Continuing Professional Development is maintaining and broadening the profession's skill base and standards.
History of IAI CPD
The need for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) within the IAI has been recognised since its inception. The need for CPD was identified in the 2002 Profile of the Archaeological Profession document and a pilot programme was undertaken in 2005. Funding was secured for a Development Officer in 2008 and Dr Eoin Sullivan developed a CPD programme over two years CPD 2008-2010.In March 2011 the Christine Baker was appointed as CPD Co-ordinator & Administrator and 10 CPD events were held and attended by 104 participants, IAI members and non IAI members alike CPD 2011 document. The 2012 programme saw a 40% rise in parcipation in IAI CPD 2012 CPD Programme
Aims of the IAI CPD Programme
· Provision of high quality relevant training
· Upskilling of archaeological practitioners in discipline developments
· Maintenance, development and adherence to best practice standards
· Prevention of stagnation-professional and personal
Value of the IAI CPD Programme
The inherent value of the IAI CPD programme is that it is tailored specifically for practitioners within the profession. It provides value-for-money, high quality training that is specific and relevant to archaeologists and heritage specialists. The IAI CPD programme is based primarily on consultation with members of the profession and is developed in response to their needs.
IAI CPD Requirement: 40 hours or 5 days per year.
What counts as CPD?
The value of CPD to the particular individual is based on its relevance to them so if an undertaking develops your skill base, adds to your sum of professional knowledge or the archaeological knowledge base as a whole-it is CPD.
For record purposes there are five main areas:
1. Training-attendance or giving of conferences, lectures, IAI CPD event, training courses etc.
2. Professional/Institutional Activities-serving on committees, councils, think-tanks, IAI Board, lectures for organisations, local societies etc.
3. Publication & Communication-writing, editing, peer-reviewing, articles, books, exhibitions, newspaper pieces, etc.
4. Post-grad Education-relevant masters etc.
5. Miscellaneous-to include up to one day of structured reading.
It is proposed that only full members undertake mandatory CPD. Mandatory CPD is necessary as a foundation for a cohesive structure and standards within the profession. Mandatory CPD is also linked to maintaining levels of professional competence and ensures that members skills are kept up-to-date.
Members who are restricted (parental leave/illness/carers etc.) can fulfil their CPD requirement over 2 years.
Those full members who no longer have an active involvement in archaeology or find that CPD is not relevant to them may wish to consider transferring to Associate Membership.
Mandatory CPD must be approved by the members in accordance with the Articles of Association. IAI Articles 2012
CPD Record IAI CPD Record Sheet 2013
Any system needs to be measurable and the CPD Record is designed to be flexible and easy to use. In all 40 hours of relevant CPD are required. Those who are restricted (parental leave/illness/carers etc.) can fulfil. There are a number of provisos
-actual time spent in CPD activities should be recorded
-structured reading is confined to 1 day (8 hours).
CPD & Membership
Commitment to CPD and participation in CPD activity will be viewed favourably in new membership applications and upgrading to full membership.
CPD Registration & Cancellation Policy
IAI operates a pre-payment policy via cheque, bank transfer or Paypal.
A minimum of 10 participants are required for CPD events to proceed. In the event of cancellation through lack of participation those who have pre-paid will be refunded.
There will be no refunds on participant cancellations recieved between the end of registration and the event.
If you are unable to make it on the day please have the courtesy to inform the CPD Co-ordinator.
The Continuing Professional Development position is funded through the support of the Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht