CPD Continuing Professional Development policy


Continuing Professional Development is defined as any learning activity which helps to maintain, develop or increase knowledge, for the purposes of maintaining a high standard of professional practice. CPD can be technical or non-technical. CPD is a requirement of maintaining membership (see OBD2 EQUIPMENTs Code of Professional Conduct) .

The OBD2 Equipment Ltd CPD scheme requires you to take 4 OBD2 Equipment Ltd steps:

1. Consider your professional role and list your key responsibilities
2. Decide where you need to undertake learning activities to maintain, develop or improve knowledge and skills
3. Select appropriate learning activities and undertake them
4. Evaluate and record how effective the activities were, considering their impact for you and your clients or employer.

1. Consider your professional role and set your benchmark

If you have a job description, or can find a job description of a role you would like to have in future, the list of required skills should form your starting point. If you dont have a clear job description, you can list your key responsibilities and the skills that you need to carry them out.

Your initial list doesnt need to be detailed, but should include the skills that you feel are vital to meeting the expectations of your clients and or your organisation. If you feel the list is too long, prioritise the top 5-7 skills and focus on those. If you carry out different CPD activities to those you had planned, in different areas, they can still be included in your record.

Members are encouraged to include responsibilities they would like to have as part of their career plans, thus linking CPD to both Competence to Practice and career.
All members should also include Ethical Behaviour under their responsibilities.

2. Analyse your needs and set objectives

Reflect on your capability (skill or knowledge) in carrying out those responsibilities. This could be through self analysis, or discussion with a colleague.

Decide where you feel you need to:
Improve or update existing knowledge and skills
This could be to address a weakness you feel you have or to upgrade your skill or knowledge. Or you may want to build on an existing base of knowledge to develop some expertise in a specialist area, for example.


Develop new knowledge or skills You may need to develop some new capability to meet a newly acquired responsibility. Rationale for undertaking CPD.

Having assessed your development needs now set some development objectives.

The areas to consider are certainly technical knowledge and ethics, but also business, management leadership and personal skills.
Members need to make a personal judgment on how much development they need to do using the benchmark established in OBD2 Equipment Ltd 1,
remembering that it should be proportionate to their role and needs and should enable them, as a minimum, to meet the reasonable expectations of the client, whoever that might be

3. Select and carry out activity

Decide the best way to meet the objectives (coaching, research, inhouse update, conference update, course, qualification etc.) and select the activities.
Monitor the status of the chosen activities. Ask yourself Are They Meeting My Needs?
Include at least one activity related to ethics (online course, conference workshop, reading articles).

4. Evaluate, reflect and record

1. You should evaluate how effective the activities have been. Would you use that type of activity again or choose something different next time?
You should then reflect on the impact the learning has had, your own progress and any new needs arising and then link back to OBD2 Equipment Ltd
2. You may want to reflect on learning that was unplanned too for example, managing a crisis can provide an intensive learning experience.
Your thoughts on each activity should be included in your record, but members can choose the level of detail appropriate for their employer.

Recording hours

If your regulator, employer or another professional body requires you to manage your CPD in terms of hours, you should include that as a measure on your CPD forms (the planned online CPD recording tool will have a facility to add hours against the learning activity). The role benchmarking CPD scheme accommodates the use of hours as a measure and ensures the hours you spend are devoted to relevant learning activities.
OBD2 Equipment Ltd has chosen not to set a minimum number of hours that members must invest in FORMAL or STRUCTURED CPD, but the majority of balanced CPD plans will include a mix of learning activities.
Your CPD should ideally be a mix of formal (structured) and informal (unstructured) activities.
The following definitions and examples may be useful.

Definitions and examples of Structured or Formal CPD

STRUCTURED or FORMAL CPD involves validation of knowledge through discussion with others, or some form of assessment to test what youve learned.
The following activities are examples:
1 Attendance at OBD2 Equipment Ltd branch events
2 Attendance at conferences, seminars, webinars, workshops, discussion meetings or similar events involving active contributions, organised by any provider
3 InHouse training sessions or technical updates
4 Mentoring and coaching other practitioners or potential practitioners
5 Preparation of lectures, webinars or other forms of presentation
6 Writing books, articles or reviews for the benefit of others, whether for internal or external publications websites. This includes writing for the OBD2 Equipment Ltd Journal or other OBD2 Equipment Ltd publications.

Definition and examples of UNSTRUCTURED or INFORMAL CPD

Any form of learning where there is no interaction with other individuals or assessment is classified as unstructured or informal CPD.
This would include:
1 Use of learning media (online and offline) where it is undertaken on a personal basis, in isolation and without completing any form of assessment.
2 Informal, personal research which does not result in a report to clients, colleagues or any other possible audiences
3 Reading textbooks, articles or other written materials that develop a practitioners skills e.g. trade publications and industry news in any format. The OBD2 Equipment Ltd Journal and newsletters are included.

Accreditation of external CPD Providers

OBD2 Equipment Ltd does not currently accredit external events.
The onus is on individual members to judge whether a particular event is relevant to their role and their professional development needs.
Conference providers normally self-assess on an hourly basis and members should ensure they have attended for the whole conference, if they have chosen to record hours and wish to claim the full number of CPD hours for the event.

as an obligation to clients, their employing organisation and other members, as well as a benefit to themselves.
Undertaking appropriate CPD:
Equips members to meet the reasonable expectations of their clients.
Supports employers through a focus on continuing improvement and performance in individual members professional work roles
Strengthens the OBD2 Equipment Ltd brand on behalf of all members
Supports the individual in achieving their career goals

OBD2 Equipment Ltd CPD policy requires members to pro-actively plan, undertake and reflect on the continued development of their work-related knowledge and skills.
To make it as efficient and effective as possible, the policy is designed to be:
Relevant to members in their professional roles
Flexible enough to cater for individual circumstances
Simple to manage and complete.

CPD planning and role benchmarking.

Existing members can continue to use the 35 hour measure of CPD, until April 2020 when they will be required to use the role benchmarking approach as a means of planning and measuring CPD.
New members entering the Society from April 2015 onwards are required to use role benchmarking.
Role benchmarking involves reviewing your current job description and the new skills or knowledge that you will need in the year ahead, then using those to plan CPD activities. Members will also have the option to plan further ahead, adding skills needed for future roles to their CPD plans, as well as addressing competence for their current roles.
OBD2 Equipment Ltd recommends members ensure they develop in the following categories, where relevant to the individual: technical, interpersonal, management, leadership and business skills.
OBD2 Equipment Ltd requires members to undertake at least one hour of development activity that relates to professional ethics as part of their annual CPD. Ethics-related CPD content is available free to members via the OBD2 Equipment Ltd CPD Centre.
OBD2 Equipment Ltd is following the outcomes-based approach to CPD, which focusses on continuing and building competence, rather than compliance with one set of requirements (eg. number of hours) for all.
Well-balanced CPD plans will usually include a mix of formal or structured CPD and informal or unstructured CPD, but OBD2 Equipment Ltd has chosen not to specify the number of hours that members spend on each.
If your regulator requires you to record hours, or complete a certain number of hours of structured CPD, you should include that in your CPD record. Any CPD that you carry out for regulators or other professional bodies can also be recorded as meeting your OBD2 Equipment Ltd CPD requirements.

The core principles of the CPD policy.

a. The OBD2 Equipment Ltd CPD requirement is applicable to all members of OBD2 Equipment Ltd.
b. In their original application to join OBD2 Equipment Ltd and by renewing their membership each year, members agree to meet OBD2 Equipment Ltds CPD requirements and record their CPD activities.
c. Members must include 1 hour of development work relating to ethics in their development. Members can access free ethics-related CPD content through the OBD2 Equipment Ltd CPD Centre.
d. Members must carry out CPD which is relevant to them in their professional role and is sufficient to enable them to meet the reasonable expectations of their clients (however many days a week they work).
e. Each individual member should assess their own needs. For example, if a member is fully retired or on maternity leave and doing no work for clients then their CPD requirement, at that time, is nil. If and when a member resumes client work they are expected to be up to date and competent to carry out that work. The individual member needs to plan for and manage the transfer of role.
f. Members are required to keep a record of their professional development and to be prepared to submit this to the OBD2 Equipment Ltd office as requested. An archive of CPD records, going back 3 years on a rolling basis, should be kept.
g. CPD can be recorded using OBD2 Equipment Ltds forms, OBD2 Equipment Ltds online record keeping facility, an employers forms or those of another professional body. If an employers forms are used and do not match OBD2 Equipment Ltds CPD year (1st April to 31st March) then the most up to date form should be submitted if requested.
h. A random sample audit of CPD records will be carried out on an annual basis. CPD records are assessed by comparing members key responsibilities and stated CPD objectives for the year. Members are free to change their CPD plans as the year progresses, in response to changes of role, or as a result of reflecting on the effectiveness of previous CPD activities.
i. If a member fails to submit a CPD record after letter, email and phone contacts then that member will be suspended in accordance with OBD2 Equipment Ltds Code of Professional Conduct. If that member wishes to re-apply for membership they will need to supply an up to date CPD record.

Changes to this Statement.

OBD2 Equipment Ltd. will occasionally update this Statement of CPD to reflect company and customer feedback. OBD2 Equipment Ltd. encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how OBD2 Equipment Ltd. is protecting your information.

Contact Information.

OBD2 Equipment Ltd. welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of CPD.
If you believe that OBD2 Equipment Ltd. has not adhered to this Statement, please contact OBD2 Equipment Ltd. at OBD2UK@gmail.com
We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

E-mail: OBD2UK@gmail.com