Why did SAICA change from an optional input or output-based approach to a purely output-based approach?
The objective of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is to promote up-to-date, high-quality services by ensuring that practitioners have access to the necessary learning opportunities to maintain and improve their ability to practice.
An input-based approach to CPD focuses mainly on hours and activities, and it often neglects the actual purpose of CPD, which is for practitioners to enhance their knowledge, acquire new skills and build on existing ones through continual reflection. The input-based approach to CPD often drives a compliance-based, number-driven view of learning which is in contrast to what SAICA wishes to achieve through its CPD policy; a commitment to lifelong learning where CPD activity includes work-based learning, undertaking new projects at work, online reading, researching particular issues relating to clients or a specific role, and focused discussions with colleagues or professional advisers.
Under the new CPD policy, there is no requirement to achieve a certain number of hours or points – the important feature is that consideration is given to the requirements of the position and that learning addresses this.