Continuing Professional Education

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Post-graduate education (or graduate education in North America) involves learning and studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor's degree generally is required, and is normally considered to be part of higher education. In North America, this level is generally referred to as graduate school.

A seminar is a presentation on a topic covering some facet of knowledge or skill. Seminars tend to be a blend of lecture and discussion. The program can be public or private and the presentation is often organized into modules. The speaker's goal is to impart knowledge of the topic, and he or she typically uses a combination of lecture, visual aids, interaction with participants, and exercises to get the job done. Due to the emphasis on theory and the imparting of information, a seminar is typically no more than half a day (three hours). A workshop is similar to a seminar but with a greater degree of attendee participation, interaction, and hands-on exercises, is usually a full day (six hours) where participants learn and practice the knowledge and skills that is the workshop's focus.

A seminar is, generally, a form of academic instruction, either at an academic institution or offered by a commercial or professional organization. It has the function of bringing together small groups for recurring meetings, focusing each time on some particular subject, in which everyone present is requested to actively participate. 

Informal CPD involves activities you can undertake yourself, including experiential and workplace learning, reading and research. It may be difficult for a third party to evidence this type of CPD so you will need to keep your own records. Some examples of these activities are shown in the table below.

Formal CPD involves participating in organised activities such as courses, seminars, workshops, updates, conferences and panel/group meetings that have appropriate content for Chartered Secretaries and where attendance...
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