AIG has teamed with DeRisk Geomining Consultants to produce a five-module JORC training course. The first course will be delivered in May 2020. Full details of the course and registration information will be released in the next few days.
Each module will be delivered as two, two-hour, interactive webinars on consecutive days, at times designed to foster both Australian and international participation. The modular structure of the course enables participants to register for the modules that they feel they need, and to complete different modules at a time that suits them.
Individual or combinations of modules will be of interest to exploration and mining geoscientists involved in public reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves in compliance with the JORC Code,, end-users of JORC reports, including legal and finance industry professionals and investors, and others involved in JORC report preparation.
Watch your inbox and the AIG web site for details.
AIG is working with leading Australian geological and mining consulting practice, DeRisk Geomining Consultants, to develop an affordable, comprehensive, five module training course for resource and reserves professionals and those who make use of resource and reserve statements.
The course is designed so that all file modules may be completed, or individual models taken to meet specific gaps in personal expertise and professional experience.
The five modules will cover:
Case studies will feature extensively in the presentation of each module.
Development of the course has commenced. The first two modules are being presented in Townsville next week (29 April). The first delivery of the complete course will be in Perth, expected in the third quarter of 2019. This will be followed by regular courses in other locations throughout Australia. Delivery of the course using interactive, real-time, desktop video delivery, providing interaction between the presenter and students during each model is also being planned cater for the needs of students in rural Australia and overseas.
Feedback received from students will be used to continuously improve the quality and relevance of course content.
AIG is one of three parent bodies of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC).
The course will form a key continued professional development resource, delivered in a flexible manner, consistent with AIG’s not for profit model to ensure it is within reach of all Institute members.
Further details will be published as course development proceeds.
Only two weeks left for the largest Convention on Geoscience in the Asia Pacific Region since 2012. AGCC 2018’s highlights include:
Download the program and start planning your visit to Adelaide! Full and Day registrations are still available, please visit www.agcc.org.au/registration to view all registration options and inclusions and to register.
Professional development workshops
Wednesday 3 October is the last day to register for AGCC 2018’s workshops. Visit www.agcc.org.au/workshops for detailed information on presenters, dates, costs and to register. These professional development workshops are open to delegates and non-delegates.
If you are interested in distributing items to delegates on the Convention’s Publication bar, email firstname.lastname@example.org for approval before 5pm on Friday 28 September. This service is free of charge for Sponsors and Exhibitors. For non-sponsors and non-exhibitors the Publication bar will incur a cost of AU$800 plus GST.
Register on or before Monday 1 October to make use of the Crèche facility at the Adelaide Convention Centre, specially set up for AGCC 2018 with the support of NExUS. Arrangements and registrations at email@example.com.
Special registration offer for Early Career Geoscientists and students
If you fit the criteria for Early Career Geoscientist status, you can pay just AU$765 for full Convention registration. That’s a saving of AU$235 on the current full member rate. The offer has been extended to Saturday 6 October. Click here for full details.
Students can register for only AU$250 if members of one of the AGC Member Organisations. If not a member, the registration cost is AU$500.? Opportunities to volunteer are open until Wednesday 3 October.
Standard registration for the Convention closes on Saturday 6 October. Please visit www.agcc.org.au/registration for more information and to register.
Booth bookings for AGCC 2018 close at 5pm this Thursday 27 September. Don’t miss the opportunity to give extensive exposure to your brand to more than 1,000 industry leaders. Visit www.agcc.org.au/geoexpo for further information.
AGCC 2018 is proudly sponsored by Geoscience Australia (Patron sponsor) and Santos Limited (Major sponsor)
Part II. Continued Professional Development is expensive. Right?
Wrong. Continued pprofessional development (CPD) covers a broad spectrum of activities that contribute to both your development of new skills and refinement of existing ones. CPD always requires an investment of time but it does not need to be expensive or onerous in other ways.
CPD can be considered to be an investment, by you in your own career, and in your development as a professional by your employer. It can be both formal and informal and requires tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain as you work, beyond any initial training. CPD records document what you experience, learn and then apply.
Some professions use the term ‘continuing professional develment‘ formally, and require a certain amount of development activity to be carried out and documented each year as a condition of maintaining your membership of, or registration with, a professional body, or a licence to operate in that field.
In other areas, CPD is used more informally. A commitment to learning and improving is, however, generally expected of anyone in a professional capacity.
There are no formal “licence to operate” provisions affecting geologists, generally, in Australia and New Zealand, although there are specific fields where government authorities require geoscientists to be members of a recognised professional association or institute. Requirements vary from state to state in Australia. The situation is very different in Canada, where professional registration is required to work in most provinces and legislation to mandate this is in place. Professional registration is also required in some U.S. states and in the European Union. AusIMM Members must have Chartered Professional status to act as Qualified Persons reporting exploration results, mineral resources and ore reserves to Canadian securities exchanges. This is not, however, required of AusIMM Fellows, or both AIG Members and Fellows. These arrangements are set in Canada and subject to regular review.
What is a profession?
A profession may be considered to be any career area for which you need a professional qualification. Traditionally, the professions included law, medicine (including dentistry and other allied professions), and accountancy. More recently, many other professions have emerged, including HR, marketing, sales and IT, all of which have recognised professional qualifications.
While CPD isn’t a requirement for geoscientists in Australia, it does demonstrate commitment to continually improving your skills, in addition to maintaining concepts of best practice through sharing learning with colleagues and peers.
Recording your development actions is essential. An important part of continuing professional development is being able to demonstrate it. It is important to keep a diary of all your development activities to be able to show how your skills and knowledge have developed over a period.
An investment in CPD is typically measured in CPD hours or CPD points, both of which are a combination of the time devoted to continued professional development and an activity weighting or multiplier. Multipliers reflect the effort and value associated with specific activities.
The AIG’s Registered Professional Geosceintist (RPGeo) programme specifies the following weightings for various CPD activities. Some examples of the weightings for different activities include:
|Meeting, seminar and conference attendance, including webinars.||1|
|Formal postgraduate study, short course and workshop attendance (applied to lecture hours)||2|
|Distance learning – higher degree and postgraduate studies (applied to lecture hours)||2|
|“On the job” learning: e.g. mine visits (other than those associated with regular duties), working with consultants, undertaking company-sponsored research.||1|
|Preparation and presentation of materials for geoscience courses, conferences, seminars and symposia.||2|
|Participation in AIG and other professional society / institute committee work||0.5|
|Receiving mentoring (mentee) from experienced MAIG or FAIG||1|
|Providing mentoring to an early career or less experienced geoscientist||0.5|
Some activities are subject to additional restrictions, such as the proportion of total hours that may be provided by a single activity, to ensure that continued professional development completed by members has an element of diversity. There are also specified hours for some activities, such as 30 hours for publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal. A more detailed discussion of what constitutes CPD and relevant weightings is available here.
It’s not all about attending conferences and seminars. It is clear from the list above that there are a wide range of activities that contribute to professional development, readily accessible by all members. RPGeos are required to complete an average of 50 CPD hours per year, averaged over three years, which may sound onerous but is something that many members achieve without realising it, or doing anything out of the ordinary.
The key is ensuring that CPD activities are recorded.
What do you think? Is a requirement for all Graduates, Members and Fellows to undertake CPD, and in the process satisfying community expectations of what constitutes a professional, something that AIG should consider? Add your thoughts to this post or join the discussion on the AIG Linkedin Group.
Part I of this article series is available here.
Graduation from university with an Earth science degree represented a major learning milestone that enabled you to begin your geoscience career. It also represented the start of the next phase in your professional, technical and personal development through continuing development as a professional.
Continuing professional development, or CPD, is work-related learning that should continue throughout your career. The year in which new professionals enter the workforce is usually a period of intense, on the job learning in a diverse range of areas such as field and mapping skills, sampling, core logging, managing contractors, landowner liaison and mining title management, to name but a few. University studies provide an essential and solid grounding in geological principles, Earth systems, scientific method and research skills, which must be supplemented by a broad spectrum of new skills that are based on elements of these fields and represent workplace essentials.
In many professions, CPD forms an integral part of a licence to practice. More professions require a managed and verifiable commitment to CPD than not. The dominant reason for this this is the perception of public risk associated with practice of the profession in question. Medical professionals, for example, may be called on to make decisions that could affect someone’s life. Engineers design and build structures and machines that could create public safety risks or have profound economic consequence if they fail. Teachers shape the character and skills of young people who will be the backbone of our society in future years.
Geoscientists have the privilege of being self-regulating. There is no universal requirement for professional registration and licencing of geoscientists in Australia. This does not, however, diminish the need for, and value of CPD. It remains one of the key mechanisms by which high standards of professional practice and the relevance and currency of qualifications and experience are maintained.
CPD is frequently described as an investment for both individuals and employers as it involves maintaining enhancing and extending your knowledge expertise and competence. It is central to the definition of professionalism recognised by the general public, where professionals strive to become leaders, knowledgeable, sources of advice and able to reliably solve problems in their chosen fields, which sets them apart from the rest of the pack.
Formal CPD falls into three broad categories:
CPD requires an investment of time, but the cost of CPD does not need to be onerous due to the range of activities that fall into the three categories above.
Join a discussion of CPD and professionalism on the AIG Linkedin Group.