Absolutely, bag/pad work and such is required, no matter what the contact level of the school is. Even if you practice full-contact, you typically do not not use 100% power in training all the time. That is where bag/pad practice is so useful.
_________________________
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin