Continuing Professional Development

1.0 MANDATORY REPORTING OF CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Policy Subject Mandatory Reporting of Continuing Professional Development
Policy Section Practice and Compliance
Policy Number To be determined
Approving Authority Council approved November 10, 2018
Revision 2
Effective Date January 1, 2019

1. Purpose

In our ever-changing technological environment, the public expects that technologists, technicians and technical specialists keep informed of the latest developments in their practice. Principle 1 of the ASTTBC Code of Ethics states: "That all members hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and the promotion of health and safety within the workplace." The requirement for members to remain current in their field is found in Principle 6: "Members of ASTTBC shall keep informed to maintain proficiency and competence, to advance the body of knowledge within their discipline and further opportunities for the professional development of their associates." The Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) policy supports the objectives of the ASTT Act, Regulations and Code of Ethics.

2. APPLICABILITY

  1. This policy applies to AScT, CTech and technical specialists.
  2. This policy does not apply to students, graduates, retired, honorary or lifetime members.

3. POLICY STATEMENTS

  1. ASTTBC members are required to achieve an average of 20 CPD Hours per year averaged over three calendar years.
  2. A description of the activities eligible for CPD Hours is presented in Table 1. The activities are sub-divided into 4 categories. The maximum CPD Hours per category that may be claimed in one calendar year are specified in Table 1.
  3. The maximum total number of CPD Hours that may be claimed in one calendar year is 32.
  4. The Registrar or designate shall annually issue to all ASTTBC members a notice of their CPD status for the current calendar year and their three-year average.
  5. The Registrar shall submit to the Practice Review Board (PRB) an annual report on member compliance to the CPD policy and recommend suspending the registration of non-compliant members.
  6. The Registrar or designate shall audit the CPD activities and the CPD Hours claimed by members.
  7. In extraordinary circumstances, if a member is unable to achieve an average of 20 CPD Hours per year over 3 years he or she may submit to the Registrar a written explanation of the reason for non-compliance to the policy and request a temporary exemption. The Registrar may accept or reject the explanation and the member’s request for temporary exemption from CPD.
  8. The CPD reporting requirements for members with more than one ASTTBC designation shall be 20 CPD Hours regardless of the number of ASTTBC designations.

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