Rules for Continuing Professional Development (CPD

RULES FOR CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
VERSION: MARCH 2016
1. DEFINITIONS
1.1. The terms in these rules shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them as stated in the Global Network Group (GNG) list of terms and definitions.
2. NAME
2.1. These regulations bear the following name: Rules for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
3. OBJECTIVES
3.1. The objectives of these rules and regulations are:

3.1.1. IN GENERAL
  • to achieve a permanent process of education, schooling and training.
3.1.2. FOR THE PROFESSIONAL GROUP
  • to promote the quality of the professional group.
  • to promote the image of the professional group.
  • to promote the confidence in the professional group.
  • objectify expectations, standards (requirements), testing and maintenance.
3.1.3. FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDER
  • give support to personal intensification and broadening of the scope of the certificate holder(s).
  • maintain and keep up-to-date the personal expertise, the knowledge and the skills of the certificate holder(s).
4. RELEVANCE
4.1. These regulations apply to all (associate & full) certificate holders.
4.2. Suspension does not release the certificate holder from the obligations which result from these regulations.
4.3. When the certificate holder falls short of the obligations which result from these regulations this is reason for suspension and/or dispossession of certification and/or the non-assignment of (re)certification.
5. CATEGORIES
5.1. The regulations distinguish five CPD categories:

5.1.1. CATEGORY ONE: EDUCATION
  • To participate in acknowledged education or training and rounding off this education by means of an exam or test, all within the scope of the certificate holder.
5.1.2. CATEGORY TWO: IN-DEPTH ACTIVITIES & TRAINING
  • To attend or take part in exhibitions, conferences, congresses, intervision groups, seminars, specific meetings, workshops as well as acknowledged education and training which are not rounded off with an exam or a test, all within the scope of the certificate holder.
5.1.3. CATEGORY THREE: PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • To act as supervisor, teacher, speaker, researcher, tutor, patron or trainer within the scope of the certificate holder, this also includes offering opportunities for training, study, experience and research.
5.1.4. CATEGORY FOUR: PR AND COMMUNICATION
  • To publish articles, research papers, reports and accounts in popular or scientific magazines, specialist journals or specialist periodicals, all within the scope of the certificate holder.
5.1.5. CATEGORY FIVE: GENERAL INTEREST
  • To execute activities or duties for the purpose of the branch or the occupational group within the scope of the certificate holder, such as: executing public duties and responsibilities, executing administrative duties and responsibilities, executing other duties and responsibilities within organizations, public administration, clubs and foundations.
6. RATING OF SCORES
6.1. The CPD will be considered as an educational model.
6.2. The CPD is a dynamic process of education which will develop over time and with deepening insight.
6.3. The CPD will be marked on the basis of a scoring system.
6.4. The CPD activity can belong to one or more CPD categories.
6.5. The CPD scoring system only recognizes full marks (CPD points).
6.6. Every CPD point equals 1 shift. One shift is made up of one hour on the clock. The committee for training & education awards the number of clockhours to each CPD activity, education or training. For this purpose the committee for training & education can base themselves either on the actual number of hours on the clock (shifts), a fixed number of hours on the clock (shifts) or a combination of both.
6.7. The committee for training & education recommends the GNG management with regard to the assessment of the CPD evaluation of points.
6.8. The committee for training & education can set further conditions or impose limits to the CPD evaluation of points.
6.9. CPD evaluation of points can be awarded for a certain period and can be withdrawn, changed or suspended (interrupted) at any time.
7. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND GRANTS
7.1. GNG is in charge of the acknowledgement of trainers, courses and exercises.
7.2. The training committee recommends the GNG management with regard to the mentioned acknowledgements.
7.3. An objection against a CPD recommendation of the committee for training & education can be lodged with the GNG management.
7.4. Further conditions can be laid down against CPD acknowledgements and costs may be charged.
7.5. CPD acknowledgements can be awarded for a certain period and can be withdrawn, changed and suspended (interrupted) at any time.
8. REGISTRATION
8.1. GNG is obliged to start a CPD registration infrastructure.
8.2. The certificate holder is obliged to register its CPD per CPD period. For this purpose the certificate holder keeps records of the CPD in the personal CPD registration system and the certificate holder is obliged to retain the underlying CPD evidence for the duration of the entire current certification period increased by two contiguous calendar years as well as show the accompanying CPD evidence at first request to GNG or to an audit organization appointed by GNG.
8.3. The following items will be acknowledged as PE evidence:
  • original certificate, diploma, certificate or proof of attendance
  • admission ticket
  • statements
  • copies of articles and documents
  • all other evidence that is acceptable to GNG
8.4. The CPD registration per certificate holder is not open to the public and can only be accessed by the certificate holder himself and by GNG and by GNG appointed or authorized auditors.
8.5. If the attended CPD has not yet been acknowledged by GNG and/or the committee for training & education has not yet recommend a CPD rating, the certificate holder is obliged to submit a request to do so with GNG and/or the committee for training & education.
8.6. A request can be:
  • denied
  • accepted
9. PERIODS AND REQUIREMENTS
9.1. The CPD period equals a calendar year or a by GNG determined period.
9.2. The CPD year starts on 1 January and ends on 31 December.
9.3. The CPD period starts and ends as determined by GNG.
9.4. If the certificate holder is certified after 1 January no CPD obligations apply in this 1st year of registration.
9.5. All certificatesholders must comply with the CPD obligations as determined by GNG and stated in these Rules.
9.6. GNG determines for all registers on the CPD obligations for all certificateholders.
9.7. CPD obligations for all registers can vary for profession, status, type and subtype.
9.8. CPD obligations include obtaining CPD points and other CPD obligations, such as the registration of a specific number of client assignments.
9.9. If the certificate holder has a surplus of CPD points at the end of the CPD period or CPD year, this surplus will be settled with the CPD obligation for the previous CPD period | year (carry back) and/or next CPD period | year (carry forward), however to the maximum in periods or years as determined by GNG.
9.10. Associate certificateholders will be audited on CPD when the associate period expires or when an upgrade request is filed for the full status.
9.11. If a certificateholder is registered and certified for a limited period the CPD audit will be done when the request for recertification is flied.
9.12. If a certificateholder is registed and certified for a unlimited period the CPD audit will be done at least once per period of 5 calenderyears.
9.13. If the certificate holder has not met the obligations as laid down in these regulations at the end of the CPD period or year, the certificate holder will get the opportunity to yet fulfil the obligations during one calendar year. The obligations of the certificate holder in the following new continuous CPD period or year remain undiminished. If necessary the (re)certification will be awarded provisionally. The aforementioned year starts on the first day after the CPD period finishes. If the certificate holder has not met the requirements according to these regulations at the end of aforementioned year, the certification will be taken away from the certificate holder.
9.14. Appeal against the dispossession of the certification on the grounds of these regulations can be lodged with the quality standards committee in the certificate holder’s scope.
10. EXEMPTIONS AND CONCURRENCE
10.1. A complete or partial exemption of the obligations can be granted to the certificate holder according to these regulations.
10.2. To this effect, the certificate holder needs to submit a written request to GNG. A thorough motivation and justification have to be included in this request.
10.3. A request can be:
  • denied
  • accepted
  • partially accepted
  • conditionally accepted
10.4. Certificateholders with the 'honorary' and 'specialist' status are exempt for CPD.
10.5. Concurrence can be seen as the compliance of the certificate holder to the none GNG CPD programs for other professions or activities than for which the certificate holder has been certified by GNG.
10.6. At the request of the certificate holder GNG can decide to accept parts of none GNG CPD programs instead of the GNG CPD in order to meet the obligations of the certificate holder.
10.7. A request of exemption or concurrence can, among other things, be tested against the objective as stated in article four of these regulations.
11. ARCHIVE AND INFORMATION
11.1. GNG is in charge of registering all documents (the archive) which are linked to these regulations and its execution. This also includes all CPD files.
11.2. The archive mentioned in article 11.1 is not accessible for third parties and non-certificate holders.
12. FINAL CLAUSES
12.1. Liability. GNG does not accept any liability whatsoever for actions and/or behaviour resulting from this document. GNG emphatically denies liability of any kind.
12.2. Authority. GNG is authorized to set and alter this code.
12.3. Confidentiality. GNG, its management, its committees as well as individual committee members are obliged to keep their knowledge of certificate holders and/or third parties, information regarding companies, agencies, and any organizations and/or persons about which they have information as a result of their role within GNG strictly confidential. Any breach of confidentiality is grounds for the removal of the person from his/her position and if they are certificate holders grounds for examination of compatibility with the code of conduct and the standing rules regulating complaints and disciplinary action.
12.4. Disputes. Should a dispute occur because this code does not or does not adequately cover a situation, GNG is authorized without prejudice to the provisions of the articles of association to leave no stone unturned to alter the statutes of GNG. If the GNG does not settle the dispute, the dispute will be subject to mediation. If mediation is not successful, the dispute will be brought before a Dutch court.
12.5. Multilingual. In cases where more than one language is in use, English will be the language of choice.
12.6. Law. This code shall be governed by Dutch law only.