Continuous Professional Development. Australian Institute of TechnicalChefs.  CPD –  AITC
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) enables professional chefs to remain relevant and current in today’s ever changing culinary occupation. It is not only about being “current” which has only a relatively small outcome. It is also a great deal more about encountering new horizons, techniques and learning alternative opinions to shows you consistently expand your culinary knowledge as a professional. It is also an integral activity you will agree to when inducted as a professional chef into AITC. 
Apart from identifying your status in the public and industry community as a professional chef, CPD separates professionals from ordinary chefs by segregating the skilled from the semi-skilled.
In situations like long service leave, maternity leave, illness, extended vacations, retirement, temporary leave from your career, or other legitimate situations that prevented you from maintaining your full professional development commitments, you may apply to the council for a reduction or exemption. This must be tendered in writing.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What   is required to be re- accredited? Conditions for continuing membership requires a minimum of fifty (50) credit points of professional development points during the initial two years and thereafter 50 hours every five years.

How long do I have to respond?  Members need to complete their record approximately one month prior to due fees. Members must respond within one calendar month of receiving notice of their continuous development record. This is best achieved by keeping up with your own online record

How do I claim credit points for an activity not officially identified – Precedence of unique claims for CPD activities will be set by the AITC council. However, as a general rule, 1 hour in a development learning initiative nominally equate to 1 credit point.

What happen if I am refused continued registration? When de-registered, your certificate and license is withdrawn, and you will be  deregistered on the Institute directory. If de- registered, you will need to apply and pay the registration fee again for “affiliate” membership.

Can I appeal for not being re- registered? You may appeal in writing if de-registered. However, expect to attend or explain to a council meeting why you have not achieved the continuous development points required for re- registration.

What affect will the Covid 19 pandemic have on CPD? The institute will be extremely flexible with CPD requirements given the crisis in 2020

Will all members of the institute be audited?   NO, we intend to basically follow a professional honors system; however, to maintain creditability, we intend to audit a percentage of membership at random.

Activities are defined as involvements that influences and stimulate personal and/or professional development and external to your day-to-day occupational role. (With the exception when training apprentices) Points may be accumulated from activities that are participatory, networking, advisory, educational, training, social and more.

Additional and unique activities submitted to council for consideration must include a description, and approximate hours involved in the activity which must be individually beneficial, culinary or occupation specific, have a measurable outcome, linked to a time-period, relevant to the responsibility of a professional chef, or a TechnicalChef in an associated professional career.

Professional chefs and those in associated careers that support chefs, develop through a number of educational activities, such as: Association memberships, Competitions, Conferences, Courses, Unique Eating out, Exhibitions, In-house training, Internet, Master classes, Mentoring Networking, Self-directed learning, Social activity, Workshops, Seminars and more.

For an activity to be recognised it must be relevant to improving your current or future job or role as a chef, or in an occupation emanating from a professional chef.

This information will be kept confidential; however, record may be subject to our own audit processes.
Members who must be logged in will see their own record.