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    1. 1. Continuing Professional Development in the Fire Industry The Institution of Fire Engineers (Canada Branch) Annual Seminar June 16 th , 2005
    2. 2. Andrew W. Wong DMS, MBA, C FIFireE, FIMgt, FITD, CFPS, CF EI, CFII
    3. 3. Outline of Presentation <ul><li>Understanding CPD in general </li></ul><ul><li>Current requirements for CPD activities </li></ul><ul><li>Institution of Fire Engineer’s approach to CPD activities </li></ul><ul><li>Developing CPD policies </li></ul><ul><li>CPD in the Fire Industry </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is Continuing Professional Development? <ul><li>Professional growth </li></ul><ul><li>Public interest </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Due diligence </li></ul><ul><li>An area that is currently receiving considerable attention and discussion by professional associations </li></ul>
    5. 5. Mandatory or Voluntary? <ul><li>Mandatory because of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>licence requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>re-certification requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Voluntary because of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>due diligence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>professsionalism </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Relationship between CPD and the Professional <ul><li>CPD is directly related to Professionalism. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Professionalism <ul><li>“ the skill or qualities required or expected of members of a profession” </li></ul><ul><li>(The Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge of professionalism: </li></ul><ul><li>To stay on top of the ever increasing knowledge base and public expectation. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Professional <ul><li>“ A person qualified or employed in one of the professions.” </li></ul><ul><li>(The Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 2000) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Assumptions <ul><li>All professionals are assumed to be technically competent and managerially capable. </li></ul><ul><li>Professionals are those people who make things happen, while the amateurs either watch things happen or didn’t know that things had happened. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Competency Gap <ul><li>Not yet competent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>unconscious incompetency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conscious incompetency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Competent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>conscious competency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>unconscious competency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No longer competent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>unconscious incompetency </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. The Learning Cycle <ul><li>The Learning Curve </li></ul><ul><li>Plateau of competence </li></ul><ul><li>Half life of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Developing body of knowledge </li></ul>
    12. 12. Lifetime of Learning <ul><li>No one organization will provide all the necessary CPD events required to meet the development needs of an individual. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no one best way in </li></ul><ul><li>continuing professional development. </li></ul>
    13. 13. No Requirements for CPD <ul><li>Certified Fire Prevention Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Company Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Training Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Registered Fire Alarm Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Engineers of Ontario </li></ul>
    14. 14. Example of CPD Requirements Over 3 years since 1996 Over 2 years since 1999 125 CPD hours 100 CPD hours (Discipline applies for non-compliance) Certified General Accounts Ontario Association of Architects Over 3 years 60 CPD hours Certified Management Accountants Annually since 2004 20 CPD hours Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    15. 15. Example of CPD Requirements Over 3 years since 1998 105 CPD hours Association of Architectural Technologist of ON Over 5 years 400 CPD hours Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of CAN Over 3 years Annually 240 CPD hours Min. 60 hours Association of Professional Geoscientists of ON
    16. 16. CPD Requirements In The Fire Industry 265 hours over 5 years (min. 53 hours per year) 165 hours to Standards 100 hours to dept. req’t Certified Firefighters, Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal Certification Program 650 hours over 5 years (min. 130 hours per year) 450 hours to Standards 200 hours to dept. req’t Certified Career Firefighter, Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal Certification Program
    17. 17. CPD Requirements In The Fire Industry Over 3 years Annually 75 CPD hours Min. 10 hours Institution of Fire Engineers (Recommendation only) Over 3 years 50 CPD hours Certified Fire Protection Specialist Over 5 years 40 CPD hours Certified Fire & Explosion Investigators
    18. 18. Principles of CPD <ul><li>Essential to effective performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire suppression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rescue: land, sea, air </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patient care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Code enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plans examination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public education </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. IFE’s definition of CPD since 1996 <ul><li>The systematic Maintenance, Improvement, and Broadening of </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Personal qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout the practitioner’s working life </li></ul>
    20. 20. Fundamental Reasons for CPD <ul><li>1. To demonstrate that existing knowledge and skills are being regularly refreshed in order to maintain existing competency. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Fundamental Reasons for CPD <ul><li>2. To acquire new knowledge and develop more skills necessary in order to keep up with developments in fire engineering. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Fundamental Reasons for CPD <ul><li>To acquire new underpinning knowledge and skills that may be necessary for career development. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Recommended Level of CPD Activities <ul><li>25 hours per annum of formal study time, or equivalent. </li></ul><ul><li>Total 75 hours in 3 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not less than 10 hours per annum </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Hour For Hour Formal Study <ul><li>Formal college courses </li></ul><ul><li>Training courses </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturing on such courses </li></ul><ul><li>Attending seminars or conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Desk top command & control exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing articles for publication </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings of a professional nature </li></ul>
    25. 25. 2 for 1 Informal Study Activities <ul><li>Reading professional journals and books </li></ul><ul><li>Updating knowledge through informal study of relevant subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Organized visits to sites or buildings which demonstrate or illustrate fire engineering processes, or protection systems </li></ul>
    26. 26. Validation Of CPD Activities <ul><li>By IFE </li></ul><ul><li>By other professional organizations </li></ul><ul><li>By employers </li></ul>
    27. 27. Success of CPD Activities <ul><li>Record </li></ul><ul><li>Validation </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul>
    28. 28. 1969 1979 1989 1999 2005 1982 DMS 1989 MBA 1996 CFEI 1998 CFAA 1999 CFII 1974 GIFE 1978 FP & Op. Comm. 1983 Arson Detection 1978 CAA 1978 MIFE 1985 Div. Command 1989 Mgt & Pub. Adm. 1990 FIFE 1996 Adult Education 2002 CFPS 2004 ASSE 2005 OBC CPD CPD 2003 CFIFE 1969 Basic Offr. Trg. 1971 Adv. Offr. Trg. 1969 IFE Student
    29. 29. Examples of CPD Activities <ul><li>Technical and professional conferences, lectures, workshops, courses and seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching/tutoring/monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Open distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing articles for publication </li></ul>
    30. 30. Examples of CPD Activities <ul><li>In-house and inter professional study meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded on-the-job research </li></ul><ul><li>Supervised research for further qualification </li></ul><ul><li>Service on technical and professional committees </li></ul>
    31. 31. Examples of Others CPD Policies
    32. 32. Planning Institute of B.C. CPD System Guide <ul><li>Bylaw 10.0 (approved May 8 th , 2003) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10.0 CPD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10.1 In order to better serve the public, each member shall undertake mandatory CPD and shall report on that professional development to the Institute. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10.2 Council shall establish rules for the reporting and monitoring of, and types of professional activities deemed acceptable. </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. Canadian Institute of Actuaries CPD Requirements <ul><li>Started consultation in 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>Target implementation date: Jan 1 st , 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of Purpose and Guiding Principles, 1993 – G.P. #2 states: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To ensure that services are provided by qualified individuals, the Institute shall maintain publicly visible programs and procedures for the attainment and maintenance of professional qualification by its members. </li></ul></ul>
    34. 34. Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario <ul><li>CPD – A Guidebook for Practising and Limited Members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By Law No. 7, APGO Council: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initially, the APGO program will be voluntary; however, one year after implementation of the voluntary program, it will become mandatory. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary period commences Jan 1 st , 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandatory program commences Jan 1 st , 2006 </li></ul></ul>
    35. 35. Institute of Continuing Professional Development (UK) <ul><li>Fellowship for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Army personnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>members of the Chartered Institute of Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>subscribers of the Bar Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors </li></ul></ul>
    36. 36. The Fire Industry <ul><li>We are in a most respectable profession. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to cope with an extremely wide range of knowledge base. </li></ul><ul><li>We are expected by the public as professionals. </li></ul><ul><li>We kept being challenged by other professionals and the courts. </li></ul>
    37. 37. Training in the Fire Industry <ul><li>We are always playing catch-up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With apparatus and equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fire departments and private companies are generally limited to providing in-house training for critical job performance. </li></ul>
    38. 38. CPD in the Fire Industry <ul><li>It’s a personal responsibility. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To stay professional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s an organizational responsibility. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To provide professional services to the public and clients </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Learning Organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An organization in which people at all levels, individually and collectively, are continually increasing their capacity to produce results they really care about. </li></ul></ul>
    39. 39. CPD in the Fire Industry <ul><li>To sustain professionalism and growth in today’s environment, the fire industry should consider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>establishing CPD policy and guideline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>offering CPD activities to a wider audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organizing cross-disciplinary CPD activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>providing value-added CPD activities </li></ul></ul>
    40. 40. Available Fire and Life Safety related CPD Providers <ul><li>The Institution of Fire Engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Fire Safety Association </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Fire Alarm Association </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Association of Fire Investigators </li></ul><ul><li>Add your own list here: </li></ul>
    41. 41. Useful Websites Planning Institute of British Columbia Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario Institute of Continuing Professional Development The Institution of Fire Engineers
    42. 42. Useful Websites The Informal Education Website on The Learning Organization Ontario Association of Architects Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario Canadian Institute of Actuaries