Career Development Association of New Zealand


Professional Development Annual Renewal

Professional Members and Associate Members

Sample Form of Professional Development

Please type entries for the Professional Development Annual Record directly into the word document; entries should be clear, concise and reflective of the learning gained by attending each activity. (Your reflections are a valued part of the renewal process and indicate the level of awareness you have about your own development). 

Details, dates and number of hours must be specified for each entry (including each supervision date), as well as reason for undertaking and reflection of how this activity assisted in your practice. 

A minimum of thirty (30) hours professional development per subscription year is required to cover a range of different professional activities to develop your skills, knowledge and competencies required for your area of career practice. Specifically, PD hours are made up of 20+ ‘structured’ hours (organised activities) and 10+ ‘unstructured’ hours (self-determined activities). Please refer to the table below for guidelines. 

Professional development DOES NOT include activities which are about day-to-day work processes, systems and reporting practices also those that build your business eg developing a business plan, promoting your business. Although these are important for you to do your job, they are not considered ‘Professional Development’ for career practitioners. These also include the delivery of workshops, staff meetings, performance appraisals and networking meetings that don’t have a PD component to them etc. 

Professional Supervision: Please note that should Supervision be listed as an activity, supervision must be provided by a professionally competent career supervisor, who is not in a direct management or authority relationship with the applicant. Supervision can be provided in several ways although it is important to be clear that supervision is not work-process or sales effectiveness training. Supervision is only deemed 'supervision' if its purpose is to support and enhance the work of the practitioner and the safety and care of their clients. 


Structured PD may include the following:

Maximum hours to claim per annum

Professional Supervision (provided by an external supervisor, an internally trained and validated supervisor or Peer Supervision)

12 hrs

Attending CDANZ Branch events

(no maximum)

Attending Careers related training / courses (relevant to practice)


Career related research / academic study


Attending Career specific or aligned speakers / events / symposiums / conferences

Up to 7 hrs per day (14 hrs maximum)

Presenting at Career specific or aligned events /conferences / symposiums

10 hrs

Organising Career specific or aligned conferences / symposiums / events


- Principle organiser

20 hrs

- Committee member organiser

10 hrs

CDANZ committee roles


- National Executive Committee members

25 hrs

- Branch Committee roles (Lead, Communications, Treasurer, PD coordinator)

10 hrs

- Member of a Project Team reporting to National Executive Committee

15 hrs 

- Te Mohiotanga Editorial Team

15 hrs

Contributing to career related published material / articles / journals

3 hrs per article (max 3 articles)

Attending Career & Industry related update days / open days / expo’s

10 hrs

Attending Networking career / Industry related events with speakers / presentations

6 hrs

Online Webinars / podcasts / videos (participating in live or as part of organised activity)

6 hrs


Unstructured PD may include the following:

(reading / listening / watching as self-determined activity)

Maximum hours to claim per annum

Online Career related publications including Te Mohiotanga

5 hrs

Online webinars / podcasts / videos (self-determined activity)

5 hrs

Career related articles in Academic journals

5 hrs

Career Specific reading material online and/or book form

5 hrs