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Does any one have tools/tips on course design/innovation for CPD?


I am currently researching material for a MA in Marketing dissertation at Middlesex University Business School, where I am a student.

The dissertation seeks to cover the development of a CPD programme for solicitors, their continuing training needs/requirements and course design (ie. product innovation and design). I will be carrying out some primary research, but have not got to the design stage yet.

I was wondering if you could send me any research (or articles written) that you have carried out in this area or employment sectors in general or any information on course design/innovation.

Please email me at (I can accept attachments):
Bernice Rubenstein
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Bernice Rubenstein

5 Responses

  1. It’s out there, somewhere.
    There is an excellent white paper available at which looks at the whole issue of e-learning generally. Very comprehensive with lots of references.

    As for the legal sector, I am not aware of much research although some firms are already providing online training such as, or for tax stuff. To keep up to date with the profession online try

    Otherwise try some of the training companies, the Inns of Court School of Law ( for example.

  2. CPD programmes for Engineering profession
    Hi Bernice,
    I dont know much about the requirmeents of CPD for solicitors but there are a number of CPD initiaitives from which you can draw experience; the ones I know of are championed by theprfoessional Engineering Institutions.
    The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) operated a pilot which ran from 1994 to 1999. It was based on assessing training activity on Continuing Development points (CPUs) for which there was a computation depending on the amount of effort undertaken in the development activity.
    This scheme has been superseded this year by a different scheme details of which you iwll find on the IEE web site.
    The revised apporach is based on Mentors, training for which is only now getting under way.
    Objectives are purely personal.
    The Institute of Chartered Accountants run a scheme adoption of which is mandatory for Accountants practicnig in the public domain.
    I have been following the IEE scheme since its outset and have presented personal opinions / experiences to IQA meetings.
    I am now trained as an IEE mentor.
    If you would like a contribution from me please ask.
    I’ll do what I can.


  3. Try ICPD

    You might also want to contact the Institute of Continuing Professional Development at

    We run their website for them, but contact details are available off that site.


  4. I am sure I can help

    For the past thirteen and a half years I have kept a learning log, recording my everyday learning.

    As a result, I have worked with many professional bodies in support of lifelong learning and CPD issues.

    You will find plenty of my stuff within the toolkit section of this site.

    I am off for two weeks now, but email me on return, and I will be pleased to help.

    As a passing shot, the only CPD schemes that work well are output/learning application oriented, not ‘I sat on a chair for four hours…can I have my points please?’ schemes.

    Take a look at my 100 things I have learned about learning in the toolkit for a flavour of the demands on the ‘active learner’ to make CPD a real success.

    All for now.

    Good luck.


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