An application is deemed "professional development" or "work-related" depending on whether the program requirement or skills learned from the program can be found directly stated in the job description.
Work-Related: Learning that enhances the knowledge and skills required for work the employee is currently doing, as outlined in the position description. Work-related programs are job specific, a bonafide requirement of the position and address the skills and competencies required to meet the job expectations and the performance standards of the present position.
Professional Development: Programs that develop professional potential and help staff to prepare for the achievement of broader professional goals within the university or learning that is indirectly related to the employee's job as outlined in the position description. Learning that is not a bonafide requirement of the position; for example, courses that lead to a graduate or postgraduate degree, are considered professional development.