Certified disability workers must maintain their membership in ADWA and demonstrate their commitment to continuing professional development by submitting a brief report on their professional development activities for the previous period and their plans for future development.
ADWA recognizes that professional development opportunities vary by location and personal circumstances and feels that an individual's professional growth is best served by a self-directed plan of development rather than identifying of specific qualifying training opportunities or a specific number of professional development hours.
Professional development opportunities may include
- Workshops or seminars
- Reading books, articles and websites
- YouTube and other videos
- Mentoring and being mentored
- Training or making presentations
just to name a few options.
It is not necessary to create a unique professional development plan to meet the requirement of certification maintenance. You may use the same one that is part of your employer's performance appraisal process, if you choose. The benefit of this approach is that your employer is more likely to support you to achieve your professional development objectives if they are familiar with it and already engaged.