Monday, 28 April 2014

September 2014 Professional Examination - Get Ready!

Are you thinking about sitting the Professional Examination this September?  Now is the time to begin your preparation!  If you haven't already downloaded the Examination preparation package, you should do so not - it has information on the types of questions and subjects you can expect to see, some preparation hints, a sample question and model answer, and more.  You can get it here.

Our experience with the Examination so far shows that the better prepared you are, the better you will likely do.  Candidates who begin their preparation a month or so ahead of the Examination date aren't allowing themselves enough time.

As a reminder, the Professional Examination deals with three areas:
  • Public interest
  • Professional responsibility
  • Ethics

How can you prepare?  Here are two tips from other Candidates:

  • Review your work experience and mentorship logs:  as you've progressed through your career, you've encountered situations that offered learning opportunities in the areas you'll be examined on.  A review of your work and mentorship logs allows you to think about those opportunities, what you learned at the time, and what you can add to that learning based on further experience.  Your work logs can be especially helpful regarding the public interest, but there may also be material on professional responsibility and ethical behaviour.  It might be helpful to grab a copy of the CIP Code of Professional Conduct and cross-reference it with your logs.
  • Talk with your Mentor and/or Sponsor:  this is a natural follow-up to a log review.  Were there situations you encountered that were especially challenging from a professional or ethical perspective?  Discuss them with your Mentor or Sponsor.  Ask your Mentor/Sponsor what s/he would have done.  Did your Mentor/Sponsor ever encounter a similar situation?  How did s/he handle it?  What situations taught him/her the most about professional or ethical behaviour, or about public interest?
I'm writing this in April 2014; unless you're reading it sometime after about 2017, there's not much point asking your Mentor or Sponsor about his/her experience writing the Professional Examination.  Why?  Chances are s/he qualified under the old system and didn't write this Examination, and his/her experience with the oral exam won't be very helpful.

As always, best of luck with your Examination!

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