Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program

What is CPD?

CPD is an acronym for continuing professional development. CPD is the practice of maintaining and developing the skills and knowledge required in your current job role, sector and beyond. CPD can be achieved through a range of methods including learning on the job, reading relevant articles, attending and/or participating in events, joining industry committees and groups, as well as formal training.

The CPD Program for Professional Leaders of Volunteers is a formal avenue for you to enhance your knowledge and skills. The CPD Program will help raise your profile, and demonstrates your dedication to your career and to the volunteer leadership profession. The annual points requirement is 16; if you gain 16 CPD points in 2020/21 you earn the right to use the post-nominal PLV as a public declaration of your professionalism.

Is it mandatory for The Centre for Volunteering’s members to participate in the CPD program?

No, it is not mandatory to participate in the CPD program. It is a choice you make to participate for your professional development.

What is the cost to participate?

There is a $50 administration fee (excluding GST) to join the CFV CPD program.

Most CFV activities are already free for members, while other activities will have an associated cost.

Can non-members participate?

No. Participation in the CPD program is exclusive to The Centre for Volunteering’s full and associate members. View our membership information.

How are points allocated to each activity?

When points are allocated for each activity, consideration is given to the following:

  • time spent.
  • complexity/ depth of learning.
  • engagement in learning/ interactivity.
  • contribution to the volunteering sector.
  • how closely linked to volunteering an activity is.

How many points do I need to accumulate?

As per calendar year, to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and the PLV post-nominal, a minimum of 16 CPD points needs to be achieved by June 30 of 2021.

What activities are part of the CFV CPD Program?

  • Special interest groups (SIG) – presentation
  • Special interest groups (SIG) – attendance
  • Webinars – presentation
  • Webinars – attendance
  • State Conference – presentation
  • State Conference – attendance
  • CFV newsletter – reading
  • CFV newsletter – writing an article
  • CFV Resources – reading
  • CFV Committee participation
  • Policy/research masterclasses
  • Reflective practice piece* (please note, the reflective practice piece is a compulsory part of CPD that demonstrates your ongoing application of your professional skills).
  • Training programs
  • Forum – attendance
  • Forum – presentation
  • Formal qualifications

Can I participate in activities not run/associated with The Centre for Volunteering?

Yes. CFV will allow participants to participate in activities such as the ones listed below:

  • Publications Reading – volunteering specific
  • Publications Writing – volunteering specific
  • Events – workshop
  • Events – conference
  • Networks – attending meetings
  • Qualifications – Certificate IV in Coordination of Volunteer Programs or other relevant certificates (e.g. community services)
  • Other – Other substantive work undertaken to advance volunteering within your organisation such as:
    • Increasing the budget of your volunteer program
    • Resolving structural conflict in your organisation involving volunteers
    • Actively seeking input and feedback from the community and/ or partner organisations into plans and potential collaborations
    • Other innovations to your volunteer program

What do I get from participating?

Participants who achieve a minimum of 16 CPD points per membership year will receive a certificate of completion and the right to use the post-nominal PLV (Professional Leader of Volunteers). In addition, participating in the CPD program is a great way to improve your knowledge, skills, and future employability. CPD participants can benefit from discounts on selected CFV-managed events, activities and use the CPD email badge in their email signatures.

How do I demonstrate that I have completed an activity?

CPD participants are required to update their activity on our Learning Management System (LMS) every 2-3 months, or as soon an activity is completed. At the end of the year, the statement of eligibility form is signed by the participant and their manager and submitted to CFV. The points schedule is a formal template that enables CFV to confirm the points claimed are eligible for CPD. It also provides participants with an opportunity to reflect on what they learnt from completing the activity. The Activity Validation Form will ask for some notes as to what you have achieved.

Does CFV check that participants are completing activities?

On an annual basis, CFV will conduct audits on selected CPD participants to ensure the activities and points being claimed are eligible within the program. Proof of attendance/ participation in CPD activities should be uploaded to the LMS. This will be validated through the endorsed training partner if necessary.

How does CFV communicate the value of CPD to my organisation?

Two letters are sent to your manager. The first letter is sent at the start of the program indicating your start date and what the program involves. Upon completion of the program, a final letter is sent to your manager indicating your achievements and program completion.

How do I get started?

  • Read the FAQs and express your interest in the CPD Program.
  • We will provide you with the CPD Activity Point Schedule so you can plan your CPD activities.
  • You participate in your chosen CPD activities and complete the Activity Validation Form after each activity.
  • You update your Activity Validation Form and submit to The Centre for Volunteering every 2-3 months and finalise at the end of the year.
  • When you achieve 16 CPD points between October 2020 and July 2021 you will receive your formal certificate and the option to use PLV after your name.

You can also email svmadmin@volunteering.com.au to express your interest.