Continuing professional development FAQ


Frequently asked questions

It depends. You should only count activities undertaken as part of your regular work if the activity extends your learning.

For example, you can count conferences, workshops etc. that you attend or present at that are not part of your everyday work role even if they are organised or paid for by your employer. However repeat lectures or workshops that you run on an on-going basis should not be counted unless you can justify how they extend your professional development.

Team meetings or meetings with your manager would not usually count unless there is a specific focus on professional development and learning.

However, case discussion and group learning activities with your work team may count as CPD or peer consultation, and annual/semi-annual performance review and professional development planning with your manager may in some circumstances be relevant as peer consultation.

Yes, you can count CPD you undertake as part of the program towards your regular CPD requirements for general registration and professional supervision you receive in the re-entry program can count for the peer consultation requirement of the CPD standard.

Yes, both full training programs and master classes can be counted toward your annual CPD requirements. Board-approved supervisor training providers are required to provide participants with a certificate of completion which details how much CPD can be claimed for the program, including whether there was any peer consultation.

You can count full training or master classes toward CPD for requirements for area of practice endorsement if you determine that the training is relevant to an appropriate goal set out in your CPD learning plan.

If you are researching or preparing new information you can count it as CPD. If you present the same material at several different forums you should not count it each time. You should only count your own original work, not editing or proof reading of others’ material.

If you are a Board-approved supervisor you can count time you spend researching new information in preparation for supervision.

Yes, and depending on the nature of the study you may also be able to count peer consultation obtained in that context.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is this activity likely to contribute to the achievement of a goal in my learning plan? 
  2. Is the goal appropriate in that relates to maintaining or improving my skills or knowledge in relation to any aspect of my current or future practice as a psychologist? 
  3. Am I going to record this activity in my CPD log and write a reflection in my CPD journal? 
  4. If I am audited and asked why this activity was appropriate, am I confident that I can explain why it was a good activity for me and how it relates to the learning goals I have set for myself?

If you answer yes to all of these questions, then it is appropriate to include the activity in your CPD.

Yes, provided you complete it within the Board’s registration cycle and it meets the Board’s requirements, it is fine to ‘double up’ and count the same CPD for different purposes.

Psychologists who are also registered in another health profession in Australia may find that some of their CPD activities are relevant to the practice of both professions. In this case they could count the same activity towards the hours required for both professions provided the CPD meets the requirements for both boards.

Yes, recording the details of the workshop in your CPD log and written reflection in your professional development journal will be adequate proof of attendance. If you paid to attend the workshop and have a receipt, include that in your portfolio as well.

Yes, as long as it contributes to achievement of a goal in your learning plan.

The Board does not provide certificates of attendance at forums, so if you are claiming it as CPD just record your attendance in your activity log and write some reflection in your CPD journal.

The time that you may count as peer consultation is the time focusing on your own practice or matters directly relevant to your own professional development. In this example, each psychologist could count 30 minutes towards peer consultation. The time spent listening and providing advice to another psychologist may count as general CPD if it contributes to achievement of a goal in your learning plan. The same time cannot be counted more than once, by more than one person, towards peer consultation.

Critical reflection is a learning process in which we think about what has occurred in practice, examine what we thought, how we felt and how we acted, think about what we did well and what we could have done differently, and speculate about what we might do differently in the future.

In peer consultation critical reflection is when you and your peers focus, discuss, examine and provide constructive feedback about an aspect your practice. Our peers help guide us in reflection by asking questions and contributing ideas and advice. The critical reflective process should help us improve the way we practice, and result in changes in our thinking and actions.

No,  A journal club does not count as peer consultation, but it could be counted towards general CPD.

Yes, all psychologists holding general registration must complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD activities annually.

There is no provision in the National Law for a ‘part-time’ or ‘occasional practice’ registration category that would enable different CPD requirements to be set. It is expected that part-time practitioners maintain the same level of knowledge, skill and competence as full-time practitioners.

Part-time practitioners may structure their CPD to suit their work context, for example if you have a low caseload, in peer consultation you may spend less time on case discussion and more time on other aspects of your practice and professional development.

Yes, it is acceptable to keep your CPD portfolio in electronic format. If you are selected for audit you will either need to provide the portfolio in an accessible electronic format or provide a printed version.

You will be required to submit your CPD portfolio to AHPRA within 28 days of the date of the notice.

No, you must retain your CPD portfolio for the time frame specified in the CPD standard - five years.

Your peer consultation log should be signed by your peer/colleague/supervisor where possible. If you have not been able to have your log signed, you will need to provide records that show that the peer consultation occurred, such as your peer consultation log where you recorded the details of the peer consultation, together with written reflection in your peer consultation journal. If you have other evidence such as receipts for professional supervision or letters from your peers that confirm the consultation occurred, please include them in your portfolio as well.

Page reviewed 19/07/2019