by Frank Burtnett, Ed.D.
During these times when every aspect of American life and work has been altered in some way by the coronavirus pandemic, some are wondering how to accomplish ordinary things during this period when a "new normal" appears to have either temporarily or permanently taken hold. For search and staffing professionals and those across the workforce the "new normal" has eliminated or restricted access to the professional development and continuing education activities and the manner in which consumers have accessed them.
Regional, state and local conferences have been canceled, in-house trainings being pushed ahead on business calendars and formal postsecondary education classes have either been canceled or turned online. Each is of the above is just one example of how these turbulent times have affected both employee and employers.
NAPS ~ Early Advocate for Independent Study
Throughout the quarter century that NAPS has had a continuing education requirement as a part of Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing-Specialist (CTS) maintenance requirements, the organization has always been open to independent study and remote educational experiences as vehicles for continuing education. This very electronic newsletter, The NAPS Credential, was created to deliver relevant information, research findings and position papers of importance to NAPS members and those engaged in education for certification maintenance.
Articles in this and earlier editions of The NAPS Credential have been selected because of their relevance to the work of industry professional. Identified with an asterisk (*) each can be read for continuing education credit by NAPS certificate holders. Any CPC, CTS or CERS who reads any six of the linked articles can count two hours of contact time toward the 17 hours he or she must earn each year as a part of their certification maintenance. Reading all four quarterly editions of The NAPS Credential and their links over the course of the year can qualify the reader for eight contact hours or .8 CEUs annually.
In addition to professional reading, NAPS sponsors and delivers an ongoing series of Lunch N Learn programs on topics of practice or business relevance, offerings where continuing education credit can be acquired for successful study completion. Visit www.naps360.org to see the current calendar of programs and [insert link] to access earlier programs that have been archived there and available at any time.
Should any member or certificate holder require additional information or assistance in meeting continuing education requirements or seek approval of a particular educational experience, contact Dr. Frank Burtnett, NAPS Certification and Education consultant at email@example.com.