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Personal Development Records 


Personal Development Records (PDR’s) are a single point of entry for recording training, competent performance, workplace activities and assessments as well as future development. The system we use for our operational personnel is a web based Personal Development Recording system called PDRpro©.

It has been designed as a hierarchal–based system focusing on the National Occupational Standards used within the Fire and Rescue Service. Currently being used or trialled by over 60% of the UK Fire and Rescue Services, this system is continually being reviewed and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's Competence & Development team are providing specific development input to the host company MDC.

  • Each user has a unique login and password to enable authorised access.
  • System is web hosted enabling users to access the system from Fire Service PC’s as well as via internet enabled home computers. (Particularly beneficial for Retained Duty Personnel, who only have a limited number of hours at which they attend Fire stations for training).
  • System provides a ‘service-long’ personal development record (from initial data entry), which is suitable for use as a paperless NVQ portfolio.
  • Can accommodate all fire sector operational standards.
  • Records all learning, development and maintenance activities.
  • Allows at a glance overview, showing where competence is held and where skills gaps may exist.
  • Quality assurance: allows Internal Verifiers (IV’s) and external verifiers (EV’s) to ascertain and manage the quality of assessments and records.
  • Reports: a menu driven selection of user definable management reports - ad hoc reports can be created, if required.
  • Ability to upload documents, to enable the support and confirmation of evidence submitted.
  • Available for use 24 hours a day, by fire service personnel across over 18 sites without a need for a paper record.
  • Development reviews / assessment plans can be accommodated within this system.
  • Allows staff to gain evidence for a progressive role when taking on a higher role in a temporary capacity.