Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is meant to enhance professional competence leading to a higher degree of professional learning for ISPO membership.
PDU: Professional Development Unit
1 PDU=1 contact hour
Categories of PDU credits:
Scientific credits are awarded for attending lectures, presentations, training workshops, etc. related to patient care. This is denoted by the subscript letters sc and reads: PDUsc
Management credits are awarded for attending lectures, presentations, training workshops, etc. and are not clinic in nature. This may include, but is not limited to: management, education, business, policy, and advocacy. This is denoted by the subscript letters mc and reads: PDUmc
Depending on the format of the in-person conference, participants will either have their badges scanned or provide a signature of attendance for the session(s) for the awarding of credits to occur. A post-test is not required for in-person CPD credits.
When a learner accesses an ISPO sponsored online course they will have the option to select a course for credits which will include a post-test. Post-tests are scored and results provided to the learner in real time. Unless stated otherwise, a minimum passing score of 80% is required for successful completion and awarding of a certificate for the course. Participants who do not attain a passing score will be allowed a maximum of three attempts to retake the post-test and then required to repeat the course if they fail the third attempt.
ISPO will maintain a database of credit accrual for ISPO members. An annual or semi-annual statement of credits earned can be automatically generated and emailed to that individual.