Contribute to the development of professional guiding and invest and support members by improving their capacity and abilities.
INTRODUCTION Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which professionals maintain their knowledge and skills as they relate to their professional lives. CPD obligations are common to most professions and have become a necessity for tourist guiding if the industry wants to improve its services. For the professionalisation of tourist guiding, a structured approach to lifelong learning has to be adopted to help ensure competence. This has to include continual honing of both knowledge and skills relevant to tourist guiding.
By giving opportunities to members of the IPTGSA to measure their improvement of skills and absorbed knowledge, the Institute constitutes a platform where the required lifelong learning, which should be part of every professional tourist guide’s career, can be attained. CPD can involve any relevant learning activity, whether formal and structured or informal and self-directed. Therefore, the structures created by the IPTGSA enable tourist guides to update their knowledge of the industry, obtain knowledge about new tourism products, develop their personal skills, and gain relevant general information/knowledge in more than one way.
IPTGSA will assist professional tourist guides to better themselves by creating a system in which CPD points can be accrued. This can be done by attending group activities, venturing on solo explorations into new areas, discovering new products, and gaining new areas of expertise. The relevant learning activity/ies can be formal and structured or informal and self-directed. Members of the IPTGSA will be measured by the number of individually accrued points in the year leading up to the annual renewal of their membership. Tourist guiding is a very individualised occupation, therefore, broadening one’s personal professional scope through CPD is not as easily achieved as in other professions. Directed by their availability between tours, guides can only attend organised group activities when they do not work.
Therefore, the IPTGSA has designed a variety of ways in which CPD points can be accrued. A list is given below. Like in other professions, the suggested continuing professional development program is based on credits that have to be accumulated annually. The credit schedule is divided into two categories, i.e. ITPGSA organised events and third-party organised events.
POSSIBLE WAYS OF ACCRUING POINTS:
- Attending official IPTGSA functions (i.e. AGM, Tourist Guide Indaba)
- Assisting with marketing the IPTGSA
- Attending courses, events, and lectures set up/organised/initiated by IPTGSA in all major centers
- Attending specific educational events set up/organised/initiated by IPTGSA
- Attending courses and educational events offered by third parties that are accredited by the IPTGSA
- Participating in activities not done before with clients
- Organising events and inviting fellow guides to participate
- Attending lectures offered by third parties
- Proof of regularly buying and/or reading relevant books
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POINTS STRUCTURE
Twenty-five (25) points must be accumulated during the year of membership and proof of the way in which the credits were accrued will be required on renewal of membership. The following table supplies the credit value of events.