What is SACE CPTD?
CPTD stands for Continuing Professional Teacher Development. Like all professionals, teachers need to grow their knowledge and skills throughout their careers. Most professional bodies expect their members to engage in professional development activities. The CPTD system will help teachers organise their professional development in order to achieve maximum benefit.The system will be managed by SACE with the support of the education departments.
How many points do I need?
Each teacher must earn 150 PD points every three years.
Is CPTD compulsory?
Yes. Participation in professional development is mandatory. Professional development is part of SACE’s Code of Professional Ethics for educators.All teachers commit themselves to observe the code, so professional development is not an option but an obligation for all teachers. Moreover, all state-employed teachers and many privately-employed teachers are required to undertake professional development as part of their conditions of service. Principals, deputy principals and heads of department are required, as part of their duties and responsibilities, to help teachers develop professionally. Principals, deputy principals and heads of department are also required to develop themselves professionally. So, professional development is an all-teacher and all-school affair.
What are the types of points?
- Type 1 Activities/Programmes: Teacher-Initiated
- Type 2 Activities/Programmes: School-Initiated and
- Type 3 Activities/Programmes: Externally Initiated
How do I sign up?
Educators can sign up online for the CPTD management system. Download this guide from SACE for more information. Recently, SACE has updated its CPTD online system, making it easier to sign up. The videos provided by SACE are outdated, but the new system is easy enough to use step-by-step.
UPLOADING YOUR POINTS TO THE SACE CPTD WEBSITE
Remember to also take a look at the Professional Development Portfolio for guidance as to how to reflect for the specific activities. Below is an example of reflection necessary for attending a workshop:
- Name of the Workshop:
- Date Undertaken:
- Summary of Workshop Content:
- How is the Workshop relevant to my work?:
- How did the workshop benefit me or meet my needs in terms of my work as an individual?:
- How has my learning from the workshop benefitted my learners / colleagues / school?:
- What form of evidence is attached? (e.g. certificate, programme, report, reflection sheet, plan, CD, pictures, workshop material):