Advisers must engage in relevant CPD activities every year to assist them to maintain (if they have a full or limited licence) or develop (if they hold a provisional licence) their skills and knowledge in providing immigration advice.
CPD is not a requirement for Australian registered migration agents who have gained a New Zealand immigration adviser licence through the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 2007.
Section 36 of the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 requires the Registrar of Immigration Advisers to develop and maintain a set of competency standards, and amongst other things states that these competency standards must set out the rules and criteria relating to continuing professional development, required of a licensed immigration adviser.
The Immigration Advisers Competency Standards 2013 apply from 1 January 2013, and from that date a licensed immigration adviser must meet these competency standards in order to be granted an initial licence or renew an existing one. If an applicant for an immigration adviser licence does not meet any or all of these competencies, the Registrar may:
Competency standard 7 requires advisers who are renewing or upgrading their licence to have evidence of at least 20 hours of professional development activities, undertaken in the last 12 months.
Any professional development activities undertaken must:
Advisers should also ensure that they choose professional development activities that best meet their professional development needs.
At licence renewal or upgrade, all advisers must explain the connection between the professional development activities they have undertaken, and the aspect of the immigration advisers competency standards and/or licensed immigration advisers code of conduct, that the activities relate to.
The table below shows an example of how an activity (in this case a GST seminar) relates to competency standard 6 and performance indicator 6.3:
|Activity||Aspect of immigration advisers competency standards and/or licensed immigration advisers code of conduct that the activity relates to||How this activity is relevant|
|Free GST seminar offered by Inland Revenue, completed on 6 May 2013 in Wellington||Competency Standard 6 (Performance Indicator 6.3) – ability to manage a business in accordance with New Zealand law and the licensed immigration advisers code of conduct including the management of client services, business accounts and finances, and where appropriate seek the assistance of other professionals.||I work on my own as a licensed immigration adviser and I want to make sure that I am complying with best business practice on GST. I am reviewing my business practice against clause 8(e) of the code of conduct and this seminar helped me understand GST requirements for small businesses.|
For planning and recording purposes, advisers:
The Registrar does not recommend particular providers or guarantee the quality of activities, in respect of CPD requirements.
The following activities are clearly relevant to the competency standards and code of conduct:
The following guidance may be useful to assist advisers in choosing other CPD providers:
The website www.business.govt.nz lists a variety of training courses, including free courses offered by agencies such as the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC). It also includes some courses that are available online free of charge.
Advisers should include as much active learning as possible in CPD plans. For example, this may include participation in a facilitated workshop where there are opportunities to engage in discussion and practise skills (such as writing agreements or engagement letters).
Advisers should talk to colleagues, managers or other licensed immigration advisers about the types of CPD activities and what they found useful.
It is important to ensure that learning is applied to everyday professional practice; advisers should consider the following questions after every CPD activity:
Advisers should incorporate regular occasions for reflection and evaluation of their CPD plan. This will give advisers opportunities to consolidate learning, cement new behaviours, review practices and identify further training needs.