CPD for accountants: take your career to the next level
Continuing professional development (CPD) is a learning process designed to help you maintain, expand and update your skills and knowledge throughout your career. Undertaking CPD helps you build on the skills you’ve acquired and remain relevant and competitive as the finance landscape evolves.
It's vital that finance professionals stay up to date with the latest legislative and technical training, and gain those all-important "impact" skills that help you to stand out from the crowd: negotiation, presentation, data analytics, ethics.
How to undertake CPD
You're likely already undertaking CPD. If you've read an article, been in a webinar, listened to a podcast or had a one-to-one meeting at work relating to your role, that all counts.
Get started with four steps
Plan: Assess the gaps in your knowledge and find out where you could build on your skills to be more effective in your role.
Do: Undertake activities that will support you to achieve this goal, whether that's attending a conference, reading an article or watching a video. If it helps you to achieve your learning goals, it counts.
Review: Take time to reflect on your learning. Is it working? Has it helped you achieve your goal? Do you need to rethink your goals?
Record: Make a note of the CPD you undertake so you can easily review your plan and demonstrate you’ve taken steps to increase your understanding.
AAT's CPD resources
We provide a wide range of free and discounted resources to support our members and the wider industry to stay up to date with CPD.
Explore a wide range of essential CPD resources for all accounting professionals whether you're just starting out, part of a team, leading a department or running your own business.
Search through on-demand and live e-learning and training courses, bringing you the latest finance industry and technical information so you're ready for your clients and customers.
Free and discounted events
Explore our wide range of webinars, mastercourses and training, including quick overviews you can watch in your lunch break or in-depth training to deep dive into complex issues. Available live or on demand, whatever suits your schedule.
AAT Business Finance Basics: short online courses
Brush up on the basics with these short online finance courses and quickly learn key CPD, like bookkeeping, budgeting, cash flow and financial reporting.
Read the latest insights and updates with AAT Comment
Get insight on the latest trending topics in finance, commentary from some of the industry’s leading experts and support for your career development.
Connect with finance professionals across the UK
Expand your professional network, share insights and get peer to peer support on the challenges you face through AAT branch events. They take place online or face to face across the UK and they're free to attend.