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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing professional Development (CPD) enables professionals to remain current in their Field(s) of Practice and thereby maintain a high level of competence. Comprehensive records of the CPD activities undertaken must be kept by the Registered Professional Geoscientist. Each year, a random selection of registered members will be required to submit their CPD records for auditing.
Requirements for CPD.

Registered Professional Geoscientists shall participate in continuing professional development activities over the period of their registration, with an average of at least 50 weighted hours each year calculated over a rolling period of three years. The activities should typically include attendance at conferences, undertaking relevant postgraduate education including extension courses, in-house courses, distance learning, on-the-job training, and private reading of learned articles.
The CPD activities must be directly relevant to the Field(s) of Practice nominated for registration. While it is accepted that CPD is appropriate for each Field of Practice, there is no requirement beyond the total 50-hour annual requirement for practitioners who opt for more than one Field of Practice.

The CPD requirements are rigorous but quite attainable for a practitioner genuinely concerned with maintaining competency and expertise in the Field(s) of Practice. The 50 hours per year average over a three-year period provides some flexibility while not compromising the intention of the CPD.

CPD Activities
The categories of CPD and their time weighting factors are given in the table below. In addition, publications will be credited at:
• 30 hours for a technical paper (not an abstract) in seminar or conference proceedings; and
• 45 hours for a technical paper published in a journal subject to referee review (e.g. the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences published by the GSA).
The “presentations” category does not apply to academics making undergraduate presentations as a normal part of their employment. However, specialist postgraduate courses open to industry participants will qualify as presentations for academic geoscientists.

The AIG accepts that field geoscientists may work in isolated or overseas postings where attendance at conferences and on-the-job training may not be possible. In addition, certain professional activities (such as stratigraphic correlation) are professional skills (as opposed to routine geoscientific duties) that increase with experience and may count in some cases as “on-the-job training”.

Accordingly, the Registration Board will consider granting exemptions from the CPD requirement on a case-by-case basis, but such exemptions will not be granted retrospectively and should be applied for in advance.

Category and Details twf
Attendance at geoscientific conferences and learned society technical meetings
Only the hours of technical presentations attended can be counted.
 x1
Short courses and formal education
Includes attendance at short courses run by tertiary institutions and other educational establishments, government or semi-government bodies, professional institutions and private firms. Individual undergraduate or postgraduate course units also count. Only the hours of formal lectures or equivalent hours of research should be included.
 x2
Distance learning
Higher degree / graduate diploma studies
 x2
Conferences and workshops  x1
Private study based on videotape, audiotape, computer-aided materials etc. x0.5
Private reading of learned publications
Includes periodicals, seminar publications and text books but not trade press or newspapers. Time allocated in this category may not exceed 45% of the total hours and reading must be documented.
x0.5
On-the-job learning
Includes inspecting operational facilities (mines, production platforms) other than those associated with regular duties, working with expert consultants, installing and implementing equipment or software for managing geoscience activities, and undertaking company-sponsored special research. Activities in this category may comprise up to 45% of the total hours.
 x1
Presentations
Includes preparation and presentation of materials for geoscience courses, conferences, seminars and symposia. Only the hours of the presentation should be included.
 x5