The IOSH Caribbean Branch hosted its second CPD/IPD workshop for this year on Friday, 26th July, 2019 at the School of Business and Computer Science, San Fernando Campus. The workshop took place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and was facilitated by one of the branch’s Professional Development Officers, Navin Ragoo CMIOSH.
The meeting began with a safety moment shared by branch member, Joanne Samsundar. She spoke about the prevalence of the disease diabetes and the sugar content of some popular drinks in our local society. She was able to share an infographic which highlighted the high sugar content of drinks commonly consumed. The topic led to some discussion among attendees, with some noting that the sugar content of certain drinks was indeed surprising as these are marketed as healthy drinks.
Jason Maitland, our branch Chair went on to introduce the workshop facilitator Navin Ragoo. Mr. Ragoo began by describing the various routes to attaining chartered member status. This was useful information for attendees, especially those currently considering the move from GradIOSH to CMIOSH status. He took some time to share new information on the criteria to qualify for the various routes as these change from time to time. Qualifications previously not accepted may now be considered acceptable. Mr. Ragoo also advised persons that in cases where their programme of study is not an IOSH approved course, one can submit the course syllabus to IOSH for consideration.
Following this a presentation on the IPD process was delivered, providing an outline of what IPD is, the Skills Development Portfolio (SDP) and the peer review interview. He went on to discuss the importance of a mentor during this process. Mentors can be assigned by making a request through IOSH or by directly asking one of the chartered branch members. Mentors can provide support in many ways, including reviewing of SDP evidence prior to submission and mock interviews prior to the peer review interview.
Mr. Maitland provided an in-depth look at SDP and shared own his experience using this route to attain chartered member status. The elements of the SDP were discussed along with the various criteria options within each element. Mr. Maitland also shared some examples of evidence submitted as part of his SDP, along with a sample of a reflective statement to give attendees an idea of what the content may look like.
The end of session as very interactive with speakers taking the time to answer questions on a variety of issues on the topic such as the validity timeline of IPD evidence and the factors which determine an individual’s route to becoming chartered.
Navin Ragoo CMIOSH presenting on IPD