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Standards of continuing professional development

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a range of learning activities through which professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they continue to be able to practise safely, effectively, and legally, within their changing scope of practice.

CPD is an important part of registrants' continuing registration with the HCPC. We expect registrants to continue to develop their knowledge and skills while they are registered so we can be confident that they are able to practise safely and effectively.

Our standards for CPD say that a registrant must:

1. maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities;
2. demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice;
3. seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery;
4. seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user;
5. upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the standards for CPD.

More information
We have added a series of resources to the registrants' section of our website for registrants to use when choosing CPD activities and writing a CPD profile if selected for audit. It includes advice about how to meet the standards and an online presentation for information about the audit process and how we assess CPD profiles. In addition, detailed guidance is available on how to write a CPD profile, including the information to include, templates to use, and examples of profiles written by members of professions regulated by the HCPC.

You can find information on CPD by clicking here.

Download the documents relating to continuing professional development below

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