CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
GUIDELINE SUMMARY FOR APEGGA MEMBERS
DETAILS OF THE PROGRAM
The Continuing Professional Development Guideline was mailed to each professional July 24, 1997. It outlines program categories, activities, levels of effort required and documentation.
Program implementation commenced September 1997 with professional members receiving a Continuing Professional Development Questionnaire with their annual dues invoice. The Questionnaire asks members to report:
- practicing status (practicing or non-practicing)
- industries of practice (codes listed on reverse of Questionnaire); and
- areas of specialization (codes listed on reverse of Questionnaire)
Commencing September 1998, practicing professional members are required to submit Professional Development hours for the previous 12 month period.
PRACTICING AND NON-PRACTICING MEMBERS
To understand the extent of your professional obligations, you must first determine whether you are a practicing or non-practicing member, based on your current professional duties and responsibilities. Professional members who are active technically or still influence the practice of the professions of engineering or geology or geophysics will be encouraged to declare themselves as practicing, and undertake a continuing professional development program.
Members who formally declare themselves as non-practicing remain bound by the Act, Regulations, Bylaws and Code of Ethics, but must not undertake any engineering, geological or geophysical work for which they assume professional responsibility. Non-practicing members may opt out of the Continuing Professional Development Program by providing notification in writing to the Association.
PLANNING YOUR PROGRAM
The guideline provides steps to follow in carrying out your personal assessment of where you are and how to get to where you want to be. It will assist you in determining your level of responsibility and your current state of knowledge, abilities and skills. It will also assist you in planning for the future, identifying skills and knowledge you need to acquire.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY CATEGORIES AND LEVELS OF EFFORT
The chart below is a brief summary of the six categories of professional development activities described in the Guideline. Additional examples are included in the Guideline.
Category Examples PDHs/Activity Hour Max./Year Professional Practice Active professional practice as engineer, geologist or geophysicist 1PDH/ 15hours PP 50 Formal Activity Courses at/from universities, industry, employer, technical societies 1PDH/hour
30 Informal Activity Self-directed study,
1PDH/hour 30 Participation Mentor to a MIT, service on public bodies, technical committees, community service (non-technical) 1PDH/hour 20* Presentations (outside normal job functions) Technical or professional presentations at a Conference or meeting 1PDH/hour 20
Contributions to Knowledge (outside normal job functions)
Codes and standards development patents
publications of peer-reviewed paper
publication of non-peer reviewed article
reviewing articles for publication
editing papers for publication
15 PDH/patent registered
15 PDH/published paper
10 PDH/article to max. of 10 PDH/year
1 PDH/hour to max. of 10 PDH/year
* maximum 10/year for non-technical community service
LEVELS OF EFFORT
- 240 PDHs over three years
- activities in three of the six categories per year
- 80 PDHs per year recommended
- 180 PDHs per year possible
- 3-year rolling total, 2-year carryover for unclaimed PDHs
- reductions for special considerations (members who are unemployed, full-time students or on medical leave may apply in writing to have their requirements reduced.)
The Continuing Professional Development program requires Professional Members to annually report Professional Development Hours. The report form is included with your annual dues invoice. Your PD Plan and a more detailed record of your activities must be retained by yourself should APEGGA conduct a review.
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