The NZSTA Board are pleased to introduce members to the new continuing professional development (CPD) framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure members maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills. The CPD framework provides members with minimum standards and a tool to document their professional development activity against the NZSTA values and demonstrate a commitment to bicultural practice.
Participation in the CPD Framework is a requirement for all full members.
When does this new framework take effect?
The new CPD framework is backdated to 1 January 2022. This means all members regardless of where they were in their CPD cycle are beginning again on 1 January for a three-year cycle.
What is not changing?
- Commitment to cultural competence
- Commitment to quality lifelong learning
- Three-year cycle of CPD
- Ability to record CPD online
- Range of activities that can be recorded as CPD
- The requirement for meeting the CPD framework is the same regardless of the hours you work. This process is about quality of learning and reflection.
What is different in this new CPD framework?
- All professional development activities are to be linked to one of the NZSTA values: kotahitanga, whanaungatanga, rangatiratanga, and aroha.
- All CPD activity is assigned units (not points) – 60 units per annum and 180 units over three years.
- The minimum number of units per annum must be made up of:
– Supervision (as per NZSTA supervision policy) – minimum eight units per year.
– Bicultural practice – a development activity that demonstrates a commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi – minimum ten units per year.
– Other unit areas will be reflective of personal learning goals – minimum of 42 units per year.
- Members will be advised each October, how well they are tracking to gain the minimum units. At the end of each year, members will be alerted if they need to make up units before one year can be completed and the next year of CPD activity initiated.
- A supervision log is to be maintained separately (as per the NZSTA supervision policy).
- Field educators who supervise students gain units.
- A key focus of this framework is on reflective practice, whereby a practitioner ensures that they reflect on their actions to engage in the process of continuous learning.
- You will be able to upload evidence of activities, as well as download your list of CPD activities – which might be useful for your annual performance review.
When will the new CPD log be available online?
The NZSTA continuing professional development log is an online data collection system for members to record their ongoing professional development activities.
The date when the new CPD framework is up, and running is yet to be advised – we have spent a lot of time with the developers working out how we want the CPD framework to work online and it is still a work in progress.
In the interim we are asking all members to maintain their own manual records as we will be unable to transfer from the old database into the new.
How do I know how many units to allocate?
This will be fully explained in the full CPD Framework. As an example:
- Participation in NZSTA area meetings = 2 units
- A full day of formal education activity = 6 units
- Self-directed learning activities = 2 units per hour
When will there be audits?
The NZSTA Board have taken the decision to start audits in early 2023.