Guidelines for CPD Activities
Developing a Personal Plan
Activities should be chosen as part of an overall professional development plan designed to enhance the NCSP’s knowledge in several foundation areas. Plan a variety of activities that emphasize learning, including workshop experiences, coursework, presentations, self-study, program development, or research. These activities should exceed the ordinary requirements of employment. Please review recent changes to the CPD requirements for renewal in developing your plan.
Evaluating the Benefit of CPD Activities
Applicants may evaluate and select CPD activities, and may claim the activities for CPD credit, without contacting NASP for preapproval. There are four questions to ask when evaluating an activity to determine if it may be claimed for CPD credit. If you can answer “yes” to all four of the following questions, you may claim CPD credit for the activity:
- Did the activity enhance or upgrade my professional skills or add to my knowledge base?
- Was the activity relevant to the professional practice of school psychology?
- Did the activity fit into my personal plan for continuing professional development?
- Did the activity go beyond the ordinary aspects of my employment?
One CPD credit is defined as one contact hour or an actual clock hour (60 minutes) spent in direct participation, as a learner, in a structured educational format.
For purposes of NCSP renewal, CPD credits are valid for a 36-month period after they are earned. The 3-year period is counted backward from the month in which your renewal application is submitted to the NASP office. For example, if the renewal application is submitted in June of 2011, credits earned from June of 2008 through June of 2011 would be accepted for that renewal cycle. Credits from a previous renewal cycle may not be resubmitted. Credits above the required 75 hours may not be carried over to the next renewal cycle.
The following forms of documentation are acceptable: