Continuing Professional Development

Professional Development

The College of Applied Biology (the College or CAB) is the regulatory body for regulated applied biology professionals in British Columbia. The College’s mandate is to protect the public interest. In order to aid the College in meeting its mandate, the College has mandatory professional development requirements for its members.

Professional development is used to reference a wide variety of specialized training, formal education, and advanced professional learning intended to help applied biology professional members of the College of Applied Biology maintain, improve and expand their profession. This includes knowledge, competence and skills and scope of Practice.

The purpose of a professional development program is to protect the public interest via an assessment of members compliance with professional standards through 1) helping with professional development and 2) ensuring compliance. The College has three professional development programs in place. They are Continuing Professional Development (CPD), the Audit Program and the Practice Review Program

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program

Section 20 of the College of Applied Biology Act (CABA) authorizes the College to establish a continuing education program for practicing members. CPD is mandatory for College members. Rule 16 and Schedule 4 of the College Rules provides details of the CPD program.

The intention of CPD is to ensure applied biology professionals continue to be competent in their field of expertise by keeping their knowledge and skills current to meet professional standards and to protect the public interest.

CPD ensures applied biology professionals:

  • capabilities are in step with current standards, laws, regulations, policies and guidelines;
  • maintain and enhance knowledge and skills needed to deliver professional services to clients, and the public; and
  • knowledge is relevant and up to date.

CPD also provides applied biology professionals:

  • ways to expand on and/or add new knowledge and skill areas;
  • a continued understanding of what it means to be a professional;
  • an appreciation of the implications and impacts of the work you do; and
  • contributes to scientific knowledge by helping to improve protection for ecosystems.

CPD can also lead to an increase in public confidence of applied biology professionals and the profession as a whole.

All practicing members, including those in training, are required to accumulate 100 CPD points over a 3-year consecutive period. It is important to track and record CPD as it is a component of the College’s audit process.

Student members are not required to undertake CPD.

CPD Forms

It is recommended that members use the excel CPD form.

You are welcome to use the online CPD form however some members have had technical issues. The online form will be discontinued later in 2020. However, if you have data in the online form the College will be providing you a mechanism to obtain your current and past CPD information. You must be signed in the members only section to use the online form.

To report any problems or questions with either the excel or online form please contact College staff

Summary of CPD Categories:

  • Professional Practice – can be earned if you spend 30 hours or more per week working or volunteering in the field of applied biology. It is not a requirement of the College to be employed in applied biology to be a member.
  • Continuing Education has two subcategories: General Professional Learning and Applied Biology Learning. Both categories allow members to undertake
    • formal - courses from an accredited institution; and
    • informal learning – a broader category that includes conferences, workshops, seminars, reading, webinars etc.
  • Service to the Community and to the Profession. There are several categories to choose from to earn CPD such as:
    • instructing courses and workshops;
    • producing articles, papers, training materials;
    • mentoring; giving presentations;
    • being a board, council member or other volunteer activities with an applied biology organization (e.g. non-profit, COSEWIC, etc.)
  • Service to the College – serving as a council, committee or task force chair, or general volunteer activities with the College.

Details and requirements regarding the College CPD Program can be found at the following link:

  • The College Rules:
    • Rule 16 – sets out the rules for the CPD program and requirements
    • Schedule 4 - provides specific details of the CPD program categories, points that can be claimed and carried over.