"As a member of ITI you commit to adhere to and uphold the Code of Professional Conduct, which requires members to ‘continue to offer the highest possible standards of work by maintaining and updating their language skills, subject knowledge, or any other skills or knowledge necessary for their work.’"
As professional linguists we do our best to keep our skills and knowledge up to date and keep abreast of current developments. Our professional associations are keen to assist and to promote a culture of lifelong learning and skills development. For ITI members, the minimum recommended number of hours is 30 per year, which may be split between formal (lectures and courses for which accreditation is given) and informal. Activities may relate to translation or interpreting, and cover language knowledge, subject knowledge, business, or promoting the profession - for example by assisting with ITI events or networks, or speaking in schools. Many of these activities may be organised through ITI itself, or as a result of membership. CPD undertaken can be logged in an online record on the ITI website, and a certificate, as shown above, is automatically generated when 30 hours have been completed. The year in question relates to the membership year, running from May each year.
Guidance for CPD from CIOL states:
"CPD is a form of life-long learning for professionals. It helps conscientious practitioners to maintain and develop their knowledge, skills and expertise. CPD is not mandatory for CIOL members, but strongly encouraged. It is however a mandatory requirement of Chartered Linguist registration."
For CIOL, CPD can take many forms: courses, reading, writing, listening, visits, volunteering, business and IT skills. CIOL also has a useful plan for effective CPD:
Reflect: take stock of your achievements, capabilities, shortcomings and priorities.
Plan: what CPD activities will help you bring about the required actions you have identified? Consider prioritising these.
Act: carry out the activities. Recording details of each activity and learning outcomes as they happen helps with the other steps.
Evaluate: how well have the actions met your aims? What impact have the activities had on your business, and how would you evaluate this impact? This evaluation will inform the next cycle of reflection, planning and action.
CIOL has a downloadable CPD record that can be used to log CPD activities.
The following books are recommended for further reading:
Friedman, A. L. (2013) Continuing Professional Development: Lifelong Learning of Millions, London: Routledge
Moon, J. (2006) Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development, London: Routledge
This post is the second in our series on CPD, the first, "What's the point of Continuing Professional Development" is here.