Maintaining Professional Competence

It’s About Certification, Not Graduation

The scope of certification is professional, not educational. The emphasis is on training, skills and professional development, and not only on access to information. Skills development involves the ability to apply and implement, and not just the ability to know. Professionalism is about competence, not knowledge.

A degree indicates what you know; a professional designation states what you can do, built on what you know. You earn a degree once, and become a graduate; you renew professional status annually, as a commitment to your own career. To earn a degree you take tests to measure the acquisition of knowledge and awareness of information; to earn and keep professional status you practice your profession.

The professional designation is a public statement of competence and integrity, and a commitment to train for the future. The real test of professionals is not the process they undergo to earn the designation in the first place, but the career paths they pursue and the careers they create as a professional. A profession is a life choice.

The value of your designation is integrally linked to your professional competence and personal career growth. As a P.Log. you are committed to life-long learning.

Professional Obligations

In accordance with the Code of Professional Ethics and Standards of Conduct, you accept the obligation [#2 of 6].

To yourself and your profession: I will guard my competence and effectiveness as a valuable possession and work at maintaining them despite changing circumstances and requirements. Furthermore, I will maintain high personal standards of moral responsibility, character and integrity when acting in my professional capacity.

Due to my obligation to myself and my profession, I will:

  • Not knowingly allow my competence to fall short of that necessary for reasonable execution of my duties;
  • Conduct my professional affairs in such a manner as to cause no harm to the stature of the profession;
  • Take appropriate action on reasonably certain knowledge of unethical conduct on the part of a colleague.

Maintaining your P.Log. annually involves three critical requirements: