Daniel Wells, National Consultant Specialist UK & ROI at Spirax Sarco, cuts through the jargon surrounding Continuous Professional Development (CPD) presentations and explains why more consultants and industry bodies should consider investing their time in a bite-sized, educational CPD.
I’ve worked for Spirax Sarco for 4 years but with Spirax Sarco for 8 years prior as a reseller. To-date, I’ve delivered over 800 CPDs to consultants and engineering procurement contractors. Before moving into my current role, I worked as a distributor for Spirax Sarco for eight years – providing me with an in-depth knowledge of the business’ core steam offering.
Put simply, a CPD is a free bite-size presentation delivered in around 60 minutes on a topic relevant to those attending. For instance, we offer “An Introduction to Steam” which is an entry-level presentation that provides an overview of all things steam; this is also one of our most attended CPDs alongside our “Installation, Operation & Maintenance of Steam Systems” presentation. Spirax Sarco is a CPD course provider for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Engineers Ireland.
Our CPDs cover a broad range of topics tailored to those in both the building services and process consultancy sectors. With topics including ‘Steam Boilers’, ‘Carbon Reduction & Energy Efficiencies’, and ‘Condensate Handling & Recovery’, consultants, businesses and collective regional bodies will certainly not be short on matters that they can cover.
Steam is a broad subject and so cannot be covered in just one overall presentation. A CPD provides those attending with manageable pieces of information they can use to bolster their knowledge in a particular area. For example, our ‘The Future of Steam in Building Services’ CPD is ideally suited to consultants in the building services sector and will assist them in understanding how to increase energy efficiencies and reduce CO2 emissions. Those who attend will receive their certificate of attendance which will count towards their points as they work towards chartered status. In just a small amount of time, we’ll work through the presentation and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Time is money for any consultant, so taking time away from a job or the office could send alarm bells ringing. Fortunately, experts can take a CPD over their lunch hour either on-site or at their offices. A ‘Lunch & Learn’ provides a bite-sized approach to topics that consultants need – to maintain chartered status they will need to demonstrate that they have maintained their knowledge. In 60 minutes, Spirax Sarco can help employees and employers to help themselves.
If an attendee still feels unsure of the content or indeed if they wanted to learn more, they could move beyond the presentation and enrol on one of Spirax Sarco’s many training courses. A CPD is not to be taken in place of training, but should be seen as a foundation on which to build.
Spirax Sarco routinely delivers between 25-30 hours of customer-facing CPDs every month. This experience and breadth of CPDs on offer makes us uniquely positioned to deliver first-class education. Don’t just take our word for it, each year we present our CPDs to around 1,920 attendees looking to further their knowledge and advance their careers. To whet your appetite for steam please contact Daniel Wells: Daniel.Wells@uk.spiraxsarco.com
Daniel Wells, National Consultant Specialist UK & ROI
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