Challenges to Anticipate when Preparing to Implement a Continuing Professional Development Program

  • 06 Apr 2100
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This webinar will cover the following points concerning important elements of a Continuing Professional Development Program and a discussion of the associated challenges that organizations may face.

1. Programs should meet the “APPLE” criteria (first articulated by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards):

  • Administratively Feasible
  • Publicly Credible
  • Professionally Acceptable
  • Legally defensible
  • Economically Affordable

2. Continuing Education (CE) is an important element incorporated into many if not most CPD programs, but it is NOT a surrogate for demonstrating current competence.

3. Comprehensive CPD programs contain the following elements:

  • Periodic Assessment (sometimes self-assessment, sometimes third party assessment) the purpose of which is to identify knowledge and skills gaps.
  • An individualized plan to address and shore up those clinical practice areas or knowledge gaps identified in the assessment.
  • Implementation of the plan by methods acceptable to the agency imposing the CPD program as a condition of retaining one’s license or certification.
  • Documentation that the plan has indeed been implemented.
  • Periodic Demonstrations of current competence by methods acceptable to the licensing or credentialing body.

4. Licensing boards and certification organizations face many challenges as they develop a CPD program.They include:

  • Preparing the practitioners for the new program, and overcoming what many believe to be the greatest challenge, namely practitioner resistance. Important to have a communication program developed and in place from the beginning.
  • Timing: how much lead time before the new program becomes operational?
  • Will a written test be included in the program? For assessment? Pass-fail? What method of feedback to test takers? If pass/fail, what consequences for failure?
  • What are the costs (a) to the organization and (b) to the practitioner? What new types of staffing will be necessary for the organization to hire to administer the program? Can volunteers be utilized, and if so, in what manner?
  • For licensing boards, is new authorizing legislation necessary?
  • How will existing mandatory CE requirements (if any) be incorporated into the new program?
  • Will current licensees/certificate holders be grandfathered? If so, what parameters?
  • What methods will be required/allowed for assessment? For implementing an improvement plan? For demonstrating current competence? Will they be evidence-based?
  • At the outset, will periodic demonstrations of current competence be included, or will that final step of a complete CPD program be put off until a later date?

Presenter:
David Swankin, President, Citizen Advocacy Center

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