Organisations planning to offer CPD activities should read the following information. Under the provisions of sections 15 and 21 of the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002, NSW Fair Trading cannot and does not endorse any provider of training and/or CPD.
Licence and certificate holders must undertake 12 points of CPD activity each year in order to be able to renew their licence or certificate. The points structure and requirements of the CPD program are set out in the Director-General’s Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development.
Not necessarily. Activities from Learning Category 1, as set out in the Director-General’s Guidelines can be delivered by any training provider. This learning earns 1 point per hour. Licence and certificate holders may only earn 4 points through learning category 1 each year. Training providers must comply with the Director-General’s Guidelines if they market or represent the activity as eligible for CPD points.
CPD learning activities delivered by a government agency such as NSW Department of Primary Industries or an industry association must be approved by the Director-General (except for industry associations nominated in the Director-General's Guidelines). Requests for approval should be detailed on the CPD Activity Approval Form, which should be completed, signed and addressed to:
CPD related to the NSW Property, Stock and Business Agents Act
Policy and Legislation
NSW Fair Trading
P O Box 972
Parramatta NSW 2124
If you are seeking approval for more than one activity, you need to return a completed approval form for each one.
The description of 'industry association' for CPD purposes is in the Director-General's Guidelines, under item 6.
While training providers will make a commercial decision about the CPD activities they wish to conduct, they should be mindful of the requirements set out in the Director-General’s Guidelines.
The Guidelines contain the broad learning areas that activities must fall within to be eligible as CPD. Training providers should also be aware that from time to time the Director-General may determine certain subject matter as compulsory topics.
To renew their licence or certificate, licence and certificate holders must complete 12 points of CPD which covers subject matter specified by the Director-General. These learning areas and topics will be reviewed each year.
If compulsory topics have been specified for CPD, these topics have priority over broad learning areas. Where there are no compulsory topics, the licence or certificate holder may choose from the list of broad learning areas. The broad learning areas and compulsory topics are developed by an Industry Consultative Reference Group and recommended to the Director-General.
Best practice information to be included in advertising and marketing would include:
You should provide participants with a record of attendance. It should contain:
Participants should keep a diary of their CPD activities.
If training was provided by a registered training organisation, the participant will also receive a qualification or a statement of attainment or when there is partial completion, a statement of achievement / statement of attendance specifying what had been assessed or for University study, a transcript of results.
The requirement is to complete 12 points each year and a maximum of 11 surplus points can be carried forward for twelve months.
An evaluation of the CPD program operating in the property and home building industries found that some change would make the requirements more relevant, accessible and cost effective.
As a training provider you should have some mechanism in place that allows you to estimate the length of time it would take a learner to read and comprehend material and undertake any set assignments required from the learning. Accordingly, a training provider would probably need to trial or test online learning products or validate the assessment process and base their timeframes on the outcome of the trial or testing.
Although all participants learn at a different rate, timeframes should be based on the number of hours required by the average participant to be able to learn and/or achieve competency in the topic or unit.
Call Fair Trading on 13 32 20.
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