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Professional Development Plan Template

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A professional development plan template can be a useful tool for setting down goals, tracking progress towards them, and recording the results. We are offering the findcourses professional development plan template as a supplement to your course search. Here’s how it works:

Step One

Set a career goal. What is the next step in your career? Example: You have lead projects as part of your current role, and you want to become more efficient in this role and move up to a higher level within your company.

Step Two

What skill do you need to learn, or certification do you need to earn to reach this goal? Continuing with our last example, you might want to get the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. The PMP certification is highly respected globally, and is a great way to validate your skills as a project manager.

Professional Development Template

Step Three

Course(s) you need to take in order to reach this goal. We think that most of your goals should be achievable with the help of four or fewer steps, but if you need more, you can always use a second sheet to record them.

In our example, you might want to think about a couple of different courses. The first one might be a two or three day general professional development course to help you assess your skill level as a project manager. After this, if you feel ready, you might sign up for a PMP prep course to get you ready for the exam. Obviously, these steps need not all be courses. The final step in this example should be taking the PMP exam.

Step Four

How will I use this now? The best way to retain and enhance your new knowledge is to start using it immediately and frequently. Any step you take towards meeting your goal should be something you can start using right away, either in your job or your personal life. Think of specific ways your new knowledge can be used, and then execute!

Step Five

How will I keep this relevant? If one of the courses will certify you in something, you should include how often the certification needs to be renewed in this box. Or do you need to follow this course up with a more advanced course?

In our example, the final step will be to take the PMP exam and get certified. In the “How will I keep this relevant” box, you would write down the steps for keeping the certification up to date. In this case it is by earning 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three years.

Professional Development Plan Template

Step Six

Notes/next steps section. An area to write down your thoughts, experiences, and future ideas for development.

Professional Development Plan Template

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Last updated: 11 Apr 2017

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