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11-26-2002, 02:41 PM
Does one necessarily have to pursue PD credits that are closely related to the specialization track (i.e. course 8 exam) he/she has written? For example, can one take exam 8V but seek to accumulate PD credits that are health-practice related? Are there any SoA rules that prevent this kind of things?
Grits N Gravy
11-26-2002, 07:50 PM
You are not locked in to a track for your PD. I took course 8F, and have since switched to a pension job. I sent a message to email@example.com asking essentially what you just asked. I received a phone call and the person from the SOA (the name escapes me) explained that the intent of PD is to prepare you for whatever area of practice you aim to pursue.
11-26-2002, 09:03 PM
Thanks for the reply. That was good to know.
11-27-2002, 01:31 PM
btw, this is mentioned in the PD FAQ (http://www.soa.org/eande/faq.html) (question 19) -- emphasis added --
Must the area of practice specified in my PD plan be same as the Track I followed in my previous Fellowship course work? Can I combine more than one practice area in my PD plan?
Typically, the SOA would expect a candidate's PD plan to focus on one practice area. The global educational objective of the professional development component is for the candidate to develop "a deeper understanding of the technical, legal, ethical, cultural, professional and practical parameters that apply to the chosen practice area, within the geographic territory or jurisdiction of the practice of the candidate." This practice area does not necessarily have to be the same as the track previously followed.
It is important that an integrated PD plan follow the educational objectives approved by your advisor and the SOA. It may be questionable whether a split between practice areas within PD would further the development of a candidate's professional background in the way intended by the PD Requirement. However, if a candidate does choose to proceed with a mix of practice areas within his/her PD plan, the candidate is advised to consult with an advisor as soon as possible to determine the value and/or feasibility of such a decision.
11-27-2002, 02:02 PM
Thanks again... :guitarwo:
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