Continual Professional Development with IAgSA

Continual Professional Development (CPD) is widely acknowledged to be of great importance to both professional and personal development in all industries and walks of life.

For IAgSA administrators this means improvement in skills and delivery as well as potentially opening up career opportunities.

IAgSA have developed a easy to use online CPD programme to help member record their CPD throughout the year.

How can I get started with my CPD online?   Please contact the National Office direct on T: 01926 485543 OR follow below "Getting Started - Online CPD Guidelines for IAgSA members"

CPD inspiration - The Elizabeth Roe Award @ Conference 2013 - click here to down load Andrea Gardner's CPD presentation about CPD and the award nominees


Getting Start - CPD Online Guidance Notes for IAgSA Members

Continual Professional Development (CPD) is widely acknowledged to be of great importance to both professional and personal development for individuals in all industries and walks of life.  For IAgSA administrators this means improvement in skills and delivery as well as potentially opening up career opportunities.  IAgSA are working towards developing a strong CPD programme for their members.

To log on and complete your CPD at any time, you need to login as a member on the iAgSA website.  To do this please enter your username and password into the login tab on the left hand side of this page


The CPD Points System for 2013 - 2014

Structured Training - Definition: Points can be claimed through structured training by attendance at conferences, seminars and workshops etc involving active contribution. Preparation for relevant articles or presentations. Choose from the following drop down boxes and points available and don’t forget to add a description of your training.

Structured Training

Points

Development Plan

5

All training courses – seminars, workshops, distance learning, certified courses etc.  Max 5 points added per day.

1/ hr (Max 5)

IAgSA Conference – Friday Branch Workshop

1

IAgSA Conference – Full Conference Saturday and Sunday

4

IAgSA Conference – Saturday Only

2

IAgSA Conference – Sunday Only

1

IAgSA Branch Meeting Attendance

1

Technical Presentation/ Published work in press

3

Successful completion of another relevant Institute, Association or Professional Body CPD Scheme e.g. AAT

12

Providing work experience in liaison with Agricultural College (at Least 6 hours)

2

Unstructured Training – Definition:  Any form of learning where there is no interaction with other individuals. Includes: media based training, technical research, reading journal/ agricultural press.

Unstructured Training

Points

Reading Agricultural Journals (Max 3/ annum)

1

Reading money laundering guidance (Max 3 / annum)

3

Any other unstructured training, where a time log and evidence of work undertaken can be provided. (1 pt for each period of 3 hours’ work) Maximum 5 annual points.

1

Additional Activities: Definition: Chance to pick up a few more points as an active IAgSA member supporting your branch either at regional / national level.

Additional Activities

Points

IAgSA Branch – Starting a New Branch

4

IAgSA Branch – Committee Member

3

IAgSA Conference Committee Member
IAgSA Council Member
IAgSA Attendance to Stakeholder Meetings (More than 1 meeting per year - with a max. of 3 points/year)

3
3
3

Manning Stand for IAgSA (Max 2 pt/annum)

1

We are constantly updating our points listing so please do not hesitate to contact the office if you cannot see a training activity or on the job learning experience and we will be able to advise.

POINTERS FOR COMPLETING YOUR CONTINUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT LEVEL CPD MEMBER I AM?

CPD1 (First year of CPD) is the entry level for Associate Members (members in training) or full Members. It is also recommended for Associates that they use their CPD as supporting evidence for their application for full Membership. Successful completion of CPD1 entitles a full Member to use M IAgSA after their name and to use the logo on their stationery. In order to maintain this grade CPD must be completed annually thereafter.

CPDm (Years 2 - 4) is the maintenance level followed by those who have completed CPD1 in previous years. CPDm level is for members who record CPD for 2 - 4 years.

CPDmf (Years 5+) relates to members who have successfully completed CPD for 5 or more years, and these members can optionally decide to not complete their Skills Checklist and Development Plan.

HOW MANY POINTS TO DO I NEED TO OBTAIN EACH YEAR?

This depends on which level of CPD Member you are, please see above for reference. The minimum points required per year are:

CPD 1 members and associates = 15 points

CPDm members = 12 points

CPD mf Members = 12 points


There are four main forms that help you to complete your CPD, please see below to which ones you need to complete:

Compulsory for CPD1 Members & Associates completing CPD for the first year - See further below for how to complete these forms.

  1. Skills Check List - helps you to identify which skills you would like to learn or develop over the course of the next year (skills checklist in word)
  2. The CPD Development Plan  - Use this development plan to enable you to plan how you would like to achieve your skills needs, goals and targets you have identified.  Here you can also set timescales to achieve your skills, goals and targets. (Development plan in word)

How do I submit my Skills Check list and Development plan as part of my CPD?   Please download the above two forms, complete them then either scan and email or post back to us at the National Office.  The next stage of your CPD can be completed online.  Please see below:

Compulsory for all members  - CPD1, CPDm & CPDmf* - See further below for the steps on how to complete your CPD online.

  1. Individual Training Record (ITR) – An ITR needs to be completed for each course undertaken or learning experience accomplished.  For long term courses please complete an ITR for every term completed. (*for CPDmf member the ITR are not compulsory)
  2. CPD Summary Record - This form records in brief all your ITR records in one sheet and your allocated unstructured and structured CPD points

How do I submit my IRS and CPD summary? All Individual Training Records and your CPD Summary can all be completed easily and quicky online (paperform is still avaiable if required) and submitted to IAgSA when you have gained the necessary points (please see below for more information about points) .  Upon submission, the National Office will acknowledge your submission and in November 2012 you will receive your full ITR records and CPD Summary via electronic format so that you can download and keep them for your records within your portfolio.

MY CPD PORFOLIO:

What is a CPD portfolio?  Evidence to support your CPD activities recorded in each of your Individual Training Records and listed on your CPD summary..  You need to keep evidence (proof of attendance or print outs of your learning) and this evidence should be cross referenced and filed in your CPD portfolio and held at home in case of an inspection from an external CPD assessor.  All members are required to keep a CPD portfolio, as for purposes of quality control individual portfolios may be called in by external verification for assessment.


HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR CPD ONLINE
 

CPD can now be completed online by going to your Online CPD (members only) area and logging int using your membership log in details.  If you have misplaced these please contact the National Office.

Step One: Download and save your CPD Checklist and Development Plan from the CPD Online Area.

Step Two: Decide which skills you would most like to improve on in the year and record 3-4 suggestions onto your Development Plan.  Save these on your computer ready for if you want to make amendments or adjustments throughout the year. 

Step Three: Recording your learning experiences as they happen.  Log into the CPD online area, select your year of CDP and then the next screen you will see is your Individual Training Record (ITR).  Log the details of your learning experience and press save.  This will automatically prepopulate your CPD Summary Form.  Your CPD summary form allows you to edit or delete any ITR’s that you need too.  

Tip for completing your Individual Training Record (ITR): All ITR’s should be completed for all structured and unstructured training, but is not required for Additional Activities.  Points should be allocated to each Individual Training Record and summarised in your CPD Summary Record.

Step Four: Once you have logged all your ITR’s and have fulfilled the required CPD points for that year you can submit your CPD to the IAgSA main office by pressing the SUBMIT button on the CPD Summary Page

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING NOTES

COMPLETING YOUR CPD VIA PAPER FORM
We are still able to accept CPD on via paper applications.  So please do call the National Office if you require a paper pack sending or simply download using the above links.

STRUGGLING TO FULFIL YOUR CPD POINTS FOR THIS YEAR?
CPD Incapacity Form
is available to candidates who were through circumstances out of their control feel that they will not be able to meet the point’s requirement for a particular CPD year.  If you require an incapacity form, please contact Emma at the office on t: 01926 485543.

OTHER TIPS

  1. Points cannot be carried over from one year to another.
  2. Any relevant activity not listed can be considered – please call the office if you have a query.


 

 


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