“The only thing that is constant is change”
– Heraclitus, Greek philosopher circa 500 B.C.
When a Saskatchewan Certification Program is put into effect by SBOA, it will need a related Continuing Professional Development Program. A CPD program requires a person to track and document formal and informal learning that builds on original qualifications, to maintain effective performance and adaptation to changes in the work. CPD is a common requirement for professionals.
Proposed SBOA Certification and Continuing Professional Development Programs are described in policies adopted by the Board of Directors but are not in effect until the programs are referenced by the bylaws.
According to the SBOA Code of Ethics, all members, certified or not, are expected to “participate in professional development and keep informed about codes, construction practices and materials, to maintain competence and advance knowledge.” The proposed CPD program offers a systematic method of recording compliance with this obligation. All members are encouraged to begin tracking and documenting their structured and independent learning activities in compliance with Policy 6.03 and using Form 10.14, to be prepared for future mandatory maintenance requirements.
A helpful description is given in the article What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)? at http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/managing-your-career/1318/what-is-continuing-professional-development-cpd.