How do professionals in fields that change quickly over time (health, technology, etc.) stay certified?



Say you have a medical doctor, or someone who studied computer science (or another field based in science) who graduated with their degree in, say, 1980, and are still working today. Is there any sort of retesting or recertification as new information emerges? Our understanding of STEM, health, and many other fields are constantly changing. Things we believed to be factual in the past often times aren’t in the future. So do professionals in fields like that, who began in these fields decades ago, actually have to learn new things as we learn more? Or can they just keep using outdated techniques?

In: Technology

continued educations. a lot of fields will pay for you to take classes and courses to keep up with the evolution of science/tech

My field has continuing education requirements . X number of hours ever 3 years or you lose your license and have to take the exams all over.

I work in cybersecurity. Every day I check for cyber related news, check the recent vulnerabilities, and learn about anything of importance. That’s usually just in my personal time before I start work.

I also am attending webinars and conferences when I can find the time. Those generate continuing education credits. I take additional courses both to reinforce stuff I already know and to learn new skills. I’m not 100% where I want to be in my career yet so I also spend a good chunk of my personal time studying for the next certification. Getting additional certifications and the courses also generates continuing education credits.

Licenses to practice have to be renewed regularly, and continuing education is part of the process. My wife is physical therapist and has to take and document passing something like 40 hours of continuing ed. every 2 years to renew license. There are also things like attending conferences, in-service programs, etc.