Professional Development Requirement

Eight Hours of Professional Development Activities

The University of Alberta Professional Development Requirement includes:

  1. an individualized career plan document called an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and 
  2. the completion of eight hours of professional development activities inspired by the career plan. 

As you complete the Individual Development Plan (IDP) self-assessment of your skills and competencies in the IDP package, you should be able to identify your career goals and skill gaps. You are encouraged to find the professional development activities that align with your individual career interests and develop skills not included in your programs to fulfill the eight hour requirement. 

Wondering If Your Professional Development Activities Count Toward The Requirement*

A professional development activity fulfills the University of Alberta Professional Development Requirement if it contributes to the acquisition of skills, knowledge or mindset and includes all of these three components:

  • comprises of formal training or active learning with an assessment component (self-assessment, reflection, quiz, write-pair-share, evidence of knowledge application)
  • falls outside of research methods training, capstone project, thesis or equivalent, and required practicum 
  • supports the career goals and/or seven skills/competencies identified in the individual development plan

*Note: This updated professional development activities guideline applies to all sessions starting Fall 2017. Previous professional development sessions will still be recognized for professional development credit.


To help keep track of your professional development hours:

The Individual Development Plan & Professional Development Completion form must be submitted to your graduate coordinator or graduate chair prior to convocation. The professional development activities, which should be approved by your department, must be completed within the first three years for most doctoral students and time of completion for master’s students. 

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