Glossary

Terms for the CPD Programme

This Glossary of Terms gives some handy short definitions of key terminology used throughout the new CPD Programme:

ARA Continuing Professional Development Programme– the overall programme

Competency – description of a specific area of skills or knowledge that can be developed to multiple points of attainment

Competency Framework – the collection of 39 competencies that underpin the whole CPD Programme

Levels of attainment – the 5 broad levels into which each competency is divided representing progressive stages of development from novice (level 1) through to expert (level 5)

Foundation – first stage of formal assessment in the CPD Programme open to all ARA members

Registration – second stage of formal assessment in the CPD Programme available to ARA members with a recognised record-keeping qualification or significant professional experience

Fellowship – third stage of formal assessment in the CPD Programme open to members with Registered status

Stages of assessment – opportunities in the CPD Programme to seek formal assessment and validation of CPD at Foundation, Registration or Fellowship levels

Assessment – where a candidate and their portfolio is evaluated with a view to attaining Foundation, Registration or Fellowship status or to revalidate their status

Revalidation –where a candidate and their portfolio is evaluated to maintain their Foundation, Registration or Fellowship status on a 5-year cycle

Portfolio – collected competency write-ups and associated evidence prepared for assessment

Foundation status –having had successful assessment of a Foundation level portfolio

Registered status – having had successful assessment of a Registration level portfolio

Fellowship status – having had successful assessment of a Fellowship level portfolio

Foundation member – ARA member with current Foundation status

Registered member – ARA member with current Registered status with the right to the post-nominal letters RMARA

Fellow – ARA member with current Fellowship status with the right to the post-nominal letters FMARA


CPD Steering Group, July 2017