Continuous Professional Development
By Robert A. Biehl, CCIFP, ICCIFP Chairman
As I mentioned in the March/April 2015 issue, my focus as Chairman of the Institute is on continuous improvement; a great way to promote that platform is through promoting professional development.
Professional development enables CCIFPs to maintain their industry knowledge and perform quality work. All CCIFPs are required to participate in professional development activities totaling at least 72 credits over a period of three years. These professional development requirements can be earned both inside and outside of the classroom.
For recertification purposes, one CPE credit is equal to one professional development credit. Although there are many ways to earn credits “inside the classroom,” here are two in particular:
CFMA offers a variety of opportunities for continuing education through monthly webinars, group live seminars, and conferences (e.g., CFMA’s Annual Conference, AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference, CFMA’s regional conferences, and chapter meetings). For more information on CFMA’s education, visit www.cfma.org/education.
Also, the ICCIFP recently formed an agreement with the Business Learning Institute (BLI) that enables CCIFPs to earn credits for all of the courses offered. Be sure to mention the ICCIFP as the “Referring Partner/Organization” when registering and use coupon code “CCIFP15” to receive a 15% discount on the entire on-demand educational catalogue. For more information, visit blionline.org/services/course-catalog.
CCIFPs also have a unique opportunity to earn credits outside the classroom. Activities such as publishing articles, teaching a class, or serving on a committee of a construction organization can all help in meeting your recertification requirements.
Information on qualifying activities and how they convert to professional development credits can be found in the ICCIFP’s Professional Development Credit Policy for Recertification Maintenance (www.iccifp.org/get-recertified/professional-development).
Now is a good time to start thinking about recertification. The triennial requirement of 72 professional development credits must be earned between April 1 (or prorated from your certification date) of the first year and March 31 of the third year.
March 31, 2016 will be here before you know it, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your continuing education hours. Coming soon, the Institute’s new application and recertification software, LearningBuilder, will make it easier to enter and track credits.
If you have any questions, please contact E. Christopher Zaucha, ICCIFP Executive Director, at 609-945-2419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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