Continuing Professional Development 

This form has been developed to assist Registered Horticulturists in monitoring their compliance with their continuing professional development (CPD) requirements and in creating a CPD portfolio. 

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What are the Specific Requirements to Maintain Registration?

The Institute’s requirements in relation to CPD are set out in its RH accreditation policy and its guidelines for CPD, published on the Registered Horticulturist page.

The Institute expects Registered Horticulturists to be familiar with and meet the CPD requirements as set out in those documents.

Under the policy, as an Registered Horticulturists you must:

  • Gain a total of 24 CPD points over a two year period to maintain your registration.
  • Maintain your Professional Indemnity insurance.
  • Attend at least three AIH Workshops or seminars or other approved industry events in the first two year period following registration.
  • Attend, subscribe or take part in other related AIH approved activities.
  • Carry-over any points above the 24 CPD points in any one 2 year reporting period to the following period.
  • Maintain this Logbook of your CPD activities.
  • Make available this Logbook that it may be audited by AIH at any time with 30 days notice.
  • Pay an annual RH accreditation fee each membership renewal date.

Planning Your Learning Activities for your CPD Biennial Program

CPD undertaken by Horticulturists should be consistent with the ethics and principles set out in the various policies and codes published by the Institute. In planning your schedule of activities each two year period you should consider and record information that addresses your needs:

  • What learning have you identified to meet your future professional needs?
  • Will the activity meet your learning need?
  • Will the activity contribute to the maintenance and development of your competencies and practices?
  • Will the activity provide better outcomes for your clients?
  • Will the activity contribute to meeting your Social, Environmental, Economic and Cultural accountability? 
  • What opportunities or motivation for further education or learning could the activity create for you?

What are CPD Activities?

Learning occurs through a wide variety of formal and informal activities.

To support an RH program AIH have implemented a CPD Continuing Professional Development calendar of workshops, events and activities.

Other industry events will also be recognised by AIH.

It is recommended that these activities contribute to your CPD plan.

Formal learning activities are activities that contribute to the maintenance and development of competencies and practices.

Formal learning activities may refer to:

  • Tertiary and other accredited courses.
  • Distance education competencies and online learning (should include an examination or assessment component).
  • Undertaking research and presentation of work (for example papers for publication, major conference posters, and officialsubmissions).
  • Making horticultural related presentations (for example research presentations, poster presentations, lectures, seminar presentations).

Informal and incidental learning CPD activities may refer to:

  • Attendances at conferences, forums, seminars and workshops.
  • Self-study through reference materials, journals, subscriptions etc.
  • Case discussion with other professionals/colleagues
  • Attendance at field trips, study tours, involvement in horticultural media events
  • Industry representation
  • Quality assurance activities such as practice accreditation
  • Informal Research
  • Supervision and or mentoring of apprentices, students or new or young practitioners.
  • Peer review groups

Types of Evidence (including but not limited to):

  • Receipts
  • Overview of event
  • Brochure
  • Enrolment
  • Statement of Attainment or Qualification Certificate
  • Photographs / graphics
  • Online booking evidence
Record of Points for CPD Activities and How to Accumulate Points

(Not all categories need to be completed)

Description of ActivityPoint ValueNotes
AIH – CPD workshops and programmed events as per AIH calendar3 points for ½ day workshop; 6 points for full day workshopAdditional 1 point per hour if presenter
AIH-endorsed conferences, seminars, workshops0.5 points per hour of active attendance. Max 6 points per event
Webinars1.5 pointsAdditional 1 point if presenter
Attendance at Regional meetings1 point 
Walk and Talk events1.5 points 
Other industry relevant conferences, seminars, workshops. AIH representation on industry committees0.5 points per hour for approved eventsMaximum 3 points per event
Representation at approved industry events – as approved by the nominated AIH National Council representative 0.5 points per hour of active involvementMaximum six points per event
Field trips, open days, product launches0.5 points per hourMaximum of 3 points per 24 month period
Special consultancies and projects that extend professional knowledge3 points per activity. Maximum of 6 points per 24 month period
Courses leading to formal qualifications or competencies12 points for full qualification Cert IV and aboveOne qualification within any 24 month period of registration
Achievement of individual competencies through recognised approved training provider or other formally assessed learning outcomes from other institutions2 points per competency. Maximum of 6 points within any 24 month period of registration
Supervised research and published papers6 points per project. 3 points per published paper. Maximum of 12 points within any 24 month period of registration
Conference paper with report to AIH Journal4 points 
Contribution of accepted articles to an approved journal0.5 pointsMaximum of 6 points within any 24 month period of registration
Proof of subscription to appropriate journals, magazines0.5 points per relevant subscriptionMaximum of 3 points within any 24 month period of registration
National Council Meeting0.5 point per meeting 
Chairs of AIH Sub-committees and AIH Advisor3 points per year of service 
Specific mentoring1 point p.a. per mentoree 
AIH Conference6 points 
AIH Dinner / Conference Tour0.5 points per hour