Continuing Professional Development

Frequently asked questions

Attending an ASTTBC webinar, member meeting or other activity is considered informal learning. Two hours of informal learning activity is equal to one CPD Hour.

The changes in CPD policy are specific to ASTTBC. Each provincial association may have a CPD policy that is somewhat different.

CPD activities may be achieved at very little or no cost.

Yes, if the topic of the webinar is relevant to your discipline or practice the time attending the webinar may be claimed in the informal learning category.

Yes, if the topic of the webinar is relevant to your discipline or practice the time attending the webinar may be claimed in the informal learning category.

Yes, 2 hours of self-directed learning activity equals 1 CPD Hour therefore, 8 hours of activity = 4 CPD Hours.

The ASTTBC Council approved the revised CPD policy on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The revised policy describing CPD activities and time required to achieve CPD Hours in various categories begins January 1, 2019.

Participating on an accreditation team or serving on a TAC committee is considered as volunteering. Three hours of actual activity equals one CPD Hour.

No, your record of CPD for previous years will remain unchanged.

Yes, the total number of CPD Hours remains unchanged at 20.

Attempting to standardize or harmonize CPD requirements for various associations and designations may be desirable but it is highly unlikely that it will ever be achieved.

Yes, if the activity contributes to your professional development for your work in BC or elsewhere the location of where the activity occurred is irrelevant.

Many CPD activities are available at little or no financial cost. Doing a web search and accessing information relevant to your field is one option. Volunteering, attending webinars, doing job searches, writing covering letters and other documents to support your application for employment be considered as informal learning.

If ASHAE is the abbreviation for the American Society for Heating and Air conditioning Engineers and the presentation is relevant to your discipline of registration the time attending the presentation would count as CPD. The category of CPD would likely be informal or learning.

No, the CPD activity includes a wide range of topics that may include learning about new products, new equipment, new techniques and services. The most important consideration is the activity should be relevant to your discipline or practice. For some ASTTBC members the CPD activity may include taking refresher courses or training required to renew certification such as first aid.

This question suggests that architects and interior designers are registered with associations that have an agreement with one or more training providers to submit directly to those associations the names of people that attend CPD activities.

Determining the number of hours of activity to claim for attending a conference should be based on the conference program or schedule of presentations.

The requirement is to achieve 20 CPD Hours per category. Please refer to Table 1 of the CPD policy for an explanation of how many hours of actual activity is required for one CPD Hour.

Yes, if the topic is relevant to the work you do the Lunch and Learn session would count as informal learning.

Yes, taking a course to achieve an FSR from Technical Safety BC would count as formal learning.

Yes, if an instructor leads the Electrical Code course and there is a course outline describing the learning outcomes it would be considered formal learning.

The time you spend reading and learning the new standards would be considered as Non-formal, self-directed learning. Two hours of reading and learning the new standards would equal one CPD Hour.

Taking an online course from a public or private educational institution is considered the same as attending a course in a classroom. This would be considered structured or formal learning. One hour of attending a such a course is equal to one CPD Hour.