August 11, 2019

Why You Need to Know About CPD

In many industries, including building and construction, Continuing Professional Development (CDP) has become a key element of career development. 

The workplace is constantly evolving. Whether you’re an employee or an employer, it’s important to stay ahead of the game—otherwise you risk falling behind.

Let’s dig a little deeper into the benefits of Continuing Professional Development, why it’s important, and some of the building and construction courses you can take to keep your career on track.

What is CPD and why does it matter?

In a nutshell, Continuing Professional Development is about gaining the extra skills, knowledge and experience you need to keep up with changes in the building and construction industry.

Due to advances in technology, changes in regulation and increasing specialisation, CPD has become compulsory in many industries. For those in states such as NSW and Tasmania, if you work in the building and construction industry then CPD is something you have to complete.

While it’s mandatory in some states, CPD in construction is fast becoming the norm for many tradespeople wanting to get to the next level in their careers, and employers hoping to meet their business goals.

If you’re new to the idea of CPD, the best place to start is with your state-based or territory-based regulator. CPD requirements differ depending on where you live, what kind of trade you’re in and what stage of your career you’re at.

From here, you’ll need to look into CPD courses with accredited providers, such as CWBTS. To help make things easier for you, all of our CDP building courses are available online.

The benefits for workers

If you want to remain employable in this industry, undertaking CPD courses is a smart move. Here are a few of the main benefits:

  • Your professional qualifications and registrations remain intact
  • You can get a competitive edge over other jobseekers
  • It can help with career progression and advancement
  • Your credibility and confidence will be boosted
  • It can help you adapt to a constantly evolving workplace.

In the past, one professional qualification was all you needed to have a long and successful career. These days, thanks to developments in technology an regulations, tradies are expected to complete a number of qualifications throughout their working life. If you want to find success, you need to realise the importance of lifelong learning.

The benefits for employers

When it comes to employers and businesses, CPD in construction offers a huge number of benefits. Some example of these benefits are: 

  • Ensuring standards across companies are consistently high
  • Help employers meet their business goals
  • Encourage greater employee engagement and productivity
  • Foster a supportive environment
  • Maximise staff potential
  • Boost staff retention and inspire commitment
  • Improve company culture.

Across the industry, CPD also has a number of other benefits; from lowering defects and risk, to increasing consumer confidence, lowering insurance premiums and ensuring qualifications are kept current.

What CPD building and construction courses are there?

At CWBTS, we’re committed to providing you with top-notch CPD courses. We believe CPD is important to workers, employers and the industry, which is why we offer a number of courses online across a range of areas.

Our main areas include:

  • National Construction Code (NCC)
  • Health and Safety
  • Commercial
  • Legal
  • Company Administration
  • Technical

Whether you need to understand basic contract law, changes in the NCC, or how to run a small business, we’ve got a course for you. We’re here to make sure workers and employers are up to speed, and the industry constantly maintains and improves its standards.

Our building courses online are simple, user-friendly and affordable. We understand that traditional classroom learning isn’t an option for everyone, and these courses mean you don’t have to take time off work or change your lifestyle. 

Importantly, we see CPD as more than just a ‘box-ticking’ exercise. We see it as a smart and effective way to stay ahead of the game—and all our courses reflect this.

Need to know more?

In short, the benefits of Continuing Professional Development are great, and the initiative is becoming necessary for those in the construction industry. CPD helps to maintain skills and knowledge, while also taking your career to the next level. For employers, it is an easy way to ensure top quality for customers and keep employees happy. 

In so many ways, CPD is a win-win. If you would like to know more about our CPD courses, how to enrol and the best bundles that will suit you or your employees, check out our available CPD courses here.

If you have questions about Continuing Professional Development in general, how CPD in construction works, or about any of our other building courses online, get in touch today—we’ll be happy to walk you through the details.

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