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How to Define and Report CPD

WHY IS REPORTING CPD NECESSARY?

DEFINING CPD

CPD REPORTING GUIDELINES

All practicing members of the Institute are required to report a minimum of 105 hours of professional development over a 3-year period (an average of 35 hours per year) to maintain their member “in good standing” status.

The (CPD) Tracker within the Private Portal section of the website allows members to record activities as they occur and submit on a yearly basis prior to payment of fees.

General Requirements

Other Reporting Details

EXAMPLES AND CATEGORIES OF HOW TO REPORT CPD

The following categories are examples that can help identify relevant CPD activities.

  1. Formal continuing education such as attending structured courses, formal training provided through universities, colleges, technical institutions, industry, employers including correspondence courses. For example:

There is no maximum number of hours per year for formal continuing education.
 

  1. Informal continuing education such as: workshops, seminars, webinars, field days, tours, and clinics. This includes reading professional journals relevant to members' declared scope of practice. This can include generic or transferable skills training for professionals such as:

Maximum 21 hours per year for attending workshops, seminars, webinars, field days, etc.

Maximum 7 hours per year for reading professional scientific articles and reports
 

  1. In-house technical, scientific, agribusiness and economic updates offered by employers that focus on keeping current on science industry trends and issues.
  1. Academic contributions such as instructing courses, workshops, seminars, webinars, or similar events. Also producing articles, refereed papers, training materials, and presenting technical, scientific, economic, and business information. This applies to those in academic teaching and research, for example:

Members can report and claim CPD in categories #5 and #6 below as long as 50% of reported activities directly support the member’s scope of practise, which is in categories #1 to #4 above.
 

  1. Professional service such as a board of directors in a professional, scientific, or business organization at the local, provincial or national level with a scientific, technical, or business focus relating to agrology
  1. SIA networking such as attending SIA branch activities, presentations and networking events or serving on branch executive committees or provincial council.

The Friday Agrology Update email includes a selection of reports, seminars, webinars, conferences, etc. that may assist in identifying CPD opportunities appropriate to members’ scope of practice.

RECORDING CPD

Annually an online record of continuing professional development (CPD) must be recorded by all members using the CPD Tracker or submitting a hard copy to the Provincial Office demonstrating a minimum of 105 hours of CPD completed over a 3-year period.

As a regulatory body, the Institute is expected to be able to assure the public that members are maintaining competency and practicing ethically.

CPD TRACKER

Member in Good Standing

As a regulated profession, on February 1 of each year, the Institute submits a roster of registered members in “good standing” with the provincial government. To be a member in “good standing” annual registration and license to practice fees must be paid, as well as, CPD hours must be recorded online no later than December 31 of each year.

Other Resources

Ensure you are signed in to use the CPD Tracker.

QUESTIONS: 

Valerie Pearson, PAg | Executive Director & Registrar 
306-242-2606 or valerie.pearson@sia.sk.ca
 


   


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