What are the educational and training requirements for a competent profession?

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Todhunter, Barrie James. 2004. "What are the educational and training requirements for a competent profession?" Nel, Marina (ed.) NOSHCON 2004: 43rd Annual International Safety, Health, & Environment Conference. Sun City, South Africa 04 - 07 May 2004 Johannesburg, South Africa.
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What are the educational and training requirements for a competent profession?

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AuthorTodhunter, Barrie James
EditorsNel, Marina
Journal or Proceedings TitleNOSHCON 2004: International Safety, Health and Environment Conference Proceedings
Number of Pages14
Year2004
Place of PublicationJohannesburg, South Africa
Conference/EventNOSHCON 2004: 43rd Annual International Safety, Health, & Environment Conference
Event Details
NOSHCON 2004: 43rd Annual International Safety, Health, & Environment Conference
Event Date
04 to end of 07 May 2004
Event Location
Sun City, South Africa
Abstract

This paper looks at the educational and training requirements for competent professionals, albeit in the context of project management, for which the author provides postgraduate studies in a Master of Business Administration program.

With increasing expectations of excellence in the delivery and implementation of services in management sectors such as occupational safety, health and environmental risk, the community today demands a level of education and training appropriate for such professions. From a time when on-the-job training was deemed more than adequate for many service industries, and through a subsequent period that focussed on vocational competencies, we have now reached an era where educational and training programs are expected to be of the highest standards so that service industries can take their place among the 'recognised' professions.

Tertiary institutions are now looking at what defines the attributes of a member of a 'profession', and how those attributes can best be achieved. Going far beyond delivery of simple knowledge and skills, professional education demands that students undergo a personal and professional transformation to deal with the range of qualitative issues that require higher levels of judgement and compliance with ethical standards.

The author is a senior lecturer with the University of Southern Queensland in Australia specialising in professional education in project management as part of a Master of Business Administration program offered in multiple modes including face-to-face, print-based, online and in a new hybrid model utilising the multimedia capabilities offered through the use of CD-ROM digital technologies. He is currently engaged in doctoral studies and research into professional education, distance education and adult education, and this paper presents the findings of the early stages of that research, offering insights into the important issues and suggesting guidelines for the development of effective professional education programs that will also have implications for the occupational safety, health and environmental risk sector.

Keywordseducation, profession, competencies, project management, occupational safety, health and environmental risk, higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390103. Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
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