Ways to complete CPD
There are a variety of methods to maintain, improve and broaden knowledge, expertise and competence - the range of professional development activities selected will vary according to individual career planning, area of expertise, learning style, identified needs, and timing and availability. The important point to remember is that the learning must be relevant to our industry, your current role or career aspirations. ACS recommends members focus their continuing professional development on a range of activities such as formal and informal events, peer and professional interaction and of course, ways to contribute to the profession through research, courses or white papers.
ACS members currently self-assess their CPD hours accumulated and can update their CPD activities within the online membership portal. CPD hours are awarded to appropriate activities on a 1:1 ratio, meaning, 1 hour of learning equates to 1 CPD hour.
CPD and career breaks
ACS understands that members' lives sometimes take priority over their career development, which requires a career break. To help with these times, Certified Technologies must complete 60 hours of CPD and Certified Professionals must complete 90 hours of CPD over five years, rather than the standard three years.
A member is regarded to have had a career break if they have a period of leave from the workforce of at least six months, but less than five years, for any proper cause.
Proper causes include:
- a serious illness
- parental leave
- extended travel
- caring for family members
- involuntary unemployment
- elite sporting or cultural pursuits