Monday, 12 May 2014

Professional Examination Preparation Hint - Useful Readings

For some time now, we have listed "Suggested Readings" as part of Candidates' preparation for the Professional Examination.  We are working on a better way of making those readings available to you and have temporarily removed the list from the website.  Taking the list down, however, doesn't mean it's irrelevant - the ideas and experiences of those who think about issues of ethics, professionalism and public interest remain relevant - at least in some degree - to today's professional planners.

The "Members Only" section of CIP's website contains a wealth of material you may find helpful.  You can find articles from previous issues of Plan Canada, and the site has a search function so you aren't just browsing, hoping to locate something useful - you can target articles on particular topics (such as "public interest"), to assist you in your preparation.  These articles, aside from their value in Examination preparation, may furnish discussion topics for you and your Mentor.

You may not want to restrict your search to CIP's website, either.  Consider searching the wider internet on topics of interest.  A search on "public interest planning" will bring up some material that is directly relevant, and a more general search on "public interest" will identify some articles or blog posts that may shed light on how other professions deal with this issue.  Note, however, that public interest in the planning context is fairly unique, so a search on "public good" might identify more relevant items.

Don't neglect the list of functional and, particularly, enabling competencies, either (you can find this information as part of the PLAR self-assessment grid (MS Word document), available on our website here).  As you review the competencies, consider what you have learned about them in the course of your education and career, and what your experience has been.  Think about what you did, and about what you could or would do differently next time.

Another extremely important reading is the CIP Code of Professional Conduct (available on CIP's website here).  The Code has two components - the minimum standard itself, and one or two examples of how it may apply in your day-to-day work.  As you go through the Code, it's useful to think of other examples, either hypothetical or from your own experience, where it is relevant.  If the example is something you've already encountered, consider what you did and what you might do differently if the situation arose again.

As always, best of luck with your Examination!