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CPD for Chiropractors


This summary outlines CPD activities that allow the requirements of the Chiropractic Board of Australia to be met. The standards discussed are in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act.

CPD Cycle

The CPD cycle runs for 12 months, from 30th of December to 1st of November. Chiropractors will be required to declare their compliance with the CPD requirements at the end of the 12 months period as a part of the renewal of registration.

CPD Requirements

All chiropractors, unless registered as a student or non-practicing registrant must:

1. Complete a total of 25 hours of CPD activities per annual registration period. 50 percent of these hours (12.5 hours) must be classed as formal learning activities.
2. Hold a current Level 2 or Senior First Aid certificate (or the equivalent) in addition to the CPD hours required.

CPD Activities

CPD is divided into two categories:

1. Formal activities involve clinical matters. They contribute to clinical competencies and practice. For example:
• Distance or online learning, tertiary and other accredited courses and activities.
• Conferences, forums, seminars and workshops.
• Research and presentation of work that is evidence-based.
• Health related presentations


2. Informal activities are more generally related to practice. For example:
• Self study or research
• Clinical case discussion with other health professionals.
• Quality assurance activities.
• Clinical supervision or mentoring of students and practitioners.
Overall, learning activities that help a chiropractor to develop competency and improve the standard of care provided are likely to be accepted as appropriate forms of CPD.

CPD Documentation

Chiropractors are required to keep a personal portfolio of evidence of CPD activities, to be available for an audit by the board. The purpose of this documentation is to show compliance with the CPD requirements and in particular evidence of the formal CPD requirements.
A personal profile should include:

• Collections of personal evidence of ongoing development.
• Records or logs of reflections and evaluations of informal or incidental learning.
• Records of attendance at formal activities.
• Values of the number of hours spent on informal and formal activities.
• Evidence of research and/or other work presented.
For more information about these CPD guidelines click here.

Date of Issue: 1st of July, 2010.
Last Reviewed: 1st December, 2015.
These guidelines will be reviewed every three years.