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:
- 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.
- 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).
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.
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.