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What is a CPD? - As a Surveyor How Can You Take Part?

From building and construction to law and engineering, professionals in many industries are required to undergo regular training in order to stay up to date with all the latest changes and innovations. In many industries, this training is crucial as it ensures professionals are aware of changing safety standards and it disseminates knowledge throughout the country. This training is generally provided by leading businesses and organisations within a field. for example, receiving regular training on how to maintain modern render can set you up to make better-informed decisions. As well as informing and educating, taking part in relevant training sessions, seminars and workshops give participants a chance to improve their professional credentials and stay ahead in the workplace. Helping them to perform their work to the very best of their capabilities, professional development is essential for anyone with the ambition to be the best in their business. 

What is CPD? 

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. This continuing development is important in a lot of industries and many professionals are required to undertake CPD in order to ensure their skills are as up to date and as relevant as possible. In some cases, professionals can lose their license to practice, or lose their membership of a professional body if they do not complete a certain number of hours of CPD per year.

CPD can take many forms but, in general, it involves taking part in training courses, talks and seminars. These sessions are often lead by professionals who have extensive experience in their field and most are specifically designed to inform and educate those working in a particular industry. We are currently running a CPD series on how to maintain modern render.

Why are they good? 

Continuing professional development is incredibly important as it ensures people working in a fast-paced industry are able to keep up with the latest innovations. CPD also helps to ensure that the knowledge these professionals have already gained is kept fresh and relevant. 

For example, building surveyors can use CPD to learn about new building techniques, new regulations and new maintenance processes. This up to date knowledge can then be directly implemented when they are on the job, giving their clients the benefit of their cutting edge know-how and expertise. Render cleaning for example can be particularly specialist and learning more about the suitable maintenance options could help surveyors a great deal!

Completing relevant CPD hours allows professionals to be more effective in the workplace and make a more meaningful contribution to their teams. This can be a big advantage for those who want to excel in their chosen career and become a thought leader in their industry. 

As CPD gives professionals a chance to meet and swap ideas, it is also a great opportunity to advance knowledge and innovation within a particular area. This can lead to improved safety standards, better regulation and more sustainability within an industry, all of which will benefit customers as well as practitioners. 

The importance of CPD should not be underestimated. Without this ongoing training, professionals may struggle to keep their knowledge up to date. This could have an impact on safety standards and prevent these professionals from providing customers with a good service. 

From a customer’s point of view, CPD is important as it ensures the professional services they receive are up to date and relevant. If professionals were not required to complete a set number of CPD hours per year, their knowledge of their industry could soon become obsolete. As it is, regular CPD training helps to keep industry standards high across the board and ensures practitioners do not lag behind or become stagnant in their professional approach. 

Why do surveyors have to complete 20 hours of CPD per year?

According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, members have to complete 20 hours of CPD every year. Of this, at least 10 hours must be formal CPD. The remainder can be informal, but still needs to meet certain standards in order to count towards the total.

Things in the building and construction industry can move fast. New materials, new building techniques and new standards mean that this crucial industry is constantly evolving and innovating. If they did not complete their annual CPD, surveyors could soon be left behind.

By undertaking a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per year, surveyors have the opportunity to refresh their skills and learn about a range of innovations and changes in their industry. This can help them to find new solutions to existing problems and ensure they are able to carry out their job to the highest possible standard.

 The exact CPD a surveyor completes will be up to them. There are various options available around the country, covering a wide range of relevant topics and areas of interest. When deciding which CPD to undertake, it is important surveyors make sure the sessions they choose are formal CPD if they want it to count towards the total. This could be something like our 'how to maintain modern render" CPD.

Learn about our patented rend care system on an upcoming CPD

As we have already seen, CPD allows professionals to learn about new and exciting innovations in their industry. Our patented rend care system is a great example of this. Designed to remove stains and algae from the surface of modern render without the need for scaffolding and heavy machinery, our system enables property owners to clean their buildings effectively and efficiently.

Using superheated steam and specialist biocide treatments, our operatives are able to restore modern render to its original aesthetic condition. As our team work from ropes rather than scaffolding or heavy machinery, this cleaning work can be carried out quickly and efficiently, with minimal disruption to the property owners or the people using the building.

 In order to help surveyors understand the benefits of our system, we’ll be running free CPD around the country. Taking place throughout February and March, these events will give participants the opportunity to learn how our innovative, cost-effective and efficient system can benefit them and their customers.

If you’re interested in joining one of our CPD sessions, or if you’d like to learn more about our system and our services, please explore our site or send us an email at today.

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