Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and to enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.
Engaging in CPD ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.
Effective from 1st August 2017 the Trustees have reviewed the numerous courses and different methodologies of learning, such as ASK training days, workshops and events, e-learning programs, reading relevant books and magazines which are today recognised ways in which new knowledge and skills can be gained. The ASK annual CPD requirement for Certificate and Diploma members is 21 hours or 3 days training which can be made up as follows:
- 21 hours (3 days) - any combination of CPD material
- 14 hours (2 days) - of CPD material plus 1 case study which will be published in the members section on the new website
- 14 hours (2 days) - of CPD material plus 1 day providing support on an ASK stand at a Trade Show.
The individual member is able to make the decision as to which new material they wish to include in their annual CPD submission. The Trustees require that a member must be able to justify their inclusion of material as being relevant to their continual professional development in kinesiology. The Trustees reserve the right as to whether on inspection the CPD submitted is deemed suitable and therefore acceptable.
If members are unsure if their CPD material is acceptable then please contact via the ASK email sending details and Julie will send the query to the Trustees.Please note CPD is mandatory to maintain your Professional membership of ASK.
The following types of learning are now all accepted as CPD:
Physical seminars: the following are examples of courses members may attend – this is not a definitive list. Please, see above that a member may include a different course if they believe it supports their CPD. We will require an attendance certificate when physically attending a seminar.
- ASK training days
- Seminars run by supplement or Nutrition companies eg, Biocare, Cytoplan, Epigentics Ltd, ION, Metabolics, Purebio, Nutrigold, Nutrilink etc
- Seminars on subjects which are allied to kinesiology - advanced kinesiology techniques, energy work, flower essences, aromatherapy oils, tapping, sound therapy etc
- Practice Management and Business Development, Interpersonal skills, Marketing, Social media. Link to CPD training Courses
On-line material: increasingly relevant on-line material is available to members. If you are submitting on-line content for CPD, please include a synopsis of a minimum of 400 words describing what was covered in the material you watched / listened to. One hours on-line learning is equivalent to 1 hours CPD
- On-line versions of any of the physical seminars offered above
Reading list: today there are thousands of books which can quality for CPD, and as with seminars there are different ways to gain this information, so it may be a book you have read or listened to as an audio book. If you are submitting a book for CPD, please include a synopsis of 400 words minimum describing what was covered in the material you read / listened to. Members can only use reading for 7 hours CPD in any year.Sally is currently producing a new section on the ASK website which we are calling the "ASK Reading Room" - this will be a list of recommended books, please let me know if you would like to add any other books to the Reading Room that you have found educational. inspirational or enjoyable.
Link to ASK Reading Room
Magazine subscription: if you subscribe to a regular magazine which you believe is relevant please provide us with proof of payment of your annual subscription.
If you are undergoing ASK Tutor training you do not have to submit CPD for the year in which you are undergoing your training.
First Aid, A&P and Nutrition qualifications do not count towards your CPD requirement.
If a member is having issues undertaking their annual CPD requirements, they should immediately contact the Administrator who will contact the Trustees to see if dispensation can be provided for the short term.With the new Membership Management section on the new website there will be a brand new way to make it easier for you to maintain your individual CPD - more details of this in the next few months.