The requirement for the completion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by all Full and Associate members of the IFPA is an historical requirement which carried through from the merger of the ISPA and RQA. Completion of CPD was also a requirement for membership to the Aromatherapy Council.
CPD is the systematic maintainance, improvement and broading of knowledge and skill and developement of personal qualities necessary for excellence of practice within the field of aromatherapy. Members are encouraged to maximise their potential for life-time employability, by maintaining high levels of professional competence by continually upgrading their skills and knowledge. Our IFPA accredited schools offer regular courses in many disciplines in CPD. CPD course dates
IFPA have recently introduced a new scheme 'CPD Approved Centres'. Members who have tutor status can now offer IFPA approved CPD programmes (usually one or two days on a specific topic of interest) and can use the IFPA logo on their awards. Already accredited training schools can, of course, continue to offer CPD programmes and use the logo. We are hoping that some new trainers will come forward to offer CPD.
Please note that this new arrangement is only for CPD courses. It is not for full professional training programmes where the school pricipal has to have a minimum of five years continuous aromatherapy practice.
Our commitment for the completion of CPD by all our members reinforces our professional standards to other similar professions, helping to ensure that our members are both expertly trained and act in a professional manner at all times.
In 2007 a review of CPD took place to ensure that it remains in line with other similar therapy organisations. The result of this was to change to yearly reporting, a points system and the production of evidence based portfolios. A CPD activity sheet have been produced and issued to all members outlining the points criteria and CPD activites.
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