Guidance on CPD for an APC

Continuing Professional Development is an integral part of professional practice and relates to the tracking and documenting of the skills, knowledge and experience gained, both formally and informally, beyond any initial training. 

Best practice continually evolves; sometimes at what might seem to be a fast and furious pace.  Keeping an up to date and detailed CPD log enables you to track your involvement in your profession and helps to ensure that you keep abreast of developments and that your practice meets current guidelines.  

It is important that your CPD is not simply a ‘list’ of activities but rather it should provide an overview of each activity and, most notably, a reflection on what you have learned and how it has impacted on your practice. 

Regularly updating your CPD log will enable you to:

  • have an overview of your professional development to date;
  • identify any gaps in your skills and capabilities; and
  • remind you of your achievements and how far you've progressed.

CPD Requirements for maintaining certificates

For the purpose of an Assessment Practising Certificate

a minimum of twenty hours over the last three years is required and a minimum of five of the twenty hours must be delivered by SASC authorised providers.  To count towards meeting CPD requirements, the activity should be at an appropriate level and contribute to an SpLD assessor's general professional skill and knowledge. Time claimed for each activity should be realistic; time attributed to attendance at courses should not include the organised breaks (eg lunch hours); routine work is not considered to be CPD. 

To meet SASC guidelines for maintaining your Assessment Practising Certificate your CPD log should cover the following five areas:

A minimum of 5 Hours (Core) covering:

  • C 1 principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory
  • C 2 SpLD testing methods, interpretation and test materials

A minimum of 15 Hours (Supplementary), may contain more of C1 and C2, above, in addition to:

  • S 1 changes in regulations and legislation relating to SpLDs
  • S 2 developments in SpLD research
  • S 3 approaches to teaching and support for SpLD

Your CPD log should provide evidence of each area.  Any SASC approved CPD entry (ie, C1 and C2) must be accompanied by the correct date of the course, its correct title and the relevant SASC reference. (The SASC reference can be found on the certificate of attendance and / or the SASC website listing of CPD activities  http://www.sasc.org.uk/Events.aspx). Please note: copies of certificates must be kept in case they are required for audit purposes. Patoss may request to see your CPD training record and portfolio of evidence at any time. You should retain your training record and portfolio of evidence on file for a period of at least six years.

Your log can be managed using My CPD accessed via logging in to your account in the members’ area of the Patoss website.  

For the purpose of a Teaching Practising Certificate

a minimum of 20 hours CPD activity within the last three years, including reflection on what has been learned and the impact on your practice.  Activities undertaken here can also count toward CPD credit for an Assessment Practising Certificate. (For those jointly applying for an APC this CPD log minimum rises to a total of 25 hours - the other requirements of the APC stand.)  

Your log can be managed using My CPD accessed via logging in to your account in the members’ area of the Patoss website.  

Examples of activities which could count towards CPD credit

Structured CPD can include attending a training course, conference, workshop, seminar, lecture, e-learning course or CPD certified event.  Self-directed CPD covers: reading of documents, articles and publications (either in print or online); reading relevant publications, books by leading professionals; reading industry journals, such as the Patoss Bulletin; keeping abreast of updates on the SASC and Patoss websites.

All CPD must result in a reflective analysis on what has been learned and how the material may impact on practice.

  • Participation in courses: Preparing, delivering, and/or attending courses that are of particular relevance and benefit to an individual's area of work, and are a minimum of 60 minutes in length.
  • Coaching and mentoring sessions delivered face to face: Structured coaching sessions and structured mentoring sessions involving professional development, delivered face to face, of 30 minutes or more in length. These must have written aims and objectives, and a documented outcome. 
  • Coaching and mentoring sessions delivered from a distance: Structured coaching sessions and structured mentoring sessions involving professional development, delivered from a distance (eg by telephone, e-mail or skype), of 30 minutes or more in length. These must have written aims and objectives, and a documented outcome.
  • Writing on assessment or practice: For example, articles for journals, publications for in-house guidance, newspapers, the internet.
  • Work shadowing: Participation in structured work shadowing schemes with clear aims and objectives and requiring feedback or reflection on the shadowing activity.
  • Research: Research that relates to SpLD assessment and practice topics or has relevance to the practice/organisation and which results in some form of written document, presentation, questionnaire/survey, etc. 
  • Reading on SpLD assessment and practice topics: Reading on topics which inform practice, e.g. test manuals, books, professional journals, articles from the internet.
  • Listening to / watching audio / visual material on topics which inform practice.
  • Production of a dissertation: Study for or production of a dissertation counting towards a qualification recognised by Patoss.
  • Distance learning courses where there is provision for the answering of enquiries or for discussion: Distance-learning courses may be delivered by correspondence, DVD, video and audio cassettes, television or radio broadcasts and computer-based learning programmes
  • Preparation and delivery of training courses forming part of the process of SpLD assessment qualification or CPD training.
  • Participating in the development of specialist areas of SpLD assessment and practice by attending meetings of specialist committees and/or working parties of relevant professional or other competent bodies charged with such work
  • Study towards professional qualifications: Evidence of successful completion of course must be provided.

Remember: All CPD must result in a reflective analysis on what has been learned and how the material might impact on practice.  For every entry, it will be important to keep the following three questions in mind when completing your log:

  1. What have you learned?
  2. What would you change as a result?
  3. What has been the impact on your practice?

Your log can be managed using My CPD accessed via logging in to your account in the members’ area of the Patoss website.