Continued learning opportunities
Learning and development is an active, continuous process. It's a journey that never ends. And one that is shaped by experiences and learning opportunities gathered anywhere, anytime.
To support your journey, The FA provides a range of learning opportunities for you to engage with. From events in your region to online resources to in situ mentoring, you can access the development support that will make the biggest impact to you and your role.
Bedfordshire FA organise CPD events for local coaches and FA licensed coaches looking to further their knowledge and development in coaching.
What is Continued Professional Development, or CPD?
CPD refers to a practical or online learning opportunity – such as face-to-face workshops, online courses and webinars – that are delivered outside of our formal qualification pathways.
Recognised providers of CPD are: The FA, PFA, LMA, Premier League or Football League and those run by Scotland FA, Wales FA, Football Association of Ireland, and the Irish FA.
Why is it important?
Coaching, as both a vocation and a profession, never stands still. It’s always evolving and always seeking out the newest innovations, emerging trends and latest best practice.
This is where CPD comes in. These events are not only crucial in exposing you as a coach to up-to-date thinking and methods, but they’ll also give you the skills needed to create and sustain modern learning environments for your players.
CPD and The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club
For FA Licensed Coaches’ Club members, CPD is a core requirement for staying licensed each season (1 August – 31 July).
The number of CPD hours to be completed, however, is dependent on coaching level – for Level 1 coaches it is three hours per season, while for Level 2-5 coaches it is five hours.
These are recommended minimum hours of CPD and every member is strongly urged to look beyond these to further enhance their learning journeys.
CPD and what it means for Levels 3-5 coaches
UEFA requires coaches with a UEFA accredited qualification to complete a minimum of 15 hours of CPD over three years to maintain their licence.
For any L3-5 coach who is also FA Licensed, the five hours needed each season to maintain their FA Licensed Coaches’ Club licence automatically contributes to their UEFA requirement.
CPD opportunities this season
The 2017/18 CPD programme is in the final stages of being finalised ahead of a launch later this year. When released, it will provide a comprehensive list of activities and events taking place up and down the country throughout the season. Level 1 and 2 coaches can complete their CPD through events run by local County FAs.
In the meantime, we do have a series of free online CPD courses that you can take advantage of.
The CPD events will cover a variety of topics conveyed through a practical element and presentations delivered by The FA Skills team, FA County Coach Developer and Regional Coach Development staff.
Bespoke Club CPD
We are now looking to make our CPD events more accessible and provide opportunities county wide.
If clubs wish to host CPD events please contact Support@BedfordshireFA.com. Please note that FA Coach Mentors can accredit CPD hours for these events.
Absolutely. The FA runs events all over the country and for all levels. To explore events please visit our national CPD events page here.
If you're an FA Level 1 or 2 learner, continuous professional development hours are optional and so there is no longer a requirement for licensing .
If you're a UEFA qualified coach, however, you are required to complete 15 hours of CPD every three years to maintain your licence, which The FA recommends is best achieved by completing 5 hours per season