CPD: The waiting game
It is generally accepted that CPD requirements must be:
- accessible to all (cost-effective),
- flexible, and
Measured against these categories the SADTC’s CPD requirements falls far short as the rules are draconian and very user-unfriendly towards the profession.
The maximum threshold for CEUs in certain categories is a case in point. When bench marking against other councils like the Pharmacy Council, The South African Council for Social Service Professions, The South African Institute for Professional Accountants , The Actuarial Society and most importantly the HPCSA with its TWELVE professional boards, none of them have a maximum threshold for CEUs in a category.
By removing the maximum CEUs per category and making it possible to obtain all the CEUs from the Journal the SADTC will go a long way in making CPD achievable and accessible to all in the profession.
DENTASA also requested the SADTC to allow the technicians to complete the SADTJ questionnaires of the 2014/2015 period to make up their CEU short fall, this will also be discussed at the planned workshop.
In light of the above DENTASA requested that Mariaan Roets be allowed to attend and give her valued input at their proposed workshop which was supposed to have been held in March. It is now the middle May and we are still waiting for any feedback from Council, seven months after our initial letters.
Our request to publish the SADTC newsletters and annual report in order for technicians to gain Ethic and Business points by completing the questionnaires was prohibited. We regret this decision as it would have made it possible for technicians in the rural areas to earn their Ethics and Business CEUs much easier and cheaper.
Half of this year is almost gone, we need clarity on the above issues, the CPD compliance rate is abysmal, let’s make it reasonable, achievable, fair, accessible, transparent, flexible and inclusive. It is possible.
Ms. Roets attended the CPD workshop representing DENTASA. We suggested the following to make it easier for technicians to comply, for service providers to apply and for the Council to administer:
1. Abolish maximum threshold per category
2. Make Ethics and Business CEUs available in accredited publications and other media
3. Simplify accreditation proces
4. That technicians be given a chance to get the required CEU’s for 2014/2015 by completing the 2014/2015 questionnaires in the SADTJ
The CPD Committee discussed the requests after the workshop in their meeting and will make recommendations to the Council. The next SADTC meeting is 15 July.
How are the CEUs calculated for the Journal?
The Journal (SADTJ) falls under Category B: (Measurable) Training and Publications: Dental Technology and related fields, sub-category B8.
A maximum of 20 of the required CEUs may be obtained/claimed from this category but not more than 10 from any sub-category, with the exception of B4 which may not exceed 20 CEU’s
Answer/complete multiple-choice questionnaires (MCQ) in journals, including electronic journals and or professional association News Letters with required pass mark.
70% is needed to pass and 0.2 CEU per standard page of prescribed reading and 0.2 CEU per question is awarded.
|Journal Number||View Journal Link||Submit Answers Link|
|SADTJ Volume 6 Q3||View Journal||Submit Answers (8.6 CEUs)|
|View Journal (Dropbox)|
|SADTJ Volume 6 Q2||View Journal||Submit Answers (10 CEUs)|
|View Jounal (Dropbox)|
|SADTJ Volume 6 Q1||View Journal||Submit Answers (17 CEUs)|
|View Journal (Dropbox)|
|SADTJ Volume 5 Q4||View Journal (Dropbox)||Submit Answers (6.8 CEUs)|
|SADTJ Volume 5 Q3||View Journal||Submit Answers|
|SADTJ Volume 5 Q2||n/a||Submit Answers|
|SADTJ Volume 5 Q1||n/a||Submit Answers|
|SADTJ Volume 4 Q4||n/a||Submit Answers|
|SADTJ Volume 4 Q3||n/a||Submit Answers|