attending the event.
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and can be defined as the process through which an individual maintains and extends the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong professional competence.
Obtaining CPD points refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge, and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It's a record of what you experience, learn, and then apply.
CPD courses refer to workshops, lectures, meetings, events, conferences, training, and online courses provided by professionals.
For a course to be formally CPD accredited by a professional body it usually has to fulfill a wide range of criteria.
The target audience, goals of the event, and the benefits to participants should be clear.
Feedback from the participants is essential.
The profile of the event trainer/ speaker(s) must be of sufficient professional quality.
In this fast-moving world, it is ever more important to keep up to date in order to maintain standards and demonstrate competence and as more people become professionally qualified with similar qualifications, CPD becomes more important as a means of separating yourself from the pack.
Because continuing professional development can be measured using CPD points granted by an accredited organization, the achievements you make can be noticed by potential and current employees.
A planned approach to Continuing Professional Development allows an individual to put themselves in charge of their own career development and work-related ambitions. This personal empowerment of learning brings with it an increase in confidence and resulting abilities, all of which can easily be linked to an improvement of capability for employment.
Although, in the past, the majority of CPD courses have been delivered in person, since the COVID-19 epidemic the landscape of events has changed. Online courses and distance learning have now become increasingly popular, with the advantage of reduced costs to the course organisers. These reduced costs are often (but not always) passed to the delegate, meaning lower priced tickets. But with cheep online CPD courses there is a misconception regarding the value of this type of learning, and online certificates can often be dismissed as not offering a similar level of value to career progression. However, if a course has continued professional development accreditation from a recognized professional body, you can be assured that the same teaching standards are being upheld as similar face-to-face events.
All mums in science events fulfill the following criteria required for The Royal Society of Biologists to give accreditation of our CPD courses:-
We ensure the effectiveness of all CPD courses, for example reviewing and developing our provisions to ensure professional development. The target audience, goals of the event and the benefits to participants, learning outcomes of the event, and how these will be delivered are always clear.
Feedback from our participants evaluates whether they feel that their knowledge and skills have benefited from the event. We always act on our negative feedback to improve future events.
We carry out risk assessments for our staff.
The CV or profile of the event trainer/ speaker is provided. All speakers involved with the event have qualifications and/or experience appropriate to their role and degree of involvement in the event. They are all proficient in their areas of expertise, effective communicators and capable of establishing rapport with the participants.
Our online training courses are never less than 1 hour’s duration.
A certificate of attendance is issued to all participants of our CPD courses and a list of participants is kept for 3 years. This list is available to the Society for inspection, free of charge.
The teaching methods, the size of the group as well as the experience and needs of the participants are appropriate to the subject being taught. We use an interactive style of teaching with questions and comments from the participants and discussion is encouraged in all our CPD courses.
When appropriate, participants are given documentation prior to and/or during the event to enhance their professional development.
We approve of Society staff attending any professional development cpd event for the purposes of inspection free of charge.
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