Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
Back in 2016, the results of the IHMA Member Survey established that a structured on-line tool to track continuous professional development (CPD) would be of use to members. The IHMA CPD tool is now ready and available to all Full and Associate members in the Members' area of the website.
What is Continuous Professional Development?
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you go about your work beyond any initial training. It is a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. The term is generally used to mean a physical portfolio documenting your development as a professional.
Why is CPD important for Harbour Masters?
Continuous Professional Development is especially important for today's Harbour Masters for a multitude of reasons such as:
- The role of the Harbour Master is continually evolving
- Maritime legislation continues to develop
- Accidents in port continue to occur
- Technology continues to develop
- Management models in ports are ever changing
- “Stuff” keeps getting added to our job role!
Where do I access IHMA's CPD tool?
IHMA's CPD tool isn’t available to the general public. You must login to your account in the IHMA Members' Area of the website using your e-mail address and personal password
How do I assess myself using the CPD tool?
Once you're in the CPD System, there are a few options from which to choose. To begin measuring your personal competency, select the ‘Competency Measurement Tool’. This will bring you to a list of International Occupational Standards (IOS). IHMA recognises thirteen International Occupational Standards for Harbour Masters. Open each IOS and assess your Knowledge and Understanding, and Performance Criteria. This will then generate an average score.
What does my score mean?
The scores generated by your answers in the ‘Competency Measurement Tool’ indicate your strengths and weaknesses. The HIGHER the score, the more training required for that competency.
How do I improve my score using CPD?
There is a broad range of activities that may be used to demonstrate professional development and it is recommended that a mix of activities that include work-based learning, professional activity, formal/educational activities, and self-directed learning are included. CPD activities may be identified as ‘verifiable’ or ‘non-verifiable’.
Verifiable CPD activities include continuing education (part time, full time, distance learning) leading to qualifications. Attending seminars, courses, workshops for which attendance can be demonstrated. Publication or presentation of industry related subjects.
Non-verifiable activities include private study, reading industry publications, coaching/mentoring, attending/chairing minuted meetings etc. Activities outside of the workplace which help develop you professionally may also be considered as CPD e.g. acting as a school governor, working on the local lifeboat service.
It is recommended that at least 50% of CPD activities should be ‘verifiable’ and that records of attendance for verifiable CPD activities should be kept.
What do I do once I’ve carried out an activity that demonstrates my professional development?
For CPD to be effective, a record of your career learning should be kept. This can be done in the ‘Activity Log’ in the CPD system. This will enable you to:
- Build competence and credibility
- Plan and achieve your career goals by focusing on your training and development
- Cope positively with change by constantly updating your skill-set
- Identify gaps in your skills and capabilities
- Demonstrate your career development to clients and employers
Explore IHMA’s new CPD tool today and contact the Secretary with your questions and comments at email@example.com
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