Professionals all across the globe are constantly trying to keep up with an ever-expanding skill set required to be able to do their job effectively. Similarly, businesses and organizations are training and re-training their staff in order to remain competitive and productive.

Continuing Professional Education/Development (CPE/CPD)

Continuing Professional Education (CPE), also referred to as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), is an annual learning requirement by Professional Societies and Associations for their members to continue to develop as professionals through ongoing education. Professionals are typically required to complete and report a specific number of hours of CPE/CPD every year.

We partner with Professional Associations around the world to ensure that we are working in harmony with their goals and standards of excellence in providing quality education for their members.

General FAQ

What is the Difference Between CPE & CPD?

CPE and CPD acronyms stand for continuing professional education and continuing professional development, respectively. While these are sometimes used for similar educational programs and are closely related, their definition and use are slightly different.

CPE generally refers to professional education for employees who are required to keep up with current knowledge in their fields and re-certify their licenses e.g. in Accounting.

CPD refers to changing professional standards, knowledge and increasing one’s work-related capabilities and can be relevant to most industries e.g. in Education.

What is CPE (Continuing Professional Education)?

CPE stands for ‘Continuing Professional Education’ and is a framework for the acquisition of knowledge and skills in a professional context. CPE training helps professionals become more knowledgeable in their careers and offers them the opportunity to keep up-to-date with the current practices in their field, filling the gaps in their knowledge and enabling them to move on to the next level.

To achieve this, professionals are usually required to either attend a series of seminars, complete a course, or carry out some field-specific work to complete their CPE hours and get the credits they need to be able to practice their profession.

The most popular industry that requires CPE training is Accounting, Auditing, and Finance and it is commonly provided by CPA organizations.

What are CPE credits?

CPE credits are the credits they earn from successfully completing a CPE program. In most cases, 1 credit corresponds to 50 minutes of training, which can be delivered through video, a certain amount of text documentation, presentations, live teaching, or combinations of the above. In most cases, a final exam is required to ascertain that the professional has successfully acquired the necessary skills.

These credits help to measure the knowledge that a professional needs to accumulate, in terms of work-related learning activities. The number of credits that a certain professional needs to earn varies and is determined by different governmental, state or professional bodies and associations (read below for more information on how a course gets accredited).

What Are the Types of Courses that Can Be Accredited?

Some fields of study are more demanding than others and require that professionals undergo regular training and gain additional experience to keep up with the demands of the industry.

Through their CPE/CPD training, professionals can develop their technical skills (job-related) or non-technical skills (soft) skills.

These may include the following:
- Accounting
- Auditing
- Behavioral Ethics
- Business Law
- Business Management and Organization
- Computer Software and Applications
- Economics
- FinanceLaw
- Information Technology
- Management Services
- Personal Development
- Personnel/Human Resources
- Production
- Regulatory Ethics
- Statistics

How to become CPE certified?

Professionals who want to become CPE certified, need to renew their CPE credits every year or within the span of three years (depending on the certification cycle period), in order to maintain their certification, license or membership with a professional body.

Training programs that include the following activities can offer CPE credits:
- Educational courses or seminars (in-person or online)
- Conferences (Face-to-face or distant – telephone)
- Active membership to an association chapter
- Presentations
- Security training
- Publishing security articles or books
- Volunteer work
- Training seminars or classroom material
- Self-study

Having these in mind, every online instructor needs to ensure that their teaching delivery method follows the high-quality continuing education standards and meets the CPE requirements.

What is Accreditation and Why is it Important for Online Courses?

Accreditation is the process of external quality review that is carried out by an authority on the subject, such as a governmental, semi-governmental or professional association and union, which can operate at a local, state, national or even global level.

In simple terms, it is a system of recognition and quality assurance for institutions and programs. So when a course becomes accredited it means that it gets checked by the certifying body and is awarded a certain number of CPE credits.

Accumulation of credits can be used for renewing a professional license or achieving a new professional certification and count towards promotions in certain organizations. The training related to the credits has to be accredited and be compliant under an authority that certifies organizations to provide such training.

Accreditation offers an additional asset to working professionals but also to students, employers, and course creators.

Why Accreditations is Important to (students , employers & course creators )

For students
As an online instructor, your job is to provide the necessary learning material that will give them the knowledge and experience they need to move forward. In a way, accreditation becomes a career enhancement tool that offers your students the right equipment to do great in their professional lives.

For employers
A CPE course may prove to be very beneficial to employers, who then may consider investing in your students’ professional development training and regarding it as an employee benefit. If that’s the case, they may pay for the entire CPE course, or they may pay a portion. CPE courses can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a thousand dollars/pounds, depending on the subject.

For course creators
Obviously, you don’t have to gain formal accreditation for your online courses because this isn’t necessary, but with it, they will have a much stronger appeal. Getting your courses accredited means that you have to jump through some hoops but it is feasible. It helps you differentiate your courses – and to extend your whole school – from the competition. Also, it gives you a reason to add a premium price tag to it.

Why Droub Programs is Best for Online CPE/CPD Training

Droub LMS System is suitable for experienced trainers who don’t need to possess any technical expertise to set up or maintain it. Using our platform, you can easily create Instructor account, upload your material and start selling online training.

Time Attendance Tracking
Examinations
Assignments with Feedback
Built-in community
Sequential Navigation
Certs Issuing Capabilities
Using the Gradebook
Interactive Video (H5P)
Completion Requirements
Instructor Interactions
SCORM compliant

APPROVAL BY CERTIFICATION BODIES

Our courses, Programs & Boot-camp meet the strictest standards for self-study CPD/CPE courses. These professional bodies oversee the quality and educational value of self-study courses, so you can be assured that you will receive a high-quality educational experience.

The type of continuing education provided and how it is conducted usually determines the number of CPE credits that are awarded. CPE includes programs such as training workshops, conferences, in-person and online classes as well as webinars. Serving on industry boards, self-study, submitting an article in the field, and volunteer work (such as mentoring a student) may also help professionals rack up CPE credits. To get CPE credits toward the (ISC)2 qualification, for example, professionals might do some combination of this as well as gain points for getting an MBA or inviting an industry professional to speak at an event.

In some IT fields, professionals can accumulate CPE credits by taking online quizzes. For example, according to Information Security magazine, security pros can take quizzes in a variety of information security fields, including identity and access management

SAMPLE OF CPE REQUIREMENTS

CPE credit requirements vary by certification. For example, IT pros with ISACA certifications, such as CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC, are required to obtain 120 CPE credits every three years, with a minimum of 20 per year. As an IT governance association, ISACA organizes conferences, seminars, workshops, chapter programs or meetings for professionals to earn CPE units. ISACA also accepts CPE courses or activities conducted by other organizations. CPE training is organized at certain companies, online CPE training is conducted by an education provider or attendance at workshops will earn participants CPE credits to renew their ISACA certification.

On the other hand, (ISC)2 certification requires that professionals renew it every three years so that cybersecurity or IT security professionals can keep themselves up to date. To do this, individuals must continue their professional education.

(ISC)2 classifies CPE credits in two levels.

Group A CPE credits include:

  • Reading a magazine, book or white paper.
  • Publishing a book, white paper or article.
  • Attending a conference.
  • Taking an educational course, seminar or presentation, preparing for a presentation or teaching information related to information security.
  • Performing a unique work-related project that is not a part of an individual’s normal duties.
  • Self-study related to research for a project, preparing for a certification examination.
  • Volunteering for government agencies, the public sector and other charitable organizations.
  • Taking a higher academic course.

Group B credits include:

  • Attending a conference, educational course, seminar or presentation.
  • Preparing for a presentation or teaching information related to professional development.
  • Self-study related to research for a project or preparing for a certification examination; and taking a higher academic course.

Some certifications are more difficult than others. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification  which covers multiple aspects of information security like security and risk management, IAM and security operations — could take months or years to achieve.

Certification can be expensive, although the cost varies. Some employers pay for CPE credits. Additionally, organizations may also provide some coverage for the cost of classes. For instance, the SANS Institute’s GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification) program, which is focused on a standards-based approach to training security professionals, offers a work-study program that provides teaching credits that can be redeemed for a reduced rate on classes.

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ALBRZA DROUB CERTIFICATES & ACCREDITATION

We value all your time and effort, and therefore you will receive an internationally accepted certificate of attendance, which can be used with some credits that require CPEs to support your journey in continuing professional education, and maintain your professional certifications from some international bodies, such as

PMP, ISACA and (ICS) 2,

and more than other 150 International Organizations.

The certificate is granted upon completion of the course, and the evaluation of the course, it will be available under your account through the ALBRZA platform, on the following link and you can use it at any time:

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Domain related activities, such as:

  • Take a self-paced, blended, or instructor-led online course
  • Read a magazine, book or white paper
  • Publish a book, white paper or article
  • Attending a conference (in person or virtual), tutorial, seminar or presentation
  • Preparing to present or teach information related to information security.
  • Performing a unique work-related project is not part of your normal job duties
  • Self-study related to researching a project or preparing for a certification exam
  • Volunteer work for government, public sector and other charitable organizations
  • Take a higher education course
  • Teaching / Lecture / Presentation
  • Routing
  • Industry-wide recognition of your skills and experience,
  • Connecting professionals, mentoring and global resources,
  • Excellence among professionals, job opportunities and promotions,
  • Access to a variety of research, expert guidance, industry knowledge, and continuing education.

Anyone who has attended at least 80% of our conference activities or paid courses, given chat sessions, or completed a course, program or webinar delivered by an expert on the platform, can earn a CPE certification with some credits Depends on the activity of the self.

  • Register and login to your account on ALBRZA platform,
  • Attend or join published activities
  • Complete the minimum requirements as stated,
  • send your feedback,
  • Submit your application form about how you would like to have your name on the certificate, the language of the certificate,
  • Once our systems have validated all the information, it will automatically generate your certificate
  • After you get your CPEs, you can:
  • Submit it to the international bodies that request it,
  • Share your certificate with your employer for verification only, get a promotion,
  • Share it with your social network in Linkedin and others,
  • Add it to your CV

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