Kenya Veterinary Board Accredited CPD Activity Goes Live on ApexCPD

A Kenya Veterinary Board Accredited CPD Short Course went live on www.apexcpd.com on 29th October 2020 and is valid until December 31st 2020.

The Short Course, by Dr. Kenneth BVM, MSC. (Pharmacology & Toxicology) Ongoing PHD is the head of the Analytical Chemistry and Food safety Laboratory at the Department of Veterinary Services Upper Kabete.

The course Standards and Market Access Requirements for Dairy Products provides knowledge for animal health professionals so that they can support dairy cattle farmers in the Kenyan dairy sector to produce milk that is safe, traceable and certifiable for local and international market access. Food safety and hygiene is increasingly becoming important with milk identified as a major hazard.

This short course gives animal health professionals in the dairy value chain the knowledge of the regulatory requirements on food safety, quality and traceability at every stage of their operation so that the milk and milk products are safe for human consumption.

The course is Credited with 6 CPD Points and can be done from the comfort of your phone at your own time speed and convenience. The platform is designed in such a way that you can always come back and continue from where you left.

It has 8 Modules and 20 quiz questions. The passmark is 75% meaning you must get 15/20 questions right in order to get your CPD Points. If you do not pass the first time, you can take the course all over again.

The course costs only Kshs 1,000/- and earns you 8 Silver Badges and 1 Gold badge as loyalty rewards. You can use this badges for discounts next time you take a course with us.

We are already in the process of submitting another course for accreditation. Be on the lookout for this one too.

Find the course here.

Once you finish, we will update KVB on your own behalf with the points earned and You can download a certificate which you can now update your CV with.

Contact us train@apexcpd.com or call us on 0777217603 if you need any assistance. All the best.

What Next? Turn your Webinar Into a Short Course

Seven months ago, you probably had no plans of hosting a webinar. Perhaps it was not something you knew much about. Twenty-eight weeks later, you may have hosted a few, participated in others, and are planning to get involved in several more. You know the best platforms to host, their pricing plan, and the etiquette required while online.

Webinars have been a great revelation and new tool to engage our customers and attract others to our offering. They are a good teaching tool and a discussion forum. Other times they feel like a great brainstorm and you wish there was more time and content available.

You have recorded your webinars and they are hosted somewhere and those who did not get a chance to attend can access them on demand. All in all, it is highly likely that you have built more content in the last seven months than you previously had in years.

You have established your expertise, created sales leads, and built your brand value through the webinars.

What next? How about you now turn that webinar into a short course?

A short course is a learning programme that gives you combined content or specific skills training in a short period of time. Short courses often lean towards the more practical side of things and have less theory than a university course – this gives you more hands-on experience within your field of interest.

If someone has participated in a webinar in the last seven months, they have probably taken an online short course as well or looked at one. They definitely know someone going through eLearning at the moment, perhaps a colleague, a child or a friend. Short courses, like webinars, have had a whole new life.

The webinars you have hosted have been more like brainstorms. You gather experts together with a lead who takes your audience through a presentation and then a question and answer session ends it all. In the process of presentation and interaction, so much is discussed but hardly in-depth. New insights are generated but they can hardly be explored. In the end, there are more leads as to what the audience would like, and this can hardly be covered by another webinar. Enter the short course.

Webinars are a great focus group. They have allowed you to know what your audience really wants to learn about. Now it is time to take it further and even offer a certificate for that short course.

How about you put all the presentations at your webinar together, note the audience needs from the question and answer, and now go deeper into the content and present it as a short course?

ApexCPD will be happy to assist you along the path. We will give you the resources you need in order to plan, structure, and develop a course that meets your target audience’s learning and development needs. We will host your content on our Learning Management System and help you reach a larger audience. With a short course, you can now monetize your content as well.

Doesn’t this sound like a great What Next?

Contact us at train@apexcpd.com or call us at 0777217603 and we’ll be happy to help you along the way.

 

Find, Take & Track your Professional Development

2020 has been an awakening year for the world. Monumental changes have taken place both at the global and personal level. The professional has not been left behind in the ravage that the COVID 19 pandemic continues to leave behind.

A halt to the global economy due to lockdown measures and an almost shut down in some sectors has led to the loss of jobs, fewer clients for professional services, and low returns. Few have seen a positive change in fortunes.

As people begin to pick themselves up with measures in place that have made it certain that business may never return to the usual, there are certain gains that have emerged that should never be lost. In fact, certain gains should be encouraged and enhanced. This dark cloud has a silver lining too.

Perhaps the most important gain that has been made has been the leap forward towards personal development and wellbeing. Where people generally used New Year resolutions to make strides forward and the occasional personal resolution to improve certain aspects of their lives, the COVID 19 pandemic brought real need, opportunity, and time for reflection and planning.

Long stays at home have made people appreciate the need for more comfortable spaces to live in. Many have made improvements in their living spaces. The health risk associated with the virus made many conscious of their health; more people have taken up exercise and more have made better health choices in their consumption.

The closure of schools made eLearning the only possible form of instruction; millions of students, teachers, and parents have for the first time had experience in eLearning and many will never go back to the old normal.

Professional development became encouraged and long lagging development opportunities suddenly got uptake. Many professionals have taken up online classes, some have attended webinars and many more have found an online resource or tool that has inevitably increased their knowledge, skills, or productivity.

Zoom, previously a lagging tool is now ubiquitous. It has allowed professional associations to hold virtual annual general meetings that have had thousands of members in attendance where before attendance used to be in the hundreds. Lawyers are able to attend court virtually in different towns in a single day where before adjournments would have been sought.

In the midst of these changes, losses, uncertainties, and apprehension, it is easy to lose track of the monumental gains made in personal improvement. New habits have been learned and enforced. It is imperative that we seek to encourage and build them towards the future. Years, if not decades, of personal and professional development initiatives, have been achieved in months. The old normal is in many ways, a thing of the past.

Professional learning and development has also been jolted to the future. Deployment of learning and development at the workplace was faced with its biggest obstacle with stay and work-at-home measures.

New ways and tools of learning and development were adopted. Professional organizations have had to keep their Continuing Professional Development programs running in new and innovative ways.

In fact, the number of CPD events have been considerably more than when they were limited to physical assembly for participation. Non accredited CPD has also proliferated with numerous initiatives by subject matter experts all over the place.

Setting up your professional goals and taking the steps you need to actualize them is now much easier than before. If anything, many more people are now quite clear about what they want to achieve in their professional lives in the short, mid, and long term.

In the context of these gains, it is absolutely important for the professional to have tools that help them set up their goals, scour what opportunities are available, book the ones they would like to participate in, and manage and track all activity from one tool. A one-stop-shop for CPD management.

Once goals are set up, say for example network more, learn a new skill, enhance a skill you already have, find a new job or start your own practice, managing and tracking this process now becomes the critical part of the goal.

ApexCPD is such a tool and resource. We list for you all CPD opportunities both accredited and non-accredited, allow you to schedule and book them at one go, set up reminders, help you list other activities you may have attended while offering you short courses you can take at your own time and pace. A progress bar allows you to view how far you have gone and how far you are yet to go.

Short courses are also a key feature of ApexCPD. While events, seminars, and forums introduce you to new ideas and trends in the profession, short courses allow you to go deeper and actually gain knowledge and competence in these subjects.

Where events limit you to general information on certain topics, short courses allow you to specialize either through a subcategory or through levels. Short courses are easily adaptable to either beginner, intermediate, expert, or area of specialization.

Professional development is also an opportunity to develop beyond the scope CPD points may take you. Indeed, some goals may not be achieved within the structure of CPD programs. This should not be a limiting factor.

With a tool that allows you access to these opportunities, a whole new world of possibility opens up for you. It is our mission to help you grow professionally by giving you the tools, resources, and opportunity access to make your new normal achievable. What would you like to achieve this year?