Introduction to CPD
What is Continual Professional Development?
CPD refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain formally and informally as you work. It is a record of what you experience, learn and apply:
- It is a commitment towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout your career.
- It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.
- Engaging in CPD ensures that academic and practical qualifications do not become out of date – there is continual upskilling and reskilling.
LCS CPD Summary
- You register to become an LCS CPD member and embark on an annual personal development cycle involving the creation of a development plan, the recording of development activities and the periodic evaluation of progress towards stated development goals.
- When registered, you become an LCS CPD Professional Practitioner, receive a certificate and you are added to the CPD Register on the LCS website. The LCS website personal profile indicates your CPD status.
- The LCS endorses your development plan and confirms that professional development has taken place over the CPD cycle period.
- At the end of the cycle you can seamlessly move to the next cycle
Why LCS Continuing Professional Development?
“We do not just build cars, we build people” – Toyota
Ongoing learning and development are fundamentally linked to continuous improvement in any role. Lean competency, therefore, should not be static, so it is imperative for the committed lean practitioner to improve his or her depth and breadth of knowledge and experience, to ensure that learning is embedded in behaviour and to remain abreast of the latest thinking around lean.
LCS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offers a mechanism to help the career practitioner identify and establish his or her personal continuous improvement goals and a vehicle to signal to the business community that their competency is current and well practiced. It can be viewed as a personal PDCA model of improvement.
The LCS CPD framework complements the current LCS qualification structure. It is called LCS Professional Practitioner and aims to embed and strengthen a holistic lean mindset and capability through constant self-assessment, target-setting, sharing and reflection.
LCS Professional Practitioner
LCS Professional Practitioner is a self-directed CPD framework, where individuals from a variety of roles follow their own structured pathway, through ongoing self-reflection and identifying appropriate gaps in knowledge and practice.
Based on critical self-assessment, individuals set their own learning and practice targets for the year ahead, sharing their journey with colleagues and peers. Self-reflection and feedback from others allows individuals to take stock of their progress and continue their development.
How it Works
A CPD portfolio must be completed annually, demonstrating that the practitioner has been improving his or her overall lean competency. The improvement is evidenced through a range of practice, learning and communication activities that relate to an overall development plan. The portfolio comprises of an A3 development plan, a record of development activities and evidence of development progress.
The overall cycle has four broad stages:
Determine your gaps and opportunities and develop your CPD A3 annual plan. This will cover practice, learning and communication and a special planning template based on A3 thinking is used for this task. You should review and reflect on your plan about every four months, as well as a formal review annually.
Undertake a range of activities that link to your annual plan; these could be one-off or continuous activities. These are recorded in your CPD Activity Record, which should be updated immediately after an activity has taken place. The Doing phase continues throughout the year.
There are several dimensions to Checking. It is continuous, in that you should reflect on each piece of CPD activity you undertake, albeit this will often be brief. Checking can be more formal when your plan is reviewed annually. Checking involves self-reflection and contemplating feedback from others, in relation to your goals, your learning, the improvement process you used, what you have improved upon and where you can improve further. The CPD Progress Check Record is used to document development progress.
Assess your situation. Determine how to embed and standardise your new learning and practice; adjust your existing methods. Identify gaps in knowledge, practice or behaviour to be addressed in future plans.