Networking is key to any successful professional career. Building a solid network of colleagues and industry professionals can help you find new opportunities, get advice, and learn from others in your field.

One way to build your professional network is through continuing professional education (CPE) courses and events. These events can be an excellent opportunity to learn new skills, meet other professionals, and make connections that can help you advance your career.

Here are some tips for building your professional network through CPE courses and events:

1. Attend as many CPE events as possible.

Attending more events will allow you to meet new people and build relationships. Try to join events in different locations to meet professionals from all over the country (or even the world). 

Many CPE courses and events will offer networking events that allow participants to get together outside formal session times and interact more informally over food and drinks. It is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded professionals, learn about new industry trends, and build relationships with other professionals in your field.

2. Get involved in the event.

Volunteer to help with the CPE event by working registration desks, welcoming attendees at the door, or helping keep track of any required attendance records throughout the day. Not only will you get exposure to other participants involved in the event. But you’ll also learn more about the specific course topic and acquire valuable skills in your career.

3. Make a good impression.

Be friendly and respectful to everyone you meet. Remember, you never know who might be able to help you in the future. Talking can be as simple as conversing with people in the registration line, sitting next to someone during lunch, or engaging with other participants during breaks between sessions.

By talking and getting to know other attendees, you can build relationships that could become professional connections.

4. Follow up with people you meet.

After an event, follow up with the people you met by email or LinkedIn. It will help keep the relationship going and could lead to future opportunities. 

You can also invite them to connect with you on social media. Whatever method you choose, be sure to include a personal message. It will help you to stay on top of mind of who you’ve met.

5. Stay connected with other professionals online.

In addition to attending events, try to stay connected with other professionals online. Join LinkedIn or Twitter groups and participate in discussions relevant to your field. Doing this will help you stay informed about what’s happening in your industry and allow you to connect with more professionals.

Building a robust professional network through CPE courses and events can open many doors for your career and help you reach your professional goals.​