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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

​​​​​​​CPD is important for any professional—it safeguards the public and your own career. 

How CPD learning is measured


The Dru CPD programme recognises that there are many ways to develop knowledge, experience, skill, understanding and professionalism while at the same time seeking to harmonise our language and requirements around continuous professional development.  

CPD points are proxy measures of personal and professional growth: they give us a way of readily demonstrating and communicating ongoing study and development. As a rough rule of thumb, each Dru CPD point can be thought to represent about one hour of learning.

Learning and transformation are multi-faceted phenomena.  To simplify our perception of progress, we identify two key types of learning in reports of Dru CPD: 

  1. Professional CPD points 
    Professional CPD points are awarded for postgraduate study that builds on the skills-base in your area(s) of registration and use as a Dru professional.  In other words, they build on your Dru yoga teacher training, Dru meditation teacher training, Dru Therapist training and/or Dru Ayurveda Coach training certificate where you use these professionally. 
    Professional CPD points can be obtained through classroom training (including virtual classrooms) usually led by a Dru Teacher Trainer, or 1:1 mentoring by a Senior Tutor. It may comprise or encompass self-directed study, case studies or assignments.  It may include pre-approved training provided by another organisation.
    Your clients and students are the key focus of the benefit of you accruing professional CPD points. 

  2. Personal CPD points 
    Personal CPD points can, but don’t have to be, accrued at postgraduate level. They are awarded for courses that deepen your knowledge and understanding of any branch of yoga or kindred modalities. They can also be awarded for strengthening your connection with the Dru community through work on events, activities, publications, and service.  
    Personal CPD points reflect the development or extension of your personal and inter-personal skill set. As you accrue personal CPD points you find the benefit ripples out beyond you to your friends, family, colleagues, and the broader community (including your clients).


Background 


Continuing Professional Development
Dru’s mission is to transform the world by giving people the tools to transform themselves and our program for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one of those tools. CPD is a mechanism for planning and demonstrating development in a way that links directly to the personal and professional needs of each DPN member. It also assists in maintaining the standards expected of Dru professional: registration as a professional Dru practitioner is contingent on relevant knowledge and skills being kept up to date through compliance with the Dru CPD program.

Importantly, CPD is a way of keeping in touch with Dru philosophy, and the Dru community as well as the latest Dru teaching.  Clearly, each DPN member needs to be able to set their own development goals after considering what they already know and have experienced where they wish to develop so that they continue to meet their own and their client’s needs.  As such, CPD needs to be both self-directed and meet Dru CPD guidelines. 


CPD Programme participation 
The CPD Programme is for members of the Dru Professional Network (DPN) who are: 

  • teaching Dru Yoga classes in the community or in the workplace; 
  • Dru Yoga therapists offering 1-to-1 sessions;
  • Dru Ayurveda Health Coaches; 
  • Dru Meditation teachers. 

CPD participants agree to the DPN Code of Professional Conduct including the requirement to submit a record of their CPD activities and points to Dru every two years.  

Keeping your CPD up-to-date

Keeping up-to-date with CPD and maintaining records enables you to keep your DPN membership current. 

Dru Yoga Teachers

How much CPD do I need?

CPD can be made up from both, 'Professional Development' and 'Personal Development' opportunities. 

Over a 2 year period, you need 30 points comprising of:

  • A minimum of 12 professional points
  • minimum of 12 Dru contact hours. 
  • maximum of 6 can be from reading/study on a relevant Yoga topic. 


How do I acquire my CPD points?

You acquire CPD points from attending events or completing online courses.

  • One hour of tuition = 1 CPD point unless otherwise stated.
  • Online master classes = 2 CPD points per one hour of class time.
    (1 Professional CPD point and 1 Personal Development CPD point).
    In addition, you may have spent a lot of time studying a particular theme from a masterclass and therefore your CPD is worth more. If your CPD is worth more, then please record the extra time you have spent on your CPD record sheet.
  • One-to-one mentoring = 4 CPD points per one hour of private mentoring with a Senior Dru Tutor.


What is Professional Development for Dru Yoga Teachers?

CPD also includes but is not restricted to:

  • Dru Yoga Advanced Practitioner Course
  • Specific CPD events and workshops
  • Dru Kids and Dru Teens
  • Dru Pre-natal course
  • Dru Back care course
  • Dru Meditation teacher training course
  • Dru Dance (postgrad level)
  • Being a DYTT support tutor 
  • Receiving Dru mentoring for professional development (eg,  how to teach 1:1 yoga, lesson planning, business skills, etc.  This can be done in person or by phone or zoom) - 4 CPD points per one hour of mentoring
  • Dru Yoga Therapy Diploma Course
  • Dru Star Lounge (please use the Dru Star Lounge CPD record sheet to submit Professional CPD points when using the Dru Star Lounge)
  • 6 points over two years on professional study

Please note that 1 hour of professional development mentoring = 4 CPD points. This mentoring can be done face to face or online and can be arranged directly with any senior Dru tutor.


What is Personal Development?

This includes but is not restricted to:

  • General contact hours with Dru senior tutors
  • Open Dru courses or workshops
  • Dru Gita correspondence course 
  • Dru Meditation online course 
  • Use of the Dru Online studio with written reflection
  • Volunteering at one of the Dru centres (eg Karma Yoga)
  • Receiving Dru mentoring for personal development (1 hour = 4 points)

May I include other related training in my CPD record?

Yes, up to 12 points over two years of other yoga training from an accredited yoga teacher trainer can be used for your CPD. When deciding what you can include for CPD, ask yourself this question: What have I done which has developed me as a Dru Yoga teacher over the past year? 

  • Dru activities must make up a minimum of 12 points over two years
  • Activities from other schools of yoga can be up to 12 points over two years
  • 6 points over two years from your Yoga study or reading

How do I record my CPD?

Great news!  If you register for any Dru events online (druyoga.com), your CPD points will be automatically recorded in your DPN record.  Go to the DPN menu - CPD - My CPD record.  All those events and points will be recorded here.  Please note, that if you cancel any of those events, they will still show in your table, so please deduct those when completing your CPD form.  We still ask you to complete your CPD form and send it to the DPN coordinator, but you can summarise these CPD points as your coordinator will be able to check them online.  So much of the hassle of remembering and recording your CPD has been taken away - giving you more time to practice your Yoga!

We have two forms to record CPD. 

  • standard CPD Record (for most training events)
  • Dru Star Lounge CPD Record (for reflecting on what you have learned from the Dru Star Lounge).

Here are some examples of how 3 teachers acquired CPD over a two-year period:

  • Teacher A does a course with Dru giving 6 professional and 6 personal points. She then does a professional development course with British Wheel of Yoga worth another 12 points. She then studies from her books for 6 points and then does a meditation retreat lasting for 5 days.
    Over the two year period, she receives 6 professional points from the Dru course and 6 personal points from the Dru course. That makes 12 points. Now, she has another 12 points from the BWY course and 6 points for the reading. 
  • Teacher B does 3 masterclasses with Dru (6 points) and a professional course with Yoga Alliance (6 points).  She does study for 6 points. ​She does 12 hours of Dru Online Studio classes for personal development.
  • Teacher C does the Dru Yoga Advanced Practitioner Diploma.  This is worth 30 professional CPD points.
    He has completed his CPD - as it can all be Dru and it can all be professional development. 


Dru Meditation Teachers

Dru Meditation CPD follows the same principles as Dru Yoga, except 18 points of CPD are required over two years with 9 points being Professional Development. Professional development points can be gained by attending Dru events that upgrade your skills, deepen your practice or help you become a better teacher.

For the record 

CPD is recorded every year and assessed over the two-year period prior to renewal of DPN membership.  This is the case for all full DPN members with the sole exception of members for the period immediately after their first registration as Dru professionals.  The assessment of members in the latter category starts at the end of their first two years of membership.

Your CPD records may include records of learning through Dru, through other approved providers, self-guided study, and learning through being a Dru volunteer. Your CPD records must be kept current and correct and be available to furnish in the event of an audit. Dru assists in this process by making available to DPN members a printout of CPD points they have accrued through the completion of Dru courses, and it provides a template for reporting other CPD activities.

More information on recognised Dru CPD activities and reporting is provided in the CPD Guidelines document.