English: Continuing professional development (CPD) gains relevance and prominence in a global
society characterised by constant change and a consumer-driven market economy.
Competence, accountability, professionalism and lifelong learning are concepts currently
requiring professionals to improve their expertise continuously. This article reports
on the providers and the provision of CPD within a particular professional field, namely
the natural sciences in higher education. The findings are based on the literature and
a qualitative study conducted in the Faculty of Science at the University of Stellenbosch,
South Africa. This mapping of the provision of CPD will provide an insight into current
practice within the field, which could assist in determining future initiatives.