Introduction to AIHS CPD program
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It's a record of what you experience, learn and then apply.
The AIHS takes a strong interest in CPD because it ensures we continue to be competent in our profession. It is an on-going process and continues throughout our careers. Commitment to CPD ensures individuals routinely reflect and review their current knowledge and skill level to guide and focus on building their professional standing. For AIHS Certified Practitioners and Professionals, CPD is the requirement for maintaining their annual certification registration.
CPD Requirement for AIHS Certified Practitioners and Professionals
There are a broad range of activities that you can complete to accrue CPD Points. These activities fall within 3 categories:
- Individual Education/Learning/Knowledge/Skill Development (Including transferable skills)
- Development of the Profession (AIHS Service)
- Application of OHS Knowledge in the Workplace
Certified practitioners and professionals are required to accrue 100 points per year.
The CPD Points Guide explains how many CPD points you can earn for the activities you engage in.
Online CPD Platform
Our online CPD Platform is now live. This project has been complex in both planning and programming, and we thank everyone for using the temporary CPD Logbook in the interim.
Log on to your AIHS member portal and go to 'My Account'
1. Go to your CPD Dashboard
2. You can create a CPD plan by clicking on ‘My CPD Plan/s’. Your planned events will then show on your ‘Planned Activity Log’ in your 'My Activity Register'
3. ‘My Activity Register’ - here you will find;
- Your completed CPD LogBook Activities,
- An ‘Events Log’ which will list all events you have registered for via the AIHS website,
- A ‘Planned Activity Log’, which includes any CPD activities you entered in your online CPD Plan,
- An ‘Add a CPD Activity’ function of any activities which you haven’t registered for via the AIHS website or entered in your online CPD Plan.
Once you have completed an activity and the ‘Reflection’ for that activity, it will automatically move to your online CPD logbook.
4. Our new CPD Points Guide allows for a broader range of CPD activities and is to be used as a guide to assist you in assigning points to any activities, which haven’t been registered for via the AIHS website.
5. Soon you will also be able to access E-Learning via your Member Portal and ‘My Account’ making it easier to complete and track your Learning.
6. If you have not completed your 20/21 logbook, please complete the Current CPD LOGBOOK and go to the ‘UPLOAD logbook’ page from your CPD Dashboard to upload your completed 20/21 Logbook. Once entered your points will be reflected on your dashboard. Going forward you will complete your reflections in the online CPD platform and will not need to maintain an Excel Logbook of your CPD. (Please ensure your Excel logbook only covers activities for your 20/21 reporting cycle which is not the financial year)
Essence of Ethics Training
Essence of Ethics Training is provided free of charge to all AIHS Members, and it is now a mandatory requirement for all Certified Practitioners and Professionals to complete this training. We ask that all Certified Practitioners and Professionals complete this training by the end of June 2022.
All Members are encouraged to complete this training.
The objective of this course “The Essence of Ethics” is to develop the basic personal ethical capability of AIHS members and certified OHS professionals and practitioners where ethical capability is defined as: …the ability to identify and respond effectively to ethical issues by making, implementing and managing ethical decisions particularly when influenced, pressured or forced to do otherwise – either as an organisation or as an individual. (OHS BoK 38.3 Ethics and Professional, p. 44)
The Essence of Ethics course is delivered in two modules: (i) Introduction to Ethics and (ii) Ethics in Practice. Each module will take approximately one hour to complete. Performance in completing the modules is not assessed and all Certified Members will be awarded 10 continuing professional development points upon its completion.
We continue to keep the health and safety community connected with a comprehensive annual timetable of seminars, conferences and state symposia spanning every state and territory, as well as a substantial online webinar program for those living in regional areas. The AIHS facilitates and promotes numerous safety networks including Emerging Safety Leaders (ESL) and Women in Safety and Health (WISH) to allow students, practitioners and professionals the opportunity to meet, learn and share their experiences while exploring the latest industry developments and issues.
This document was created by the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO). Its purpose is to provide greater clarity around the generalist OHS positions by defining levels of practice, roles, and the necessary capabilities, knowledge and skills they would require to be effective. The Global Framework details the activities, knowledge, skills and hazards that the professionals and practitioners may be expected to advise on and help manage, which will provide guidance in setting development goals.
The AIHS Mentorship Program brings together experienced and knowledgeable OHS professionals with those new to the profession and eager to learn. Mentors involved in the program are experienced members willing to support and encourage the personal and professional development of mentees within the profession.
The OHS Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals (OHS BoK) provides important benchmark information for continuing professional development. It was developed to define the collective knowledge that should be shared by Australian OHS professionals as a basis for understanding the causation and control of work-related fatality, injury, disease and ill-health. The OHS Body of Knowledge is utilised as a basis for accreditation of education programs.