SAICA’s CPD compliance declarations need to be completed by 31 January 2021
As per the CPD Policy, all members (whether they are professionally active or not) are required to complete an annual declaration.
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What does the declaration entail?
- According to the new policy, all members and associates are required to:
- Submit an annual declaration reporting on compliance to the CPD policy (this is due to be submitted by 31 January 2021)
- Detail their professional circumstances on the annual declaration (this includes whether the member is professionally active or not).
- Follow an output-based measurement approach by demonstrating the maintenance and development of relevant learning by generating a CPD reflective plan
- Undertake relevant CPD
As previously communicated, the new SAICA Continuous Professional Development (CPD) policy came into effect on 1 January 2020 and your declaration covers the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020. During 2021, the SAICA Compliance unit will then select a number of members to submit their reflective learning plans for the 2020 year.
The reflective plan
An output-based approach to CPD means that you need to complete a reflective plan that requires you to outline areas of development relative to the competencies you are required to demonstrate in relation to your current role. Reflective planning is an integral part of the new CPD process, and the CPD website has an example of a reflective plan to help members with the new approach. You can download the example reflective plan here.
It is not compulsory to use the reflective plan template provided by SAICA. The template has been provided to give you a starting point for your own plan. Each member’s plan should be unique and reflective of their development needs.
However, the key steps mentioned in the reflective plan should, as a minimum, be documented:
The key steps are:
1. To identify specific competencies in relation to each of the following areas that are required for you to be professionally competent in your role:
i. Professional values and attitudes (ethics, lifelong learning and citizenship)
ii. Enabling competencies (decision-making, business, digital and relational acumens)
iii. Technical competencies in the value-creation process
2. Self-assess (or use other mechanisms such as workplace performance evaluations) against these competencies and identify specific areas for development
3. Undertake relevant learning interventions that can assist you in developing in the competence gap areas identified
4. On completion of the learning intervention, reflect on the effectiveness of the learning interventions. Did the activity address your learning needs? Have you used this learning in the workplace? Did this activity lead you to new learning areas that you would like to explore?
5. Assess progress made and identify further areas for achieving professional competence
The supporting documents
Your supporting documents need to be kept for a period of three years, but only need to be submitted to SAICA if you have been selected for monitoring. Members who are chosen for monitoring will be notified via email.