Continuing Professional Development
CPD is defined as ‘a range of learning activities through which professionals grow and develop throughout their careers to ensure that they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice’.
When working as a professional practitioner, it is important that you keep your theoretical and practical / knowledge and skills up to date in two main areas:
A minimum of 15 hours per year overall must be spent on CPD to meet the requirements. Your CPD must include activities which involve learning specifically about your own discipline(s) as well as more general learning to support your development as a practitioner. This general learning could be focused on issues such as health & safety, first aid or business development.
We recognise a wide range of activities which you can count towards your CPD. These could include, for example:
Unable to meet the requirements?
If you cannot/do not complete the number of hours required, this does not mean you will automatically lose your membership. Mitigating circumstances will be taken into account. Advice will be offered to enable you to complete your CPD, where possible, over an agreed period of time. Should it still not be possible to meet the standards, registration will lapse until such time as they are met.
Choosing relevant CPD activity
These are examples of some types of activities that you may wish to consider when planning your CPD.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT