Up-to-date about the latest legislation and regulations
DSI certification stands for professional expertise, today and in the future. That means you as a Certified Professional must stay up-to-date about the latest legislation and regulations on an annual basis. Successful completion of a DSI-accredited Continuing Professional Education program (Permanent Vakbekwaam Programma) indicates that you meet all of the requirements as a Certified Professional.
The program was created in close collaboration with the sector and the supervisory body. It is vital for professionals to keep up to date about the many new developments within the field and changes to relevant legislation. Clients expect certified professionals to be informed about current events. The government has imposed requirements on employees with customer contact. And aside from all that; clients should be able to expect a certified specialist to keep up with developments in their field. All DSI Certified Professionals and Candidate Certified Professionals are required to participate in the Continuing Professional Education program.
As a Certified Professional, you have until 1 January of the following calendar year to complete a Continuing Professional Education program. That means that you will have until 1 January 2023 for completing the 2022 Continuing Professional Education program. The new Continuing Professional Education period starts each year on 1 January. DSI has made agreements with the program providers that each January they will submit an overview of all individuals who have successfully completed the programme over the past year. We will then update this information in our administrative systems.
Certified Professionals and Candidate Certified Professionals who were certified by DSI after 1 January are not yet required to successfully complete the Continuing Professional Education program during the first calendar year of registration. This obligation goes into effect in the next calendar year.
Certified Professionals who change jobs before 1 July must complete the Continuing Professional Education program for their new position (and therefore the relevant DSI register) before the end of the year. Certified Professionals who change jobs after 1 July can complete their original programme.
If you change jobs from the Information Provider register to the Advisor register for the same category, then you can also complete the original program.
DSI accredits education providers that offer up-to-date and relevant Continuing Professional Education program. The DSI advisory committees have chosen the required subjects for the Life-Long Learning programmes, which are listed thematically. The thematic overviews for 2022 are available here. Completing a program offered by an accredited provider ensures that you are kept up to date about all of the important current developments in your field.
Several different providers offer accredited Continuing Professional Education program, so we recommend that you ask your employer if the organisation has made any arrangements with a specific provider. Many DSI participants have made such arrangements, so you may not have to choose a provider on your own. Other employers allow their employees to select and register with a provider of their choice.
The education providers are free to set their own rates, which may differ from provider to provider. It is important that you complete a Continuing Professional Education program that applies to the specific register for which you are certified.