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					This policy sets forth the requirements of a company with respect to the expected and
required professional development of its employees. Professional development policies
are established to provide an opportunity for employees to obtain additional education
or training. This policy sets forth the requirements to receive training or education and
can be customized to provide for any additional industry-specific language that may be
necessary. This document is ideal for small businesses or other entities that want to
create a customized professional development requirement policy for their employees.
                        [Instruction: Insert company logo/letterhead here.]

                      Professional Development Requirement Policy
     Notice Date: _____ [Instruction: Insert notice date.] This professional development
             requirement policy supersedes all previous versions of this document

This shall serve as written notice to all employees of _____ [Instruction: Insert company
name.] that as of ____, [Instruction: Insert effective date of policy requirement.] _____
[Instruction: Insert company name.] the following professional development requirement
policy will be in effect.

[Optional language: Company may want to state in a sentence or two the company’s
mission statement and/or policy goal or purpose, in a motivational manner.]

This policy will apply to _____ [Instruction: Insert all applicable personnel, or categories
thereof.]

[Comment: The following language is to be used as a guide by the company in developing
its policy, and need not be used verbatim.] The Company will identify organizational goals
and priorities, and develop and implement a range of strategies and programs to enhance and
build the capacity, skills and professionalism of employees to enable them to contribute
effectively to the Company’s mission and strategic directions. The Company is committed to
providing employees with:
    A. The opportunity to develop capabilities that compliment organizational and work unit
       goals.
    B. The opportunity to develop a career plan and participate in career development activities
       that extend and enhance their capabilities and capacity for advancement within the
       Company.
    C. Equity of access to development opportunities.
    D. The Company will strive to plan and prioritize employee development needs in alignment
       with organizational goals, and make all reasonable efforts to ensure equity of access to
       relevant professional development activities and opportunities for all applicable
       employees. Employees are encouraged to take an active role in their own ongoing
       professional and career development and to apply their learning to its most effective use.
The Company recognizes the importance of the following principles underpinning the provision
of a successful program of professional development: acknowledgment of professional
development as a framework to support and encourage continuous learning opportunities; equity
of access to such programs and a recognition that the responsibility for success of such programs
is shared between employees, supervisors and managers, among other core principles.
It is recommended that each employee develops, in consultation with their supervisor, an
individual development plan, in addition to any state required or recommended development, and
that the employee, with the support of their supervisor and Head of Unit, actively implement this
plan and summarize progress and outcomes of the plan at least annually, whether formally or
informally. Supervisors have a responsibility to ensure the effective planning, support,



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monitoring and implementation of such individual plans, and approve and support agreed plans
in line with organizational unit plans and budgets.

In accordance with this policy statement, all new employees will receive the following training
upon hire: _____ [Instruction: Insert applicable training to be provided. If further training
will be provided to all employees or to current employees who take on a new role, please
state same in a following sentence. Also, state here any mandatory amount of training to be
required of the applicable employees, or other requirements.]

[Instruction: State here procedure for employees desiring to take non-mandatory courses,
including to whom requests should be sent, information that must be provided with
request, whether or not payment for same will be provided and if so, whether such
payment must be approved. In certain instances, companies may require an employee to
achieve a certain performance benchmark prior to payment for such development. If so,
please state such performance benchmark here as well. State any other necessary
information, including but not limited to whether or not employees will be provided paid
time off for such professional development, reimbursement of any expenses, or other
important information.]

[Optional: Attach any relevant forms, and state same are attached.]




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Description: This policy sets forth the requirements of a company with respect to the expected and required professional development of its employees. Professional development policies are established to provide an opportunity for employees to obtain additional education or training. This policy sets forth the requirements to receive training or education and can be customized to provide for any additional industry-specific language that may be necessary. This document is ideal for small businesses or other entities that want to create a customized professional development requirement policy for their employees.