For the individual professional, ongoing professional development maintains and develops skills, knowledge and professional networks and for this reason is a core component of any successful professional’s career.
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- The importance of PD
- PD opportunities
- PD Guidelines
- PD Guidelines (for Chartered Professionals)
- PD Calendar of events
- PD Logbook
- PD Committee
The importance of PD
It is a requirement of GhIG membership that individuals engage in an appropriate level of professional development (PD). Maintaining current knowledge and skills through PD activities is imperative to ensuring GhIG members continue to be the leading professionals in the global minerals sector.
The purpose of PD activities is to:
- maintain or increase levels of technical and professional competence;
- ensure continuing high quality and efficiency of work – benefiting employers, communities and the economy;
- extend the range of professional skills;
- develop new areas of expertise;
- promote confidence and pride in work;
- establish links with fellow professionals; and
- increase and broaden career opportunities.
Alongside the general requirements of GhIG membership and GhIG Chartered Professionals must engage in a specified quantity of PD activities as an additional requirement of accreditation.
There are many everyday activities that count towards professional development. Below is a list of types of PD opportunities that The GhIG intends to provide to its members:
- Formal and informal education and training
- Workshops and training seminars held in conjunction with GhIG events
- Discounted rates on short courses and workshops
- Conferences / workshops / technical talk attendance and presentation
- GhIG Conferences
- GhIG Workshops
- GhIG Branch technical talks
- Reading of learned technical publications
- Online papers
- The GhIG Bulletin
- Conference Proceedings, Monographs, Spectrum Series volumes
- International Transactions Journals
- Participation in committees and groups related to The GhIG
- GhIG Board
- Chartered Professional Board
- Societies & Committees
- Branches & Student Chapters
- Other Groups – Auxiliaries
- Conference committees
- Publishing project committees
- Mentoring – either as a mentor or by being mentored
- Informal mentoring can be given and received through member activities. Some Branches and Student Chapters hold mentoring information sessions and speed mentoring.
- On the job training
- A variety of on-the-job training can be counted towards PD. The GhIG encourages this practice but does not provide this in any formal capacity.
- Site visits to different operations
- Geoscience Field Course
- Student Chapter field trips
- Conference tours/field trips
- Branch Field Trips
- Community engagement
- Engaging with the community through presentations and active involvement with local community projects to lift the profile of the minerals industry and its professions. Many GhIG members work with their local Branch to participate in this capacity.
PD categories of opportunities
Opportunities exist not only in technical disciplines, but across a number of categories that cater to development of professional and technical skills. There are also a number of external service providers of specialised PD opportunities, which can be located through universities, professional bodies and commercial operators. GhIG Branches may also be able to assist with information on PD opportunities held locally, including technical courses, presentations, seminars and conferences.
The GhIG’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) has been created to assist in promoting professional development through the entire lifetime of minerals professionals and to assist The GhIG in moving forward in focusing on PD as a lifetime of learning, helping others to keep up to date and informed.
The committee is currently focusing on creating new online, face-to-face, and on-site PD opportunities for GhIG members. If you have ideas on PD content or delivery methods that the GhIG should look into please contact us using the feedback form.