Continuing professional development (CPD) is how housing professionals maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives. 

Housing professionals who are accredited as a Certified Housing Professional are required to participate regularly in CPD that is related to their role within the housing sector and maintain an online CPD Diary in the member portal.

CPD Activities and Points

 Some activities that may be logged as continuing professional development include:

  • Participating in industry-related* focus groups 
  • In-house education sessions
  • Attending industry-related* conferences, workshops and seminars 
  • Having an article published in a peer-reviewed industry-related journal
  • Postgraduate studies 

Activities that are normal or regular work activities are not typically considered as CPD.  For example, attending an in-house meeting or meeting with other stakeholders on a regular basis as part of your normal duties would not be considered CPD. 

The table below summarises the types of activities and associated points that may be logged in a member's CPD diary.

Please note that a maximum of 80 CPD points will be awarded to a activity.

CPD ACTIVITY

CPD/CPE POINTS

POINTS EXPIRY

AHI Meeting Attendance - Attendance at AHI branch committee meeting, AHI board meeting, or AHI AGM

10 per meeting

12 months

Member of AHI Excellence Awards Judging Panel

 50 per awards cycle

12 months from first Awards committee meeting

Completion of HousingWORKS review survey- access survey

10 per edition reviewed

12 months from date of review

Participation in an industry-related seminar, training course or webinar

10 per half day or webinar

20 per day

12 months

Attendance at industry-related networking event* or AHI Awards Ceremony event

10 per event

12 months

Preparing author of application for AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards Program

10 per application

12 months

Participation in formal (structured, off-job) workplace training within the social housing industry

10 per half day

20 per day

12 months

Active member* in AHI LinkedIn group

10

12 months

Membership of industry-related professional association (other than AHI) or subscription to industry related publications (other than HousingWORKS)

10 CPD points per membership/subscription

12 months from start date of membership period - to be logged each year of renewal

Presentation, panellist, trainer or facilitator at an industry-related conference, workshop or seminar

40 per event

12 months

Published industry-related article, research paper, book, interview, report, opinion piece (e.g. HousingPEOPLE, HousingWORKS, AHURI, University, LinkedIn)

20 per short article, vox pop reply, interview or event wrap-up report

40 per long article, reasearch paper or report


60 per book

12 months from publication date

Nationally recognised vocational qualification in related discipline (e.g. Nationally recognised Certificate or Diploma - NZQA or AQF or international equivalent)

50 per full qualification
(30 per statement of attainment for partial completion)

24 months

Tertiary qualification in related discipline (e.g. Advanced Diploma, Degree or higher)

80 per qualification

36 months

*Definitions:

Industry-related is defined as CPD that has a connection to the social housing sector. When determining if a claimed qualification or event meets the “related discipline and industry-related” criteria, it will be considered how it contributes to the individual’s social housing role/s. 

Short article vs. Long article - as a guide, a short article is typically considered 1 page or less, or up to 500 words, whereas a long article is likely 2+ pages, or more then 500 words

Active member in AHI LinkedIn group, means the person has contributed to the group/s by commenting on a discussion, or starting a discussion on at least two occasions.  This should be evidenced by uploading screenshots of your discussion activity.

Networking events are defined as events where industry-related professionals come together to connect, learn and share with like-minded professionals from other organisations, sectors or jurisdictions.

 

CPD Diary Entries

Members who wish to apply to become and maintain Certified Housing Professional accreditation are required to maintain an online CPD Diary.

  • CPD diary entries for attendance at AHI events are automated, and therefore do not need to be entered by the member.
  • Your CHP Certificate of Accreditation will only be activated whilst you maintain the required current CPD points for your accepted CHP accreditation level. Read more about CHP levels.
  • CPD diary entries prior to 2019 have been imported from the retired member portal. These entries indicate system-created titles.

How to Update Your CPD Diary

1. Login to AHI website
  • Use Member Login button top right

  • Username is your email address

  • If you do not know your password, use the ‘request new password’ link
2. Navigate to CPD Diary
  1. Navigate to: My Portal > My Content > CPD Diary
  2. Click on ‘Add CPD Diary Entry’ button
  3. Enter details of activity:
  • CPD Activity Name: Enter title of event/training attended or title of article/book published

  • CPD Details:

    • Activity Completion Date – enter event date or date of publication

    • Activity Provider or Publisher: enter name of organisation who organised the event or publisher’s name

    • Description – enter additional details of activity to aid AHI in determining category and duration of activity

    • Supporting Documentation – upload documents that may assist to evidence your participation in this activity, e.g. registration confirmation, certificate, diary entry

  • CPD Points: If known, enter CPD points in the category that best describes the activity, e.g. ½ day or webinar = 10 points, full day = 20 points – see above for full points table
3. Create Certified Houisng Professional Accreditation application

If not already done so, create your Certified HOusing Professional Accreditation application:

  1. Navigate to: My Portal > My Content > CPD Diary>Additional Profile Information>Create Certified Housing Professional Accreditation

  2. Follow online instructions to record industry experience and highest industry related qualification

Meeting CPD Obligations

Ongoing CPD is a mandatory obligation for all members wishing to maintain Certified Housing Professional accreditation.

CPD obligations are dependent on the assigned accreditation level:

  • Level 1 - 50 current CPD points

  • Level 2 - 80 current CPD points
  • Level 3 - 100 current CPD points

If a Certified Housing Professional is unable to meet their CPD obligation their accreditation level may be downgraded to reduce the CPD obligation or their accreditation status withdrawn until such time as they can meet the CPD requirements.

In the case of parental leave or extended absence from work due to illness, an application for reduction in CPD obligations may be made in writing to reduce CPD obligations for a limited period. Applications must include brief explanation of why the member is applying for a reduction in CPD obligations and all relevant dates, for instance going on parental leave, the start date and finish date of that leave. In case of parental leave and extended leave due to illness, a member may be granted a CPD grace period during their leave and up to 6 months following their leave to meet the CPD obligations.