CPD points

CPD points

As an accountability organisation we support the concept of CPD (with some differences) to promote ethical and competent practitioners. This page helps members and interested practitioners with the detail but you are more than welcome to contact us if you are unsure about anything. If you are not yet a SignoPro member, register today and start submitted your learning for CPD. Prospective members can register here.

If you want to submit a CPD activity that you attended now, click on this link.

What are CPD points?

CPD points (Continued Professional/Practitioner Development Points) are provided by the association (or other relevant entity such as a profession’s regulating body) where a person is registered as a helping practitioner. Professions outside of the helping industry also often require points. Generally the focus of CPD points is on continued learning or continuing education with the idea being promoted that practitioners should stay up to date with the advancement of knowledge and skills in their profession or practitioner role.

Why do different associations award different points?

Different associations/professional bodies will award different points for a course, event or activity based on how relevant they deem the activity to be for the practitioner role or profession. CPD points are therefore not awarded by the person or organisation that offers the course, event or activity but by the association who seeks to advance or regulate the discipline. Association A might award 5 points for a course while association B awards 8 points for the same programme. This says nothing about the quality of an activity but rather how relevant an association deem the content to be for the practitioner role or profession they like to regulate and advance.

Can an organisation that offers courses decide how much CPD points will be awarded?

Only where an organisation had their courses/activities preregistered/evaluated by the external association/regulatory body will they be in a position to say how much CPD points are awarded (not by themselves but the association/regulatory body). SignoPro however does not required courses to be preregistered and works with a paradigm where practitioners themselves take an active role reflecting on the relevance of activities based on their value offering as professionals provided they adhere to the ethics of helping roles and code of conduct (which would have been signed when joining). In other words the beneficiaries of the value of attending certain CPD activities and not others should be the client or community the members work with.

Does SignoPro accept points awarded by other regulatory bodies?

All regulatory bodies fulfills and important role in ensuring the credibility of practitioner roles and professions. As such SignoPro accepts points awarded by other associations although practitioners are still asked to submit the events in their log. If the points awarded by the other association exceeds that which SignoPro would have awarded, the extra points carry over into the specific category that the activity relates to (example for coaching, counselling, or other helping role).

SignoPro CPD paradigm

Since SignoPro works with practitioners coming from different roles and professions, our approach differs compared to traditional logic that often works in silos.

This page helps members understand how to calculate the points for various learning opportunities they attend. SignoProfessional is not interested in telling you what you should attend. We believe practitioners (leaders, counsellors, facilitators, educators, and many more ‘practitioners’) are capable of responsibly walking their own path. We don’t want you to walk alone though. We provide accountability for that path, a system and processes to help you develop and guidance in putting together your journey to grow and have as much positive impact and good influence as possible on those around you in your practitioner role.

The points system works slightly different as compared to some professional communities primarily for the reason that we work interdisciplinary. While our required points seems higher than at some professional bodies the system works in your favour if you are registered across categories: This being the whole point of SignoPro, being accountable across disciplines. For this reason we happily acknowledge points earned through other mechanisms though this requires correspondence to work out the detail with you.

Points system (How to work out your CPD points)

The following points system version number is CPD210603SYS. Please make sure you indicate this number on your CPD submission form.

The basics of how you can work out your CPD points at SignoPro are as follows.

  • Points required per year: 40 (New members have up to 3 years to make up points they lack when they start out. After three years you will have needed to cover 120 CPD points.
  • Additional points (up to another 40) can be carried over for 1 year in advance after 40 points have been accumulated
  • Work out points based on the reasonable amount of time (in hourly brackets) it takes to attend or do activities. In some instances SignoPro will find it necessary to adjust the points you submitted and reach out to you once you submitted it. Work only with active hours. Breaks are not active hours.
    • Award 3 points for 6+ active hours per day
    • Award 1.5 points for 3-5 hours spent
    • Award 1 point (for meetings only), up to 3 hours
  • For courses/programmes that span many active hours (more than a day, even weeks, or months) you will have to divide the total number of hours you spent in training by eight to work out how many days your programme covered. Then multiply the number of days by 3 since we award 3 CPD points per day. Example: Your course covered 40 hours. Divided by eight your course covered 5 full days. Multiplied by 3 your total CPD points are 15. From here on you will ad CPD points for instance for post-course reflection, or assignments you covered. See below in this regard. Another example: If you attend a course over five days and each day covered at least 6 hours then your points will be 5 days multiplied by 3, equaling 15 CPD points. If one of the days did not manage to reach at least 6 hours then that specific day will award only 1.5 CPD points (with a minimum of 3 hours). Anything less than three hours will ad only 1 CPD point for that ‘day’ (minimum of 45 minutes to qualify).

Training/ Courses/ Group processes

  • Training received per day: 3 points (awarded for 6+ active hours per day)
  • Training received per half-day: 1.5 points (3-5 hours)
  • Events and subject matter meetings (coming together as coaches, or counsellors and so on) and gatherings less than 3 hours: 1 point. Some Signo internal member meetings also count.
  • Do not calculate breaks during courses but only active engagement

Other CPD bearing activities

Other activities that qualify which practitioners need to log:

  • Articles: Reading quality articles (3 points for a scientific article (or equivalent substantive work) where  you also reflect in writing on the value of the content for your practice). Submit your reflection when logging the points. Consider presenting the article and your learning in our community of members for additional points under the presenting category.
  • Peer-discussion: Setting up peer-discussion among 4 practitioners that lasts no less than 1.5 hours and adding 30 minutes for every additional participant. Award a total of 1.5 points for each participant if the discussion is below 3 hours. Add 1.5 points for each participant when reflecting in writing on the value of the discussion and submit it as part of your log.
  • Supervision: Supervision and formal mentoring processes (Award 2 points for every one conversation lasting more than 45 minutes between you and the mentor/supervisor). For group supervision/mentoring award .5 (half) points for every meeting of at least 1.5 hours.  While clearly important to SignoPro, your supervision points should not exceed 75% of the total points required per year. Excess supervision points can count towards category specific entries (example in leadership, counselling and more and does communicate extra effort to your client).
  • Management: Fulfilling a role in SignoPro or other regulating bodies’ management (please reach out to us)
  • Training/Presenting: Presenting relevant training to peers or the public. For short courses, once off workshops or learning-discussion award 3 points for a day’s preparation (6-8 hours) the first time you submit the event via the CPD submission link. Subsequent presentations only receive 1.5 points on the condition that the presenter reflects on what they themselves have learned when presenting, or reflecting on the additional material added to the course/training. Approach us for how to calculate CPD points for creating longer courses. Remember also that as trainers/facilitators you receive points as if you were an attendee of the course or event.
  • Writing: Award 8 points when SignoPro accepts a blog article you wrote and is published on the SignoPro website on topics of relevance that is well researched, referenced and either helpful to the public or advance knowledge and practice of your role (example: if it advances the role or profession of coaching, counselling, other role). Award 5 points for every subsequent article  (Ask for our article submission requirements). Articles are linked to your profile and forms part of your portfolio that we promote. Consider to present your research or host a peer-discussion to qualify for additional CPD points.
  • Points awarded: We accept the points that other regulating bodies’ award (T’s & C’s)

Most formal programmes such as at least advanced certificates (covering months) diplomas, degrees, postgraduate work past your foundational training will likely cover all required CPD points.

Points related to reflection and/or formal assessments/evaluation

Add CPD points for reflection or formal assessment you had to do during or after the activity. Note the following questions we ask on your CPD submission form:

  • Write your reflection here about the value of the activity for your professional career, or your practitioner role. How did it help make you a better practitioner. Add some of your key learning reflections. For each reflection on an activity you may add 3 CPD points in your calculation. You may skip this if your activity incorporated some kind of formal evaluation such as an assignment or practice display.
  • Did the activity incorporate a formal assignment (whether actual practice or writing), that you submitted to the presenter or organisation? If you did you may add 3 CPD points to your estimate.

Writing a reflection on an activity

When submitting your evaluation of CPD points you will only copy/paste or write an executive summary of your reflection. This means a total of between 300-800 words in paragraph form. The reflection is not a way to praise or critique the presenter or the activity. This is where you show agency and ownership of your learning. Share key learning or tell us how it challenged you personally and in your role/profession. Don’t share sensitive information.

We are particularly interested to see how you think the activity is relevant to the categories you are registered in (if applicable), in coaching, counselling, facilitation, or career guidance, other form of helping.

Important: First write this on a file you save on your computer as SignoPro reflection [yy/mm/dd]. The file on your computer should say what activity the reflection is linked to. You will not send submit or email your entire reflection but we may ask for it if we do decide to moderate member reflections.

There are various ways to share your ideas about how an event is relevant to different categories with us and the community. You can write an article in the space we make available for you on your profile page at no cost.
Some events will earn points in each category practitioners are registered. If for instance you are registered as both counsellor and coach and the event awards 9 points then you would have already earned 18 points subject to telling us how attending a certain event or activity is relevant to those categories.

How to put together a learning event or peer-discussion

After the learning event or peer-discussion you must submit the activity in the same way as any other (like a attending a course).

The host of the learning event or peer discussion must hand out an overview of the activity. This handout should contain:

  1. Name of the event
  2. The helping categories most relevant to the event, for instance specify coaching, counselling, consulting, facilitation, mentoring, training, or other helping role.
  3. The programme with dates and times
  4. Attendee list along with membership numbers. You are welcome to have your attendee’s join Signo, either as open members, or qualifying members if they have been doing their helping-role for at least a year.
  5. Other peer- or formal presenters (if other’s are also presenting as opposed to taking part in the discussion)
  6. Intended aim and objectives for the activity
  7. List of contents (if the programme does not contain this detail)
  8. Literature used in a section called bibliography

When to submit

Submit your points estimate of CPD activities via the electronic form by the end of March for the previous year March-February. Contact us if you do not have the electronic link.

The CPD system will not be enforced for the current and previous year-cycle but any qualifying activities from 1 March 2020 can be submitted to allow members to ease into the idea of CPD.

Important comments

Remember our approach to CPD is not meant as a barrier That’s also why in our processes, finances should not be hurdle. CPD at Signo requires more points but is fairly easily obtained in most cases. We are not really interested in the points as much as we are interested in that practitioners attending various things show they are serious about what they do and that their choices reflect them taking responsibility for learning. We believe that the problem with points is that most practitioners simply fall trap to working for the most points with the least effort with little relational connection or reflection.

In the end this has very little to do with taking responsibility for being a professional / practitioner. And most of what happens in many professional bodies is that it sustains this mentality, even though unintentionally. Though we also use a points system we hope you see what its about.

You are reminded that belonging to this community is voluntary. You either understand the paradigm we’re coming from and agree or don’t agree. Note however that over the following years we will likely tweak the requirements to get the best fit with giving expression to a postmodern interdisciplinary paradigm.

CPD for leaders and managers

Helping professionals (coaches, counsellors, facilitators, other)

Educators

Anyone serious about ‘practicing’ something with which to help communities, societies, families, businesses

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