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TAEPDD511 – Maintain and enhance professional practice

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This unit of study focuses on your professional development as a vocational education professional. It starts with establishing a model standard of performance in a professional role followed by identifying your responsibilities and incorporating them into professional practice, with an emphasis on ethical and inclusive conduct. The second part involves planning for personal & professional development by assessing vocational competence and aligning it with regulatory requirements. Collaboration and feedback-seeking are encouraged in implementing your professional development strategies.

The unit covers the need to stay updated on industry trends and incorporating feedback for continuous improvement. Lastly, we look at a systematic review of professional practice, involving research, feedback utilisation, and ongoing documentation for refining and enhancing your professional performance.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Model Expected Performance: Learn to define professional standards by recognising responsibilities, adhering to ethics, and integrating legal requirements.
  • Plan Professional Growth: Evaluate your skills, align them with regulations, seek input, strategise, and document a development plan.
  • Undertake Development: Implement your development strategies, collaborate, seek feedback, maintain networks, research trends, and document your progress.
  • Review & Enhance Practice: Explore trends, use feedback and continually assess and document areas for professional growth.

Course Content

Model expected standards of performance
In this lesson, the focus is on establishing a high standard of performance in a professional role. It begins with the identification of individual job responsibilities and their integration into professional practice, adhering to both organizational and legal mandates. Additionally, it emphasizes the application of ethical and inclusive practices, ensuring that professional conduct is not only efficient but also morally and culturally sensitive. This comprehensive approach aligns personal responsibilities with broader professional and ethical frameworks.

Plan your own professional development
This lesson delves into planning one's professional growth. It commences with a thorough self-assessment, examining vocational competence, industry relevance, skills, and knowledge. A comparison with VET regulatory standards is performed to identify professional development needs. Seeking input from peers and experts is encouraged to gain diverse perspectives. Subsequently, suitable professional development strategies that align with regulatory requirements are identified. The culmination involves the creation of a comprehensive professional development plan, integrating the chosen strategies to meet individual needs and fulfil regulatory expectations.

Undertake your own professional development
In this phase of professional development, the focus is on translating plans into action. It involves implementing chosen professional development strategies in accordance with organisational protocols. Collaboration with peers is encouraged, with a particular emphasis on constructive feedback exchange aimed at enhancing personal professional practice. Additionally, feedback from peers is actively sought and acted upon to drive self-improvement. Furthermore, maintaining and actively engaging in relevant professional networks is highlighted to continually enrich professional skills. Staying updated with industry trends and VET developments is essential, and their integration into one's role is crucial. Lastly, a systematic documentation process is in place, ensuring that professional development activities are recorded and that the development plan is regularly updated following organisational guidelines

Review and evaluate professional practices
The final phase of professional development involves an in-depth review and evaluation of one's practice. This process encompasses researching the latest industry developments and trends that affect the professional role and identifying ways to incorporate them into daily performance. Constructive feedback is leveraged to pinpoint areas in need of improvement and to initiate changes that enhance one's work performance. Additionally, a comprehensive self-assessment is conducted to identify and document specific areas where professional practice can be further refined, culminating in a continuous cycle of self-improvement and adaptation to evolving professional demands.

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