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CPD in Australia

What is CPD?

CPD is Continuing Professional Development. It's an integral aspect of any profession and, as of July 2010 when National Registration was implemented, an essential one for nurses.

As a nurse, you will need to complete a minimum 20 hours of active Continuing Professional Development learning per year to maintain your Australian registration. If you are a Nurse Practitioner, an additional 10 hours of learning is required.

The CPD you undertake must be relevant to your context of practice. You will also need to keep evidence of all the CPD you complete as the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board may select you for audit in future.

I am a registered nurse. How many hours of CPD do I need to complete each year?

Registered nurses or registered midwives will need to participate in at least 20 hours of CPD. One hour of active learning equals to one hour of CPD.

If I am a Nurse Practitioner, how many hours of CPD do I need to complete?

You must complete the 20 hours of CPD needed for registration as a nurse or midwife and a further 10 hours for your endorsement.

What does an hour of active learning entail?

Some examples of active learning include:

  • Reflecting on feedback and keeping a practice journal. All Nursepoint CPD courses come with a reflective journal for you to complete
  • Acting as a mentor or a tutor
  • Participating on accreditation, audit or quality improvement committees
  • Undertaking supervised practice for skills development
  • Participating in clinical audits, critical incident monitoring, case reviews and clinical meetings
  • Writing or reviewing educational materials, journal articles, books
  • Active membership of professional groups and committees
  • Reading professional journals or books
  • Writing for publication
  • Developing policy, protocols or guidelines
  • Presenting at or attending workplace education, in- service sessions or skills workshops
  • Presenting at or attending conferences, lectures, seminars or professional meetings
  • Conducting or contributing to research

  • Do I need to keep evidence of my CPD?

    Yes, you should hold your evidence for three years in case you are selected for audit. Nursepoint CPD's online CPD portfolio allows you to record your CPD hours taken via the platform and also allows you to include CPD hours untertaken outside the platform

    Do I need to submit evidence of my CPD to NMBA each year?

    No, you only need to sign a declaration to say that you have completed the required number of hours of CPD. Evidence will only be requested if you are selected for audit.

    When do I start counting my 20 hours of CPD for the year?

    The registration period is from 1 June – 31 May.

    When do I need to renew my registration?

    The registration renewal date for the nursing and midwifery professions is 31 May – the annual renewal date for the professions under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

    Will everybody be audited annually?

    No, the Board will have discretion to select a random number of nurses and midwives for auditing

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