CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) FOR DESIGNATIONS
SAAHSP ANNOUNCES SKILLZBOOK ONLINE CPD PORTAL FOR SAAHSP DESIGNATED MEMBERS
Nail Technologist (NtHS)
Beauty Technologist (BtHS)
Beauty Therapist (BHS)
Advanced Aesthetic Therapist (ATHS)
Professionalization of an industry requires that practitioners remain current in their practice. A designated member and practitioner is required to participate in the CPD programme offered by the Professional Body for the industry. This document serves to outline the CPD requirements, processes and reporting that a practitioner is required to adhere to and use.
CPD can be defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of skills and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout a person’s career.
The definition is intended to remain flexible enough to be relevant to all those registered and at different stages of their career. The Professional Body enable the practitioner to earn CPD points spread over three different categories of activities and not attendance of academic and theoretical courses alone. Registered designated practitioners are required to obtain certain amounts of CPD points in a year; meeting these minimum CPD points will result in the renewal of registration if membership fees are paid. The minimum amount of CPD points for each designation is as follows:
Nail Technologists: minimum of 15 CPD points per year
Beauty Technologists: minimum of 15 CPD points per year
Beauty Therapists: minimum of 20 CPD points per year
Somatologists: minimum of 25 points points per year
Advanced Aesthetic Therapists: minimum of 25 CPD points per year
3.1 Benefits of the CPD Program
Participation in a CPD programme has benefits to the practitioner, employer and the industry as a whole.
In a fast growing, ever changing, highly competitive market it is important that registered practitioners demonstrate their competitiveness through the ongoing participation in CPD. This should become a way of life.
3.1.1 By committing to the CPD programme the practitioner demonstrate:
Commitment to level of excellence;
Passion for occupation;
Desire to constantly improve;
Interest in the developments within the industry in terms of products, services and business management; and
Competence as a practitioner in running and/or contributing to the running of a sustainable business.
3.2 Benefits to the Designated Member/Practitioner
Participation in the CPD programme keeps the practitioners registration current. This provides employers, stakeholders and clients with a positive indication of commitment to the industry, business and own personal development.
Being up to date sets the practitioner apart and makes him/her highly desirable as an employee – it instills confidence from the clients and employer.
The use of the registered practitioners’ designation for example: Reg.NtHS/Reg.BtHS/Reg.BHS/Reg.SomS following his/her name is an indication of the STATUS as registered practitioner. The logo can be used on business cards and in business advertising.
3.3 Benefits to the Designated Members/Practitioners employer
Being a designated member/practitioner illustrates interest toward and passion for the industry and occupation. It proves that advise, products and services are up to date and current.
These practitioners also prove to be leaders in the industry by using the latest technology and thinking in their working environment.
The employer is assured that the affiliation of the employee with the industry and professional bodies keeps them in touch with what is happening in South Africa and at an international level.
The employer is able to rely on the professional input of practitioners because the compliance to the three criteria is proof from an objective, credible source that the practitioner is up to date, informed, passionate and committed to the industry.
3.4 Benefit to the Industry
The industry becomes self regulated. Greater pressure will be placed on qualified therapists to be registered as designated members. This type of self- regulation means that standards of excellence are established and maintained and that growth of the credibility and professionalism within the industry is guaranteed.
Non- or under-qualified practitioners trying to enter the industry without these credentials will eventually not be tolerated by clients, stakeholders and potential employers. This will maintain the high standard of professionalism expected during treatments.
4. CPD ACTIVITY
4.1 How many CPD Points are required for Registered Practitioners?
Registered Practitioners are required to obtain CPD points per membership cycle over one year. CPD points are allocated according the complexity and duration of a CPD activity.
4.2 Compulsory CPD activities
Practitioners are allowed great freedom when selecting CPD activities. However, the industry has agreed that the education and training component of the CPD is compulsory. A CPD calendar will therefore be set up by the industry professional bodies at the beginning of each year. Practitioners will need to ensure that they diarize and attend the scheduled CPD activities.
Participation will be recorded through the signing of a register. Failure to participate in events will result in the practitioner being de-registered.
4.3 Schedule of CPD activities
Each Designation has their own CPD Schedule.
5. THE PROCESS
Participation in the CPD program in four (4) easy steps
The four (4) steps:
5.1.1 Decide on CPD activities to participate in in order to achieve the points required.
Use the schedule of CPD activities and record the activities interested in, by using all four categories, on the CPD record card in the “planned” column.
5.1.2 Participate in planned activities from all four categories to accumulate the required points.
Execute activities planned. Make sure training dates are diarized and that you have registered for the events. Set realistic goals and stick to achieving them if activities like reading books or self-development activities were chosen.
5.1.3 Record participation by using the CPD record card.
Ensure the four categories are included and record all completed activities on CPD record card.
Include copies of evidence of participation in a file so that everything is kept on record and in an easily accessible place. The record card needs to be submitted once a year to the professional body responsible for managing CPD.
5.1.4 Monitor and Evaluate progress throughout the CPD period.
CPD progress should be checked quarterly to ensure the set out goals were achieved, are still achievable or further goals need to be set if not achieved. Highlight areas of concern and focus to achieve the number of CPD points that are necessary. CPD is a continuous process and not something done once a year in order to complete and submit the CPD record card.