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About CPD at UCC

CPD is the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge, skills and competencies, and the development of personal and professional qualities, necessary for the execution of professional duties throughout the practitioners working life.

Types of CPD at UCC

CPD Modules Credit-Bearing (ECTS) 5 or 10 credits

UCC offers stand-alone credit-bearing (ECTS) CPD modules. These modules are normally 5 or 10 credit modules, and can be completed outside of current programme offerings. In some instances, credits awarded for CPD modules may be used as exemptions for certain programmes.  It is important that you check with the programme director/co-ordinator if you wish to undertake a CPD module with a view to using it as an exemption.  See ECTS Transfer of Credits for further information about the European Credit Transfer System.

Credit Bearing CPD Modules (that are part of a programme) You may take up to 15 credits in any year, with a maximum of 20 credits as CPD. As a general rule you may take one module per each Semester, one in Sem I and one in Sem II. Should you wish to continue studying after the 20 credits you may apply to do a full programme.  Should you proceed within the next five years to take a full programme in the area you studied you may be eligible for exemptions from the CPD modules you have taken. On completion of a CPD module a transcript is available outlining the modules taken from SREO :

Credit Bearing CPD Modules (that are not part of a programme i.e. that are standalone modules) CPD modules are stand-alone credits and cannot lead to an award.  On completion of a CPD module a transcript is available outlining the modules taken from SREO : As a general rule you may take one module per each Semester, one in Sem I and one in Sem II.

CPD Offerings - No ECTS Credit Bearing Modules

UCC also offers a wide variety of CPD Offerings no-credit-bearing CPD offerings for professionals. These can be used towards maintenance of CPD hours / CPD points. A number of these CPD Offerings are accredited by professional bodies. If you have any queries about whether a CPD Offering is affiliated to or accredited by a professional body, please contact the Centre for CPD (

Business/Industry Specific

Business and Industry often look to UCC for training and CPD requirements.  UCC has partnered with many professional organisations and industry partners over the last number of years with the goal of providing high-quality, tailored and relevant CPD.  For further information visit the section on Business and Industry Collaboration/Partnership

Establishment of the Centre for CPD

The Centre for CPD at UCC was established in 2016 under the Office of the Vice-President for Teaching and Learning. The main objectives for establishing the Centre are:

  • Provide a shopfront for learners in terms of CPD provision and being able to enquire, apply and pay online
  • Implement policies and processes that support CPD development within the University and provide guidance to developers
  • Develop a strong CPD branding internally and externally to UCC
  • Support the provision of flexible CPD for professionals
  • Enhance industry-academic engagement
  • Monitor the quality of CPD provided by UCC


The Centre for CPD at UCC is governed by a Directorate.

For academic purposes, the CPD Directorate is established as a sub-committee of Academic Development and Standards Committee (ADSC) and will provide academic direction to the Centre for CPD.  The CPD Directorate will ensure that CPD offered by UCC is of high quality and fits the university's brand.

As a sub-committee of ADSC the CPD Directorate shall:

  1. Support the Vice-President for Teaching and Learning in formulating the optimal support for CPD delivery across the University. 
  2. Be responsible for the approval of credit and non-credit bearing CPD courses. 
  3. Advise ADSC on policies relate to CPD.
  4. Consult with relevant University Officers in relation to specific items and issues of potential impact to the University (particularly in relation to resources).
  5. Undertake any other appropriate duties or tasks assigned to it by ADSC or Academic Council from time to time.

Reports to:

  • ADSC on matters concerning delegated authority and is advisory to Academic Council on policy matters within its remit.
  • The Vice President for Teaching and Learning on management issues.

For further information, please refer to the CPD Governance Framework, and CPD Policy and Process Document from which the above is extracted.

Quality Assurance

As per the CPD Policy and Process Document, CPD activities will be reviewed in line with the Quality Promotions Unit Guidelines for Annual Monitoring and Periodic Review.

To ensure a consistent level of quality, all CPD developers will need to complete CPD Proposal Forms and have their proposal reviewed and approved as per the Centre for CPD Policy document.

The Centre for CPD provides a Marketing and Communications approved CPD certificate template which is distributed to learners who have attended or completed CPD on request of the School/ Discipline/ Department/ Unit.

Continuing Professional Development Short Courses

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