CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
Meditation Australia has a public responsibility to promote the highest professional standards for meditation teachers and in keeping with this obligation we have formulated a Continuing Professional Development policy.
Continuing Professional Development ensures that an individual enhances their skills and abilities after formal qualified. CPD is widely recognised as fundamental to the improvement of standards and skills for individuals and their industries.
Refining your skills as a meditation teacher requires a constant pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is widely accepted as a necessity in any profession. Teachers and health care workers in many disciplines already engage in CPD. It is MA’s responsibility to ensure that meditation teachers engage in ongoing professional development.
For this reason, and to ensure that our members are recognised as “professional” by their peers, MA has introduced a requirement for members to earn at least 30 CPD points in each 3 years of membership, with evidence of CPD undertaken to be provided each year at renewal.
It is important to note that many meditation teachers already engage in professional development on an ongoing basis. MA does not wish to interfere with this self-directed process, merely to formalise the process within a structure that respects and fosters the diversity of meditation styles and traditions while increasing the professionalism of meditation teaching generally.
Members are requested to record their CPD activities on the downloadable form below and submit the completed form at time of renewal. MA will collate each member’s CPD points on an annual basis in the expectation that a total of 30 points will be accrued in every three year period.
CPD Point Allocation Guidelines
Answers to commonly asked questions about CPD
What activities constitute CPD?
Any activity or program that develops your knowledge, experience, skill, understanding or professionalism in meditation or meditation teaching. In short, you must be able to answer the following question with a “YES”: Does this program or activity make me a better meditation teacher?
How does the CPD points system work?
Points are allocated to actual hours of content, not including lunch or refreshment breaks, or other non-content time, according to the table below. However, different activities earn different points, depending on whether they are “core” to meditation teaching or “related” to meditation teaching. Higher points are also allocated for “contact” programs and activities compared with “non-contact” programs and activities.
How can I decide if it is core to meditation teaching or related to meditation teaching?
”Core” to meditation teaching means central to specific meditation teaching methodology. This form of study may be specific to delivering meditation to a unique demographic, such as a hospital, an aged care centre or a school environment.
“Related” means related to meditation teaching by tradition, relevance or application, including related philosophies and spiritual practices (eg Mindfulness and Buddhism), related health care modalities (eg psychology) and related lifestyle practices (eg meditation practices at an intensive retreat).
Contact and non-contact activities
Contact activities are characterised by face-to-face contact in a program or activity with specific learning objectives, for example, a workshop or seminar. However MA recognises that members living in rural and remote locations may not have access to contact programs and some meditation teachers may not find the programs available suited to their training or experience. Therefore, a range of non-contact activities are also accepted as CPD, such as participating in video, downloadable programs or reading a complete book. Under these circumstances, MA requests a reflective essay be completed in relation to this content.
NB: If a non-contact program offers a means of assessment, such as an examination, then the program may be treated as a contact program. For example, participating in an online or downloaded course on meditation techniques for aged care qualifies as a “core” to meditation teaching activity and usually receives points at the “non-contact” level. If, however, the online program requires participants to complete an examination and receive a certificate of completion, the program qualifies as a “contact” activity.
What is the difference between the CPD points system and the training hours needed to advance from Provisional Membership to Full Membership?
Training hours for the purposes of upgrading membership level from Provisional to Full is different from the CPD point system. Provisional members are specifically committing to further ‘Practicum’ training of 30 hours over 3 years. This relates to the teaching of meditation to students in a supervised setting or with a formal mentorship program in place. When a Provisional member has completed this training and become a Full member they will enter the CPD system.
Can I spread the points over the 3 years?
MA recommends that you complete some CPD activities each year, however you may earn more points in one year and less points in another, provided that you earn 30 points in each 3 year span of membership.
Can I get points by attending another meditation teacher’s regular class?
Attending another meditation teacher’s regular meditation class as a participant is partly personal practice and partly professional development; therefore it receives CPD points at a lower level (4 hours = 1 point) than attending a workshop or seminar which has specific learning objectives.
How will MA ensure that members report their CPD accurately?
The onus always remains with MA members to honestly and carefully report their CPD activities. Each year, MA will conduct a number of random audits of members’ CPD reporting. Members are expected to be able to easily substantiate claims made on their CPD return.
Does my own meditation teaching count towards CPD?
Your own regular meditation teaching does not currently earn CPD points, however MA recommends 48 hours over 3 years (about 16 hours a year) as being a minimum level of teaching for Full members.
Does mentoring count towards CPD?
Mentoring can be an important part of professional development. For this reason, MA allows the time spent being mentored to be counted as CPD. However, being a mentor does not earn CPD points, as this is similar to time spent teaching. Of course, mentoring records must be kept in order to claim time being mentored as CPD.
What if I train other teachers or run workshops or retreats?
Members who train other meditation teachers, or who are engaged in developing programs, workshops, seminars, retreats etc, or who are involved in meditation-related research or authoring, can receive CPD points for the time they spend developing these programs, provided they are logged on the CPD reporting form and the points claimed can be easily substantiated by the member, if audited.
Do I have to earn CPD points if I’m not currently teaching?
Non-teaching members who have not taught meditation within the immediate past three years are asked to forfeit their membership. Membership can be renewed at a later date if an individual maintains their personal practice and returns to teaching meditation on a regular basis.