Professional Development

Professional Development

USFN is committed to provide members with lifelong learning and training opportunities through an array of Professional Development programs and activities. USFN’s distinct leadership programs are designed to train future leaders by providing Hands-on training from scientists, Industry Experts, executive coaches, networking opportunities with colleagues, as well as mentorship from USFN leaders.

Benefits of USFN professional Development Programme

Network and receive mentorship from USFN leadership

Gain exposure from government research agencies

Enhance leadership skills through interactive sessions

Receive first-hand advocacy experience

Join a community of education scholars,

Undergo learning Environmental Engineering & science training,

Design an USFN education activity based on learning theory and learning science,

General Career Guidance

Publication Guidance

What Does CPE Mean?

CPE stands for continuing professional education, which allows the person to be a lifelong learner, and someone who cares a great deal about keeping abreast of changes in their field. In some careers, continuing professional education is a requirement for some people who want to practice in their research field. USFN has a Continuing Professional Education cell to organize conferences

What Are CPE Credits?

CPE credits can be earned by participating in training workshops, conferences, online classes and webinars that are approved by the professional organizations pertaining to the education being received. USFN provides the CPE by organizing conferences, Webinars, workshops etc.

It’s also important to note that there is a financial commitment you will need to make in order to earn CPE credits. In order to make our members benefit USFN will provide additional education to their members for their professional development. USFN will provide its members CPE training by organizing Conferences, workshops, Faculty Development Programmes, Short Term Training Programmes. To apply for CPE Programmes the professionals must be a member of USFN.

The type of training provided and how it’s administered will determine the amount of credits one can earn. For instance, depending on the information – a professional needing to earn so many credits in a month – might find the most efficient way to do so would be to attend a CPE approved conference.

Attending two days workshops could earn credits. If attending a conference proves difficult for other professionals, perhaps participating in a webinar once a month for an hour can earn credits.

What Is a CPE Course?

If you’re in a career that is emerging or even interested in a field of work that is offering more opportunities, participating in a CPE course could be right for you. A CPE course allows students to engage in education that is new due to regional or global factors that are driving more interest in the field. A CPE course can provide fresh material and insight as well as feedback and direction from industry leaders.

Participating in a CPE course will allow students and professionals to take a range of classes dedicated to the specific field they’re interested in or currently in, meet other students and possibly career contacts that will help them move forward. More importantly, for the dedication to the course and continuing with professional education you could be awarded a certain number of CPE credits or a certificate that shows you have completed all the requirements.

Additionally, participating in a CPE course may prove to be very beneficial to the academicians and students, and it will be helpful for their professional development.

Attending two days workshops could earn credits. If attending a conference proves difficult for other professionals, perhaps participating in a webinar once a month for an hour can earn credits.

What Is the CPE Certification?

Each year, to stay current within your field with the CPE credits that have been earned, it might also be necessary for you to obtain a CPE certification. CPE certification can be required to show that an individual has taken all the correct steps necessary to obtain the correct amount of CPE credits they have to earn each year. Depending on the career field, such as accounting or teaching, the CPE accounting credits would need to be tallied and made sure that the correct credits were obtained.

When all the requirements have been met, a Continuing Education Programme certification will be awarded for the individual to use. Additionally, depending upon the field where the CPE certification is earned, it would be impressive for clients to know that the individual they are receiving guidance from has the most up-to-date information and data in their field.

It should come as no surprise that any additional training that will help someone advance in their career or to enter into a new field will be time-consuming and perhaps in some cases even cost-prohibitive. But knowing the difference it will make in one’s career and future can certainly be worth the reward.

Earning CPE credits and or participating in additional CPE courses not only presents one as a life-long learner but also shows someone you're serious about the career. With enough focus, research and dedication, earning CPE credits can be done in no time and will make a difference. Becoming CPE certified can lead to new growth opportunities and the ability to be an expert in one’s field.

In today’s difficult job market, any additional education particularly in a certain field, can make an individual with CPE certification or experience in obtaining CPE credits more valuable during the hiring process. It can also make a difference for a hiring and firing manager to make sure an individual receives a promotion or the ability to stay in a role when positions are being eliminated. Continuing professional education will always keep you current and at the forefront in changes in your chosen field.