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Continuing professional development and HCPC registration

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What are our standards for continuing professional development?
What is the role of employers in continuing professional development?
What activities count as continuing professional development?
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What evidence of activities do I need to keep?
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How does the audit process work?
What should my continuing professional development profile for audit look like?
How do I submit my profile?
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Audit dates 2017-18

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Continuing professional development and HCPC registration


  • Continuing professional development (CPD) is the way in which you continue to learn and develop throughout your career so you keep your skills and knowledge up to date and are able to practise safely and effectively.
  • CPD is not only formal courses but any activity from which you learn and develop.
  • CPD is a requirement of your registration, so you need to meet our CPD standards to stay registered.

What is CPD?



Meeting the continuing professional development standards


You need to do the following.

  • Carry out regular CPD and keep a record of what you do in the way that is most convenient for you.
  • Carry out different kinds of learning activities.
  • Think about how your CPD might improve your practice and benefit your service users.
  • Take part in an audit if we ask you to. We audit a random sample of each profession at every renewal.

What are the HCPC's standards for CPD?



If you are audited


You will only form part of the sample picked for audit if you have been registered for two years or more. If you are picked for audit, you need to do the following.

  • Renew your registration by completing the professional declarations and paying the registration fee (as you normally would).
  • Complete a CPD profile explaining how you have met the CPD standards and send it to us by the deadline.
  • Provide supporting evidence with your CPD profile to show us that you have carried out CPD which meets the standards. Don’t forget to include a dated list of all the activities you have carried out since you last renewed your registration. Explain any gaps in your CPD of three or more consecutive months.

What happens if I'm selected for CPD audit?






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