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 two categories of activities that you can accrue points for your CPD Logbook, including Formal/Structured and Less Formal/Less Structured activities. These two activity categories can be conducted in each of the Individual Profesional Development and the Share and Support the Profession and Others streams.
Certified practitioners and professionals require a minimum of 300 points in any three-year period, an average of 100 points per year. You must accrue 60 points per year in the Formal and Structured activities category.
The CPD Points Schedule explains how many CPD points you can earn for the activities you engage in, you can use it as a guide.
Online CPD reporting tool and the interim CPD Logbook
We had hoped to move to an automated online CPD system by 1 July 2020 but COVID-19 put a spanner in those works. We consider 1 July an important deadline to start points, so we are moving to the use of a temporary logbook to record CPD.
Our plan in the new financial year is to create the CPD online tool with some automated capability so that the AIHS events that our members attend auto-populate on the record sheet. But the temporary CPD Logbook will be the guide to that. If you are an AIHS member or fellow and not certified, it is not compulsory to complete a CPD Logbook. However, it is a useful tool to help you identify and record appropriate and relevant professional development activities.
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 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.
CPD FAQs cover most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we received from some of our stakeholders who trialed the CPD Logbook. If the question you have is not answered here, please get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.