CPD is simply a means of ensuring that members of a particular profession maintain their expertise by keeping up to date with recent developments. Most professional bodies have formal CPD schemes in place.
As a member of the ATT your conduct is governed by the following fundamental principles:
- Professional competence and due care
- Professional behaviour
Whatever your chosen specialisation in taxation, you must demonstrate your commitment to your continuing duty to maintain your professional knowledge and skill and compliance with ATT CPD Regulations. It is not only in the interests of your own career development to do so, but also for the benefit of the public.
The first step is to consider what you are trying to achieve as a tax adviser and what is expected of you in your current job from your employer, your clients, your professional body, the authorities and the general public. Consider your personal aims, for example: job promotion, job change, improved skills, greater confidence. Then you must consider what you have to learn in order to achieve these aims and identify your own strengths and where you need to improve. You won’t be able to fulfil all your aspirations at once so you must prioritise the action that you plan to take.
Please note that you are required to self-certify your CPD compliance as part of an Annual Return May/June each year. You do not need to make a separate declaration of CPD compliance in January.