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Continuing professional development

Advisers must engage in 20 hours of relevant and acceptable continuing professional development (CPD) activities every year to assist them to maintain and develop their skills and knowledge as an immigration adviser.

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Log continuing professional development (CPD)

You can enter and update your plan and record via the IAA online portal.

Log CPD online

Competency standards

Competency standard 7 of the Immigration Advisers Competency Standards sets out the following requirements for advisers in regard to CPD: 

  • 7.1 Advisers must maintain an acceptable continued professional development (CPD) plan and record for each 12 month licensing period. What must be included in an acceptable CPD plan and record is notified on the Immigration Advisers Authority’s website.
  • 7.2 Advisers must complete at least 20 hours of acceptable professional development activities, including any mandatory activities, during each 12 month licensing period. Acceptable and mandatory professional development activities are those notified on the Immigration Advisers Authority’s website.
  • 7.3 Advisers must retain, and produce upon request, their CPD plan and record for each licensing period that commenced after 26 November 2015, up to a maximum of 3 years.

Notifications and guidance

Notifications required under competency standard 7 are set out in the Continuing Propfessional Development toolkit. Advisers must read the toolkit in order to understand the requirements.

Below is a two-hour webinar from 2016 talking through the toolkit.

Continuing professional development toolkit

Mandatory activities

In 2018, the Immigration Advisers Authority requires all licensed immigration advisers to attend one of the following webinars run by the Immigration Advisers Authority in 2018.

The IAA’s webinars for 2018 are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday 27 February 3pm – 4 pm NZST
    Supervision for provisional licence holders and supervisors 
    This webinar has already taken place. Please take a screenshot of your completed registration page for your CPD record before you click “submit”.
    The IAA will be able to verify that you have viewed the recording once you register.
    View the recording by registering here(external link).
  • Tuesday 15 May 3pm – 4 pm NZST
    Client engagement and initial assessments 
    This webinar has already taken place. Please take a screenshot of your completed registration page for your CPD record before you click “submit”.
    The IAA will be able to verify that you have viewed the recording once you register.
    View the recording by registering(external link)
  • Wednesday 29 August 3pm – 4pm NZST
    Client engagement and initial assessments
    Register here(external link).
  • Tuesday 30 October 4pm – 5pm NZST
    Client engagement and initial assessments
    Register here(external link).

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the webinar.

If you are not able to attend one of these webinars at the scheduled time you will be able watch a video of the recording after it is delivered at a time that is convenient to you. You may count watching the recording as completing the mandatory activity. Advisers will be required to register to view the video recording and that can be audited by the IAA.

Advisers may NOT count watch a recording of an earlier IAA webinar towards this mandatory requirement in 2018. However watching earlier webinars may be counted towards the 20 CPD hours.

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