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Continuing Professional Development

Effective January 1, 2012 all Associates and Fellows of the Institute, except those who have retired, are required to undertake a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing professional development annually in order to remain members in good standing.  This activity must consist of at least five (5) hours of structured activities; the balance may be unstructured activities.

Effective for the 2013 renewals, each member will be asked to make a declaration that they have met the minimum number of CPD hours required as part of the renewal process. Below is a list of some frequently asked questions and their answers:

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is CPD?

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the maintenance, enhancement and continuous improvement of knowledge, skills and abilities. Undertaking CPD allows you to keep your knowledge and business skills up to date, develop your personal skills, support professional growth and may further your career. The focus of CPD is firmly on results – the benefits that professional development can bring you in the real world.
Mandatory CPD is a commitment to the public to ensure the highest standards in the profession.
 

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Why is ICSA introducing CPD?

As the professional body for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, ICSA has responsibility to set and maintain standards for the profession in addition to supporting you as a Member throughout your career. In order to ensure good standing and professionalism for Chartered Secretaries and to support you in developing the tools you need to grow in line with industry needs, we are introducing mandatory CPD for Members. This will take effect from January 2012.
Demonstrating CPD can assure your employer that you are professionally competent and committed to your own development. It can also provide you with a number of benefits. Members in Public Practice are already required to carry out and record their CPD activities and in most cases, those hours could be applied to your ICSA requirement.
This is a matter of public confidence in the profession.

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What are the benefits of CPD?

You can demonstrate your commitment to ongoing development; proving to current and potential employers that you are serious about your career and about maintaining your knowledge and skills. Keeping a record of your achievements and skills can help build your confidence, credibility and self-esteem.  
You will also be able to demonstrate your ability to cope positively with change by constantly updating your skill set. You should be more productive and efficient by reflecting on your learning and highlighting gaps in your knowledge and experience.
Demonstrating the CPD activities you have undertaken can be a useful tool at appraisals and in helping you to secure a promotion. By regularly reviewing your knowledge, experience and achievements you can develop your career in the direction you would like it to go.

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What is the policy?

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What is the difference between stuctured vs. unstructured activities?

Structured activities include, but are not limited to, attendance at seminars, workshops, symposia, conferences or other events presented by the Institute or by professional groups or with the profession; participation in such events as a speaker, presenter or facilitator; writing an article for the Institute’s magazine or for another periodical or website, where the topic of such article relates to the profession; writing educational materials for courses run by the Institute or for another professional body related to corporate governance, or another educational body in a matter related to governance; and conducting scholarly research on topics related to the profession.

Unstructured activities include, but are not limited to, reading the Institute’s magazine; reading articles in other periodicals related to the profession; serving on Boards of Directors or Committees of the Institute or other organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit); researching relevant professional material on the internet.

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What do I need to record/keep track of?

  • What type of CPD the activity falls into (structured or unstructured)
  • The name of the course or event, if applicable
  • What the activity involved
  • The date/s you completed the activity
  • How many hours you spent on the activity
  • Your feedback/thoughts on the activity – what you learned and how this has helped you/will help you
  • CPD Audit Trail Form - You may use this form to keep track of the CPD you complete throughout the year.

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