WHAT ARE CPD PRE-APPROVED ACTIVITIES?
Some events may have CPD codes associated with them, and
these are considered CPD pre-approved events. Pre-approved
events can be identified by the HRPA CPD Pre-Approval logo.
If an event you attend has been pre-approved and issued a CPD
code, it has been determined that the event is an appropriate and
accepted CPD activity. You will be able to log these activities with
the CPD code through the online CPD log. That being said, if
you are randomly selected for an audit, you still must prove your
attendance at the event, but you will not need to prove its relevance
towards furthering your HR skills. If you attend a pre-approved
event, but do not have the code for some reason, you can always
go ahead and log the event manually like you would any non-pre-
approved activities. Please note that it is your responsibility to
keep track of any CPD codes you received for participating in pre-approved
HOW DO YOU LOG CPD ACTIVITIES AND SUBMIT
YOUR COMPLETED LOG TO HRPA?
In order to log CPD online, you need to log in to your HRPA
profile, visit your dashboard and then follow the link to access the
“Continuing Professional Development” area. You can only log
CPD activities from within your CPD period. Activities that were
completed before your CPD period started, or after your CPD
period was scheduled to end, will not count towards your CPD
obligation. Once you have logged 66.67 hours, a red submit but-ton
will appear at the top of the log. You must press this submit
button and then the CPD log will be sent to HRPA. No matter
how early you submit your log, your next CPD period will not
start until it was originally scheduled to.
The Office of the Registrar issues CPD reminder notifications, by
email, for members who are due to submit their CPD log by the
next May 31 deadline. These reminders are sent six months, three
months and one month in advance of the deadline. It is imperative
that you ensure that your contact information, which includes your
email address, is current and up-to date. Every designated mem-ber
is responsible to notify HRPA regarding any changes to their
membership profile. Failure to update your membership informa-tion
will result in missing out on important updates from HRPA
that may affect your designation, such as the CPD reminders.
THE CPD AUDIT
Every year, HRPA selects three percent of CPD submissions
at random to be audited by the CPD Committee. The selected
members are asked to submit supporting documentation to sub-stantiate
their logged activities. The committee will review the
supporting documentation to ensure the CPD obligation has
been met, i.e., that you have completed the required 66.67 hours
of CPD-appropriate activities. You should also keep records of all
your CPD activities on hand for two years after your CPD log was
due. If during the audit the CPD Committee has any concerns
with activities that you submitted for CPD hours, the committee
will reach out to you for clarification and work with you to resolve
the matter as quickly as possible to ensure you are able to success-fully
complete the audit. The intention of the audit is not to “catch”
members, but to ensure you participate in CPD-appropriate activ-ities
that allow you to continue to grow your HR skills.
FAILURE TO MEET YOUR CPD OBLIGATION
If you fail to meet your CPD obligation, your designation will be
suspended and then revoked. Before revocation occurs, you will
receive a series of notices, starting with the Notice of Impending
Suspension, to make sure you are aware that your CPD obliga-tion
has not yet been fulfilled. When members are revoked for
CPD non-compliance, so long as they maintain active registration
with HRPA (meaning they continue to be a member by complet-ing
the renewal questionnaire and paying their renewal dues), they
have up to two years to reinstate their designation. In order to re-instate
a designation for CPD non-compliance, you must submit
your CPD log for the period you missed, and you may be required
to submit supporting documentation for an audit. If an audit is
required before your designation can be reinstated, then your re-instatement
submission, including all supporting documentation,
will be given to the CPD Committee to determine whether the
CPD requirement has been met.
If your designation is revoked because you both failed to meet
the CPD requirement and your membership was not renewed,
then you would be subject to HRPA’s Reinstatement and Re-
Achievement Policy in order to re-achieve any designation you
were previously granted.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
For additional information about the CPD process along with re-lated
materials (e.g., CPD guide, CPD description log, and CPD
extension request form and policy), please visit the CPD section
of HRPA’s website.
The Office of the Registrar hosted a fall “How-To” webinar
about the CPD requirement. If you were unable to attend that
webinar, it is available on the website as an “on-demand” webinar
that can be viewed at any time. You may access the webinar here:
CPD on-demand webinar. n
Mara Berger is an associate registrar at the Office of the Registrar of
the Human Resources Professionals Association.
EVERY YEAR, HRPA SELECTS THREE PERCENT
OF CPD SUBMISSIONS AT RANDOM TO BE
AUDITED BY THE CPD COMMITTEE.
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