The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) was founded in 1997 as a South African Medical Association (SAMA) department. FPD was registered in year 2000 as a separate legal entity.
FPD takes pride in being among the few private higher educational institutions that are fully engaged in the scholarships of higher education, namely: community engagement, research, and teaching and learning.
FPD offers a comprehensive range of qualifications and courses in management and professional development that are tailored to match the needs of students in a range of courses, including education, health and management. They offer educational products through in-house courses, short courses, conferences, and formal qualifications. These are provided through online platforms and models that let students combine classroom teaching and self-study.