Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Continuing your Professional Development and the AGI

One of the benefits that we offer to our members (that I have neglected to discuss so far) is the Continual Professional Development (CPD) scheme. CPD is a scheme which encourages people to continue learning and developing your professional skills over time.

Once you have got you initial qualifications and landed your dream (or at least acceptable) job it can be tempting to sit back and rest on your laurels. However the Geographic Information industry is one of rapid change and no one likes suddenly realising that they have been left behind by their professional peers. We help with this in two ways; firstly we can offer our members advice on which activities will qualify for the CPD scheme. Even better for those of you looking for a more structured approach we now offer our own AGI CPD scheme.

The AGI CPD scheme provides a way to record your attendance of training course, acquisition of new knowledge and to test your awareness of new technology.  At the end of each year, you will receive an official AGI certificate confirming your CPD record for that year enabling you to easily keep track of your progress. The good news for members is that the CPD scheme is now free for you to join!

CPD points can be gained for a wide variety of activities to reflect the broad base of interests and skills held by our members. We aim to be as transparent as possible about what we offer points for and why with detailed information available here. To give a brief overview you can earn points for activities as varied as attending lectures or giving a presentation to authoring GI/GIS reports for your employer. Effectively you can work towards your CPD by just doing your job well which is quite convenient!

We are looking to change and improve the CPD scheme in the future (more to be revealed at the conference)  so this is definitely worth getting involved with if you want to keep up to date in the GI industry.

If you have any experience or feedback of the CPD scheme please get in touch!



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