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Continuing Professional Development Program Requirements

 

Introduction

 

 
When an individual becomes a professional member of the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA) they undertake to keep professional skills current by committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

CPD is a commitment to being professional, keeping up to date and continuously seeking to improve.  It is the key to optimising career opportunities, both today and into the future.  

RCSA supports the key principles of CPD which are:

  • professional development is a continual process that applies throughout a professional’s working life;
  • individuals are responsible for controlling, managing and recording their own development;
  • individuals should decide for themselves their learning needs and how to fulfil them;
  • learning is most effective when it is acknowledged as an integral part of all work activity rather than an additional burden;
  • CPD should be comprised of a balanced mix of activities which should include professional work based activities, courses/seminars/conferences and self-directed/informal learning.

 

CPD can assist RCSA professional members to:

  • enhance their credibility as a Recruitment Professional;
  • accelerate their career prospects;
  • negotiate better salaries and benefits;
  • attain enhanced job satisfaction;
  • showcase their achievements.

 

RCSA CPD Requirements

 

 
The RCSA CPD program requires individual members to complete 25 CPE points (roughly 25 hours) every 12 months to maintain their professional membership status. 

Key elements of the RCSA program are as follows:

  • members must complete 25 hours of CPD every 12 months;
  • all activities directed at ensuring an individual remains competent and skilled are valid forms of CPD;
  • individuals are responsible for planning and recording their CPD;
  • a proportion of the member base will be audited every year for compliance with the CPD requirements;
  • on renewing individual membership, RCSA members are confirming compliance with the requirement to complete 25 CPD points over the previous 12 months.

 

RCSA CPD Program – Core Elements (Balance & Record)


The most important elements of the RCSA CPD program are “balance and record” together with the recognition that CPD is an ongoing and permanent activity of reflection and development.
 

 

Balance

 

CPD should be comprised of a balanced mix of activities which should include professional work based activities, courses/seminars/conferences and self-directed/informal learning.

Generally, CPD hours are calculated at a rate of 1 hour of activity being equal to 1 hour of CPD. All CPD contributes to the 25 points, however, there are restrictions to the total claimable hours by some activity types.   

The RCSA CPD program recognises 6 learning activity types:

    1. Formal Education

    2. Learning Activities

    3. Conferences/Seminars

    4. Presentations of Papers

    5. Service to the Profession

    6. Informal Learning

 

    1. Formal Education

Formal education is learning which is undertaken in pursuit of a formal award or accreditation.  For example: RCSA education programs such as the Certificate in Recruitment and Selection or the Certificate in OHS Risk Management, and other related disciplines offered by accredited universities and TAFEs. The student must pass in order to claim CPD hours.

Such activities include formal classroom sessions, distance education (including online delivery) and short-courses. They may be external to employment or conducted in-house. They will always include time spent in preparation and follow-up, either through lectures or self study activities and will always involve some form of assessment.

Calculating CPD - CPD hours can include the actual lectures attended and/or research undertaken. For distance learning, the simplest approach is to estimate the equivalent number hours of formal face-to-face education that would have been involved if this mode had been taken.  The table below provides some examples of formal education activities and points calculation.

 Formal Education
 
 CPD Points Guide
 University Grad/Post Grad   20-50
 RCSA Diploma in HR (Monash) – Completed Course   25
 RCSA Entry Level Program   25
 RCSA Certificate In Recruitment & Selection   25
 RCSA Certificate IV Modules (NMIT & LearnR)   5 points per module
 OHS Risk Management   20

 

    2. Learning Activities

 
This area covers recognised and structured training which is not part of a formal award or accreditation process and generally does not involve structured assessment.

Learning activities can include:

    • Non-assessed courses offered by education and learning institutions, professional bodies and employers (delivered face to face, distance and online);
    • Attendance at professional Recruitment training events such as non-assessed RCSA education programs and webinars;
    • Non-assessed professional training organised through the course of employment;
    • RCSA Code for Professional Conduct training.

 

Calculating CPD - CPD hours are generally calculated on the basis of number of hours attended and excludes meal breaks. The table below provides some examples of formal education activities and points calculation.

 Learning Activities
 CPD Points Guide
 RCSA Code for Professional Conduct (to be completed annually)   5
 Training including in-house training   1 point per hour
 ½ day training   4
 Full day training   8
 RCSA / Other WebinR’s   1 point per hour
 In-house training (as a facilitator)   1 point per hour
 In-house training (facilitator – research & preparation)   1 point per hour
 Distance Learning including on-line delivery   1 point per hour
 RCSA approved in-house training Introduction
  to Recruitment and Academy Programs 
 25

  

3. Conferences/Seminars

Attending conferences and seminars can be claimed as CPD provided that the content relates to the individual’s professional development needs; for example the RCSA Annual Conference.

Calculating CPD - CPD hours are generally calculated on the basis of number of hours attending formal presentations and excludes meal breaks, social events and traveling. The table below provides some examples of formal education activities and points calculation.

 Conferences/Seminars
 
 CPD Points Guide
 RCSA International conference
 (points allocated by RCSA – may vary by year)
 
 25
 Client / Industry Conference (8 points per day of conference)  8
 RCSA Industry Breakfast / Client Breakfast with speaker  2
 Client / Industry Lunch (with speaker)  2
 Cocktail Party / Networking (with speaker)  1
 ANRA / AMRANZ Dinner  3
 ANRA / AMRANZ Meeting   8

 

   4. Presentation of Papers

CPD hours can be claimed for preparation and presentation of conference, symposia and seminar papers which are conducted beyond normal employment. For this to be considered CPD, it must extend knowledge of the individual member. 

Calculating CPD - CPD hours are generally calculated on the basis of number of hours required in preparing and presenting the presentation. The table below provides some examples of formal education activities and points calculation.


 Presentation of Papers
 
 CPD Points Guide
 
 Formal presentation of  conference, symposia and seminar papers - 1 point per hour up to a maximum of 4 points per activity   4
 Research & preparation for formal presentation of conference, symposia and seminar papers - 1 point per hour up to a maximum of 4 points per activity   3

 

   5. Service to the Profession

Service to the profession is a valid form of CPD particularly where it extends the continuing professional development of the person contributing.

With RCSA this may include being:

    • An RCSA Council or committee member;
    • A mentor through a formal mentor program;
    • Writing articles for business magazines or journals.


Calculating CPD - CPD hours are calculated on the basis of the number of hours of actual involvement. The table below provides some examples of formal education activities and points calculation.

Services to the Profession
CPE Points Guide
 
Committee Meetings  2 (per meeting)
Council Meetings  2 (per meeting)
Coaching - Providing Coaching on a weekly and ongoing and formal basis   1 per hour of coaching
Coaching – Receiving Coaching on an ongoing and formal basis (e.g. Business Coaching)   1 per hour of coaching
Member and Accreditation – AHRI, AICD, AIM, ITCRA and other Associations where accreditation is required  20 points (one off on joining)
Membership of Other Association/Organisation   5 points annual
Writing articles for business magazines and journals  5 points per article
RCSA Surveys   2 points per survey

 

   6. Informal Learning

There is considerable scope for informal learning away from the work environment.  Books, journals, newspapers, television and radio programs provide a wealth of professional development material; for example the RCSA Journal, Shortlist and Recruiter Daily.

Calculating CPD - CPD hours are calculated on the basis of the number of hours of actual involvement.  A limit of 6 points of your total CPD in any 12 months is allowable. 

 

Recording CPD

 
The maintenance of CPD records is fundamental to RCSA's CPD policy.

Successful CPD requires the RCSA member to keep a record of achievements and activities undertaken, together with respective outcomes. 

Individual approaches to record keeping are understood and supported with the key being that individuals record all the professional development undertaken. 

Whether records are maintained online or paper based is an individual member choice.

RCSA does record automatically all RCSA provided CPD which requires completion of a registration form. The RCSA is working on an online member only recording system which will allow RCSA members to also self-enter non-RCSA completed CPD.

 

Providing Evidence of CPD

 

 
A sample of the membership database will be audited annually for CPD. When asked to supply evidence of CPD members will be required to supply records for the past 12 months supported by evidence.There is considerable flexibility where sources of evidence of CPD are concerned. They can include copies of formal qualifications, attendance statements, copies of articles written, presentations given, payment receipts from conferences. The rule is that the source must be objective and serviceable.
 



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