I was very surprised to learn today --not from an email to me as a member, but via a LinkedIn post about an online article**-- that ISC(2) is opening a Professional Development Institute and that it plans on hiring 18 staff to "manage content development and curriculum". My thoughts immediately went this way:
- That's what they're doing with the additional AMF money!
- When has ISC2 ever polled me about my professional development (PD) needs?
- Wait, so ISC(2) believes PD is all about courses?? That's a very limited view of PD!
- Wanna bet the PD courses will *not* be free to members?!
- Are they planning to involve members in the development of PD content (with or without acquiring CPEs?!)?
So, I'm very, very not impressed with the way ISC(2) has handled this increase in AMF. I get that there's not been an increase in a long time and the ISC(2) organization is significantly larger than it was 15 years ago. However - there are a lot more people certified now than 15 years ago. And I don't feel like I'm getting any more value than I was 15 years ago.
Rob Slade had it right, feeling like a cash cow.
Nod on the notification, I just learned from you! I do not think it a coincidence this announcement just dropped. So to all those that posted on this thread - it does seem someone might be listening.
The Professional Development Institute has been around for a while but was formally announced last week - I certainly received an email about it from ISC2 on the 14th Feb.
Maybe you guys need to update your communication preferences in your profiles on the member portal?
Also, just to clarify, the courses are available at no additional cost to members.