Professional Development

Professional Development Weighting System

As ordinary members of SLIANZ, interpreters are expected to continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills.

Each year members are required to complete a certain amount of professional development (PD).

Total points requirement

Interpreters are required to achieve a total of 16 points worth of PD per year.

  • 12 or more points must be directly related to interpreting proficiency, language development skills, and/or the interpreting profession.
  • Up to 4 points may be made up of complementary PD not directly about interpreting.

Allocation of points

  • 6 or more hours of PD directly related to interpreting proficiency, language development, and/or the interpreting profession – 4 points.
  • 2 – 4 hours of interpreting related PD – 2 points.
  • 1.5 – 2 hours of interpreting related PD – 1 point.

(PD activities not directly related to interpreting will be awarded half the value of the above points.)

  • Interpreting-related study will be capped at 12 points.
  • Studies that are not directly related to interpreting but are complementary will be capped at 4 points.
  • Serving as a member of the SLIANZ committee 6 points.
  • Being a member of a professional group will be capped at 6 points with proof of attendance.
    • 2 points per meeting. (where the meeting has a PD focus, i.e. is not purely social).
  • Acting as a mentor / supervisor or mentee /supervisee will be capped at 6 points.
    • 6 sessions per year, at a minimum length of 1 hour, will be awarded 6 points.
    • New graduates in their first year of interpreting must meet those 6 points.
  • Writing an article for the SLIANZ newsletter will be awarded 2 points.
    • The points for this will be capped at 4 points per year.
  • Reading a relevant book or article will be awarded 1 point.
    • The points for this will be capped at 4 points.
  • Presenting at the SLIANZ conference (or another relevant conference, e.g. NZSTI, ASLIA etc.) will be awarded 6 points.
    • These points will be awarded on top of points awarded for attending conference.
  • Presenting at a workshop will be awarded 4 points.
    • These points will be awarded on top of points awarded for attending workshop.

This document gives an outline of how points will be awarded for the most commonly undertaken PD activities. However, if members feel that they have undertaken PD that does not match the above categories, they can submit their activities to the PD portfolio holders for them to decide allocation of points. Use the PD Form – custom events to do this.

The SLIANZ committee will organise a minimum of 3 PD events per year and an annual conference. Members will be responsible for organising any other activities/events needed to fulfil their required PD.

If individual members do not meet the PD requirements (16 points per year) there will be 2 results:

  • The individual will not be able to apply for money from the SLIANZ PD fund.
  • The individual’s name will still be listed in the SLIANZ Directory, but the Professional Development section under the individual’s profile on the SLIANZ Directory will remain blank

SLIANZ encourages members to take part in as many PD activities as possible to continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills.