A couple of years ago this column presented the “top ten” ways one could engage in continuing education activities that would ensure the certificant met the maintenance requirements of the NAPS certification program. Like a lot of things these days, that list has grown and now I’m pleased to present a dozen continuing education and professional development activities that CPCs and CTSs can use to qualify for annual recertification.
Before starting the list, readers are reminded that anyone certified by the National Association of Personnel Services after January 1, 1995 is required to submit evidence of 17 hours or 1.7 continuing education units (CEUs) on an annual basis, along with a $27 recertification fee. The annual renewal timetable was established as part of the certification program rules in 2009.
And now the 12 different avenues to continuing education:
- Participate in the NAPS National Conference at the Red Rock Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada (September 21-24, 2011) and earn up to 14 hours or .14 CEUs
- Read each bimonthly edition of The NAPS Credential (www.recruitinglife.com) and the links to the focus articles and earn one hour or .1 CEU.
- Participate in your state or chapter staffing association conference.
- Read a professional book and earn eight hours or .8 CEUs.
- Take a class at a local college or community college.
- Participate in an online webinar or distance learning activity.
- View a professional videotape.
- Listen to a professional audiotape.
- Enroll in one of the NAPS Independent Study Courses (http://www.recruitinglife.com/EduCert/ISC.cfm).
- Attend a seminar or workshop led by an industry expert.
- Participate in an in-house training or staff development program.
- Something NOT on this list that you should run by Frank Burtnett (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consideration and approval.
Time devoted to classes, conferences, webinars, reading and audio/video usage should be counted on a contact hour basis. An eight hour conference has a continuing education value of eight contact hours or .8 CEUs. Other activities can be counted the same way.
The most efficient way to track continuing education activities is to post the experience on the NAPS Continuing Education Log. Go to http://www.recruitinglife.com/pdfs/ceu_log_sheet.pdf and download a personal copy. Instructions for submitting continuing education activity each year are also found on the log.