Professional Development (PD) Report Instructions

  • Download the PD Report template
  • Each time you participate in a PD opportunity, make that entry to your report.
  • The title column should be the name of the book, conference, etc.
  • The date column will be the date of that event.
  • The credits column will be the number of credits for that entry. (Refer to the section 'How Many Credits?'.)
  • PD opportunities should be in one of the specified categories.
  • A PD Report should be maintained by each staff member in an ongoing manner and submitted annually with the Employee Appraisal.

Questions you may have:

How do I know if it qualifies for PD?

The goal of professional development is for employees to partake in activities that will enhance the growth of the employee in the following categories:

  • ACU Mission: ACU Mission, values, or culture
  • Communication: verbal, nonverbal, or written communication
  • Departmental: departmental specific areas
  • Leadership: ways to lead others
  • Personal Professional Development: mentally or physically enhances the employee's job performance
  • Spiritual: enhances spiritual growth (Spiritual activities that are approved by your supervisor count towards PD.)
  • Supervisory/Management: helps employees utilize various skills & tools to manage others
  • Technical: provides the skills necessary to utilize technology
  • Human Resource Development: provides skills in Human Resource Management
  • Financial: training in both professional & personal finance

How many credits is a PD item worth?

Conferences/Training Sessions: 1 hour in session = 1 PD Credit (ex. 4 hours spent in session = 4 credits) Lunch and travel time do not qualify.

Books: 50 pages = 1 PD Credit (ex. 100 page book = 2 credits)

Audio/Video tapes: each hour = 1 PD Credit (ex. 180 minute tape = 3 credits)

ACU for Credit Classes: 10 PD Credits for each class taken towards a degree

How much PD Credit do I need?

A complete portfolio of Professional Development would include some training hours in each of the categories listed. The recommended training hours per year are as follows: 

Non-exempt Staff: 20 - 26 hours 

Exempt Staff: 31 - 41 hours 

Executive Staff: 48 - 61 hours

In keeping with the performance appraisal numerical ratings of 5 to 1, the following are professional development hour equivalents for the rating scale:

Non-exempt Staff Recommended PD Hours = 20 - 26 Hours 

Rating:

5

4

3

2

1

0

Hours:

26 or more

20 - 25

14 - 19

8 -13

1 - 7

0

Exempt Staff Recommended PD Hours = 31 - 41 Hours

- 20 

Rating:

5

4

3

2

1

0

Hours:

41 or more

31 - 40

21 - 30

 

1 - 10

0

Executive Staff Recommended PD Hours = 48 - 61 Hours 

Rating:

5

4

3

2

1

0

Hours:

61 or more

48 - 60

32 - 47

16 - 31

1 - 15

0

If you have any other questions concerning Professional Development please email humanresources@acu.edu or call HR Frontline at Ext. 2359.