The Professional Development Scheme (PDS) is a free, online system for maintaining an audited professional record and for accruing points to build on your professional skills and experience. Please watch our online tutorial for a step by step guide on how to complete the PDS.
There are five tiers of membership which are determined by scores based on your prior experience and training, and on the accumulation of points for any on-going training and development activities which you may undertake.
The Professional Developement Scheme levels are scored as shown in Table 1.
Professional Development Scheme Levels & Scoring
You can earn points from the following:
- Academic qualifications
- Research Competencies
- Professional development activities
- Professional courses and qualifications
- Professional registration
- Relevant publications
Research competencies are weighted, determined by whether you have no experience, are trained, have some experience, are capable, are experienced or are highly competent at each task. Table 2 provides the definitions for each of the research competency grades 0 to 5.
Research Competency Scoring
Not applicable (e.g. if the competency is not useful for the role of the individual)
Task: No experience; never performed the task before
Knowledge: No exposure; never heard of the topic before
Skill: Unable to use skill
Task: Little experience, but received training
Knowledge: Little exposure; but followed courses or read about the topic
Skill: Use skill with difficulty and/or very rarely
Task: Some experience; already performed the task at least once
Knowledge: Some exposure; already applied knowledge of topic in their job at least once
Skill: Use skill inconsistently and occasionally
Task: Capable to perform task
Knowledge: Knowledgeable; frequently apply knowledge of topic
Skill: Use skill appropriately, but only occasionally
Task: Experienced; regularly perform the task in their job
Knowledge: Highly knowledgeable; use, reflect, critically evaluate information related to the topic
Skill: Use skill appropriately, in all relevant situations
Task: Highly experienced; able to train and guide others
Knowledge: Expert knowledge; able to teach and assess others
Skill: Use skill appropriately, consistently and confidently
The number of points awarded for academic qualifications, professional qualifications, registration, publications and some ‘other’ activities are shown in Table 3. There is an opportunity for the user to provide information about ‘other professional activities’ which they have been involved in. These activities will be considered and, if appropriate, scored by the panel once the user submits their profile for moderation.
|Supervision: > 6 students/staff||400|
|Supervision: 1 – 5 students/staff||300|
|Professional courses & qualifications||200|
|Conference: Oral presentation||200|
|Conference: Poster presentation||100|
|Publications: 1st author||200|
|Publications: Last author||200|
|Short course - (0 - 2 wks)||50|
|Long course - (> 2 wks)||100|
|Planning or coordinating||150|
|Seminar/CMES/Journal Club: Presented||50|
|Seminar/CMES/Journal Club: Attended||10|
|Global Health Trials: Submit training material||100|
|Global Health Trials: Submit an article||100|
|Global Health Trials: Reviewer||50|
|Global Health Trials: Taking an e-learning course||25|
|Global Health Trials: Blog||15|
|Global Health Trials: Discussion||10|
|Other relevant professional activities||TBD|
Once you have completed and submitted your profile, it will take about four weeks for the moderation process and the awarding of your membership level to be completed. You will be awarded a score, together with the appropriate membership level (see Table 1). You will be able to print off a certificate and both your score and membership level will appear on your profile.
Remember, when completing your Professional Development Scheme profile you can save and exit at any point and come back to complete later. You can return at any future point and add new skills, training or experience to increase your score. To learn how you can do this see the ‘How To Get More Points’ section.