Professional improvement is continuous. It includes certification training and a variety of continuous learning activities that serve to increase the performance capabilities as an acquisition professional. Individual goals that support continuous learning may include the following:
Most workforce members will participate in a combination of continuous learning activities. These activities can be characterized as one of the following:
The following sections and the Recommended Continuous Learning Point Award table describe the guidelines for determining Continuous Learning Points (CLPs). However, these are only guidelines. The supervisor and the workforce member, should use these guidelines to determine points credited for any given training or developmental activity that has not been predetermined by the sponsoring activity.
When experience or other non-assessed activities are to be used to earn CLPs, they must follow certain principles and procedures. Supervisors and employees should pre-define, as closely as possible, the tasks to be accomplished, expected outcomes, and the learning opportunities. If it is an assignment, the individual should be mentored during the assignment. Accomplishment of a product, such as a briefing, a project design, a report, or other work product that shows the learning attained, is desirable. Sharing the knowledge and experience gained and the product with others in the organization should be highly encouraged.
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