Activity 4.4 – Drawing up a Personal Development Plan – pulling it all together


Go to the CIPD website this will take you through the suggested CPD cycle. Scroll down and under the heading Stage 1, you will see a Development Plan Template.

It is not necessary to follow this template; you may prefer to design one of your own.  Some keep horizontal records, others keep vertical ones.  You may also consider keeping it in the form of a blog.  Do share your ideas and thoughts with others on the Discussion Forum.

When drawing up your Personal Development Plan you may wish to follow the GROW coaching model

  • Goals – have clear goals and objectives
  • Realistic – be realistic, don’t set yourself too many goals and choose methods that are relevant to you and your access to resources.  It may be helpful to have a long term goal and break it down
  • Options – consider different development options and sources of support to develop and meet your goals
  • Will do – complete your plan with clear completion and review dates


Assessment Criteria 4.4

Key Points of Reflection

On 7th Aug 2017, I started to pursue my CIPD, I believe I have been able to demonstrate all of the professional areas in Band 1 and 2, now I currently see myself between Band 3 and 4, having made immense progress in Band 3,professionally I have been promoted to Band 4. This provides me with the leverage to interact closely with the stakeholders enabling myself to justify my development options as in activity 4.2 and 4.3.

As explained in Figure A4. 5 – Barriers to CPD along with Strategies, the main areas of concerns that I face are lack of time and Support. With my present transition, my CDP can be completed by goal setting and constant reflective practice, e.g. I believe that completing the CIPD L5 Diploma will be an important step for me to take before the end of December 2019 (Perform and continue to be the backbone of the organization, creating impact in business and adding value for the L&D function).

My major reflections have been recorded in accordance with the literature (Owen & Fletcher, 2017).

First, the development plan has the following sections in a table;

What do I want/need to learn?

What will I do to achieve this?

What resources or support will I need?

What will my success criteria be?

Target dates for review and completion?

Additionally, a CPD Reflective log is provided which is comprised of the following parts;

Key dates

What did you do?


What did you learn from this?

How have/will you use this?Any further action?

The last part is My Plan for CPD-Continous Professional Development. L&D Method adopted to measure my CPD through the APM Process 12 Step Process in Project Management as created by Mr. Chris Croft (Croft, 2013)……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Please contact us to receive this assessment criteria in full in tubular forms. All the tables would be provided to you with a point by point guidance on how to fill them based on the contents noted above

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