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How should you choose your CPD activities?

02 Oct 2019

Your CPD activities should enhance the service you provide for service users

Continuing professional development (CPD) helps you to keep your skills and knowledge up to date so you can practise safely and effectively.

To meet our standards of continuing professional development, you need to be able to show that your CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to your current or future practice (SCPD 2).


What does the standard mean in practice?

This standard has two parts.

  1. Your CPD must include at least two types of learning activity.
  2. Your CPD activities must be relevant to your practice, now and/or in the future.

You would need to prove both of these if you were selected for audit.


Choosing a mixture of activities

In practice, most registrants will carry out many different types of learning while registered with us. Your CPD activities might be work-based, professional, formal or self-directed.

Any activity you learn or develop professionally from can be eligible for CPD, though you should make sure it complements your practice and enhances the service you provide. There is developing evidence suggesting the most effective learning activities are interactive and encourage self-reflection, and we encourage you to look for opportunities to learn and reflect on your practice with others.

See more examples of CPD activities


CPD is individual to you

You should make your own decisions about the CPD that is most beneficial to you, your practice and your career. For example:

  • Your CPD might help you prepare for a future role, supporting your career development.
  • If you lead a team, some of your CPD might be developing your skills as a manager.
  • If you work in private practice, your CPD might include working on the skills you need to run your practice successfully.
  • If you have an annotation on the HCPC Register – such as in prescribing – we encourage you to consider CPD activities to keep up to date in that area of practice.

Watch our video of HCPC registrants talking about their CPD activities

Learn more at our next CPD workshops
Page updated on: 26/09/2019