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CPD for Occupational Therapists


This summary outlines CPD activities that allow the requirements of the Occupational 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 the 1st of December 2013, all practicing OT’s must comply with the boards CPD requirements (that is, every 12 months, thereon).

CPD Requirements

All practicing and registered OT’s are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD activities annually. Practitioners are required to declare compliance with the CPD Standard at each annual registration renewed. Of these 30 hours CPD:

1. A maximum of 25 hours must be gained from formal and/or informal learning activities.
2. A maximum of 10 hours may be gained from engagement with the profession.
Please note that a practitioner can apply for partial exemption from the CPD standard in special circumstances, where a minimum of 12 hours of CPD is accepted. Special circumstances may include ill health, maternity/paternity, bereavement, travel etc. Please contact the Board for more details.

CPD Approval

The Board does not approve CPD training or education providers to deliver CPD activities. Approving providers to deliver CPD restricts consumer choice and may be perceived as suggesting one provider has a commercial advantage over another, discouraging OT’s from selecting from the full range of training options relevant to their specific professional practice. It is the nature of the activity that determines it being CPD, not the provider, site or time at which it is undertaken. Each OT may choose how they wish to accumulate their minimum of 30 hours CPD from a mix of activities.

CPD Activities

CPD is divided into three categories:

1. Formal learning activities. Examples include:
• Attending training courses, or tertiary courses leading to a post-graduate award and/or assessment or certificate of achievement.
• Completing work-based learning contracts or other assessed activities.
• Attending/completing conferences, forums, workshops, seminars, in-service education programs and journal clubs.
• Undertaking research and presentation of work – referenced and evidence based.
• Having an article published in a peer-reviewed journal or authoring a book chapter.
• Making health-related, educational presentations of new or substantially reviewed material e.g. posters, lectures, seminars, workshops.
• Professional information exchanges at meetings.
2. Informal Learning activities. Examples include:
• Completing private study, internet researching, teaching or participating online learning.
• Completing case presentations and reviews with colleagues.
• Examining and reflecting on evidence-based resources an implementing changes in practice.
• Participating in a community of practice.
• Reflective journalism involving reflection and writing with focus in developing competence and quality of practice.
• Receiving supervision provided written records are maintained.
3. Engagement with the profession. Examples include:
• Completing accreditation activities.
• Completing activities to improve quality or reduce rick in practice, involving evaluation and reporting.
• Participating in clinical audit or similar review activity.
• Supervising undergraduate or post-graduate OT students.
• Participating in interest groups, committees, groups, boards etc with health or professional issues.
• Presenting in-service or training to health professionals or carers.

CPD Documentation

A CPD record must be kept to document details of activities completed, as well as a CPD portfolio with evidence of completed CPD activities. This evidence must be retained for 5 years. Occupational Therapists will be required to sign a declaration of compliance with the Boards Standard each time registration is renewed. Evidence of CPD activities does not need to be submitted every year, however if chosen for a periodic random audit, CPD records and portfolio of evidence must be produced.

1. CPD record for each year of activity should include:
• Goals and outcomes of CPD.
• Details of CPD activity (date, activity time, provider or participants/resources) for each of the CPD categories.
• The contribution of that activity to your goal to enhancing your competence in OT, and a brief summary of implications for practice.

2. CPD portfolio. Examples of evidence for the portfolio include:
• Certificates or awards for courses completed.
• Certificates of attendance for conferences or workshops.
• Descriptions or notes of self directed learning activities completed.
• Copies of literature reviews, case studies, journal club notes, reflective journal entries etc.
For more information about these CPD guidelines click here.
Date of Issue: 1st July 2010
Last reviewed: October 2013
These guidelines will be reviewed every 3 years.