CPD for your staff

Continuing professional development (CPD) is ongoing work-related learning that enables staff to keep their technical skills, business skills and industry knowledge up to date. The process is driven by the employee rather than the employer and involves:

  • assessing learning needs
  • carrying out a range of CPD activities
  • reflecting on and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience gained.

How CPD benefits your business

Boost staff confidence and credibility

Develop your staff's skills and knowledge

CPD encourages your staff to follow changes in legislation, technology and working practice, giving them the tools to cope positively with change.

When employees excel, their job satisfaction increases. When employers support CPD the whole finance team improves.

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AAT CPD events and resources

To help your staff with their professional development we run CPD courses on key areas of accounting and finance. These are open to everyone: AAT members and non-members.

Each year we run a conference, AAT Future Finance, for two days of discussion and debate around the major issues facing accountancy today, featuring a keynote speech, expert speakers, workshops, sessions and peer-networking. This event is open to everyone.

We run branch networking events for AAT members and guests. We also provide AAT members and AAT Employer Scheme members with a huge range of online CPD resources. These include e-learning, articles, podcasts and webinars in the Knowledge Hub, tests, blogs and forums. These are free and will enable your staff to fit in learning at a time that suits them.

Our CPD policy for AAT members

At AAT we're committed to the high standards of our members. To achieve this, one of the conditions of AAT affiliate and professional membership is mandatory CPD.

This ensures that we uphold our responsibility to employers and the accounting industry that AAT members are competent, confident and continually developing in their ability to perform their roles.

How to support your AAT members' CPD

AAT member requirements

Your AAT professional members must follow AAT's personal CPD route. They'll need to keep records of their learning and regularly review their progress against our CPD cycle. AAT's CPD policy is not based on a set number of hours or credits. Instead, it's measured by the outcomes and benefits that members derive from doing CPD: it's about the quality, not the quantity.

How staff should record their CPD

Your AAT professional members can access our online CPD record tool through their MyAAT account. This makes recording CPD quick and simple and keeps all information relating to their career and development in one place. Your staff can use the tool to plan and record their learning and reflect on progress, and it's designed to reflect AAT's CPD cycle, so using it will help them meet our CPD requirements.

CPD activities

  • Work-based learning: planned coaching or mentoring from colleagues or specialists, discussions or planning with colleagues, being a representative on a committee, special project work or job secondments, work shadowing, supervising colleagues or students, expanding the employee's role with new assignments, job rotation.
  • Professional activity: local AAT branch meetings, AAT events, career events, membership of an accounting or finance interest group, mentoring, networking.
  • Formal/educational: AAT mastercourses, courses and conferences, e-learning modules, studying towards other qualifications, research, writing articles/papers/blog posts.
  • Self-directed learning: AAT webinars, podcasts, reading or research into relevant topics – books, journals, online articles, using social media as a source of finance and accounting news, voluntary work.