Professional bodies and continuing professional education
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- Publisher: Routledge
This chapter focuses on the role of professional bodies in relation to continuing professional development (CPD) in two different professional spheres - further education and legal services. Similarities and differences between these two areas, and in particular the approaches to continuing professional development, are highlighted. The chapter concludes by identifying commonalities and differences in the trajectories, circumstances and regimes of the professions. We consider whether there are key features of CPD that should be common to all professions or whether models of CPD are contingent and dependent on circumstances. We propose a model that covers emerging factors in the conception of CPD. We argue that these findings have applicability to professions and their professional bodies more widely, as well as employers of professionals.
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