Will it cost me a lot of money?
Good CPD need not cost you any extra money at all, except possibly for attendance at an SABPP Ethics workshop, which will be compulsory for new members. You can get points by writing an article for HR Voice, for being a mentor or being mentored, for doing HR related voluntary work or for watching HR relevant television programmes or TED talks.
A well-structured individual development plan should include a range of activities so, depending on your own individual needs, the formal training portion of CPD could be higher or lower.
The SABPP will also be working to provide you with content that is accessible and affordable. For example, the Ethics workshops will be priced very reasonably.
Will it take a lot of time?
That depends on how you wish to pace your own CPD. If you have identified a lot of gaps against the Competency Model and you are anxious to advance your career, you might wish to devote more time to CPD, whereas if you have done quite a lot of development in the recent past and have not identified many gaps against the Competency Model, you might decide to achieve just the required minimum of CPD hours in a particular year (20 for MHRP, CHRP and HRP; 16 for HRA; and 12 for HRT).
What is a CPD Evidence File?
A CPD Evidence File (CEF) is simply a collection, whether electronic or physical, of different types of evidence that you have completed a learning activity and achieved an improvement in competence. We recommend that you set up this file in alignment with the Competency Model elements and then start to collect the evidence. The evidence could be a certificate from a formal learning programme or academic study, minutes of meetings you attended and maybe presented at, notes of mentoring meetings, clippings from journals and so on.
The better organised your CEF is, the easier it is to find your way around it, and this can help both yourself in tracking your progress and the auditors, should your CEF be included in the random sample to be audited each year.
Do I need to do CPD if I am at the top of my profession?
You might be an HR Director or head of an HR academic department. You might be a senior consultant with a big consulting firm. In all of these positions, if you are out of date professionally, you are not competent. So, yes, you do need to keep up your CPD. You also need to lead by example by showing more junior practitioners how committed you are to CPD.
Clearly, the nature of the CPD activities you choose to do may differ from those of a junior practitioner. You will, in the course of your job, be able to claim points for supervising post-graduate students if you are an academic, for making conference presentations if you are a consultant or Director, or for leading a work-related project.
How do I work out my hours of learning?
For many activities, you can take hours spent on the activity as hours of learning. Formal training, mentoring, reading, committee work and so on translate directly into hours.
For non-formal learning, it can be tricky to convert learning into notional hours of learning. For example, if you have been a member of a project team to design and implement a new on-boarding programme, this may have taken many hours of work time. We leave it up to your own judgement as to how many hours to claim, but advise that you consider the real amount of learning that happened during that project and what learning actually happened. For example, you may have had to research/benchmarking best practice. You may have had to prepare a presentation which required you to learn new software skills. You may have had to work out what the return on investment of the programme is to the organisation and had to learn about ROI techniques
Will my CPD points from other professional bodies be accepted?
This question comes up often from the many SABPP registered members who are also registered industrial psychologists. Yes, in principle, you may claim hours spent on HPCSA CPD also in your SABPP CPD claim. This will apply also to other recognised professional bodies. The SABPP will have to conclude a formal Memorandum of Agreement with those bodies to support the implementation of this principle.
Won’t it be a lot of work to record my CPD activities and hours?
The ease of recording will depend on how you do it. You can choose just to keep a hard copy file of papers, as described above, and then you will need to keep track on an index page, or some such, of hours as you go. The CPD Summary worksheet (Appendix 1 of the Policy) is an example. Or you can set up an electronic filing system for yourself using whatever platform you prefer. The SABPP is developing, and will pilot during the second half of 2015, a special electronic option for members. This is a social media based application where you can do many career-related activities, including recording your CPD. The platform can be accessed in any way you use social media normally so, for example, if you have just heard a useful discussion on your car radio, you can log it into the system as soon as you get home, using your smart phone. Further announcements on this will be made in due course. So we recommend that you start your own recording system in the meantime. The important thing is that you file records or notes as you go along. It will be very difficult to construct an Evidence File at the end of the year if you have not done this.