CPD Requirements for Occupational Therapists

What is the CPD Registration Standard of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia?

From 1 July 2012 all registered occupational therapists must undertake a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development across two of the three categories outlined in the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia Guidelines on Continuing Professional Development.

The CPD activities must have a clear focus on developing and extending competence in occupational therapy practice.

 

Categories of CPD

Occupational therapists are required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of CPD activity each year with activities from up to three categories may be undertaken to make up the required 30 hours each year. It is not required to undertake activities from all categories, but there is a limit to the number of hours from each category that can be claimed.

There is no specific combination of how the 30 hours is achieved or which categories are followed. Each health practitioner is expected to determine which combination of CPD categories by each individual’s needs in relation to the work they are employed.

Occupational Therapy Australia has developed instructional guidelines to assist members undertaking their CPD to understand these activities and to engage in them. These documents are available on the CPD Tracker page.

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A maximum of 25 hours per registration year can be compiled by:

  • completing tertiary courses leading to a post-graduate award
  • completing training courses
  • completing work-based learning contracts or other assessed activities
  • attending conferences, forums, workshops and seminars
  • undertaking research and presentation of work (this needs to be substantive, referenced and evidence-based)
  • having an article published in a peer-reviewed journal
  • authoring a book chapter
  • making health-related presentations of new or substantially reviewed material (e.g. poster presentations, lectures, seminars, workshops)
  • completing in-service education programs
  • attending journal clubs
  • developing evidence-based practice resources (e.g. completing systematic reviews, developing evidence-based guidelines),
  • distance education or online learning that includes an examination, assessment or certificate evidencing learning outcomes.

A maximum of 25 hours per registration year can be compiled by:

  • completing private study - reading books and journals with a clear relationship to development goals (this activity must be documented to count as CPD) (Informal Learning)
  • completing case presentations and reviews with colleagues (Case Presentations)
  • examining and reflecting on evidence-based resources (systematic review, evidence-based guidelines etc) and implementing changes in practice (this activity must be documented to count as CPD) (Informal Learning)
  • participating in a community of practice, with a record of activities completed
  • reflective journaling involving detailed reflection and writing with a focus on developing competence and quality of practice (Informal Learning)
  • online learning involving discussion, chat rooms, contribution to list-serves, and/or receiving supervision or mentoring from an occupational therapist (to be recognised as CPD, supervision must include a record of the supervision received, the discussion involved and documentation of the outcomes). (Mentoring and Supervision)

A maximum of 10 hours per registration year can be compiled by:

  • completing accreditation activities (inspection teams, evaluation of accreditation reports)
  • completing activities to improve quality or reduce risk in practice, involving evaluation and reporting (Informal Learning)
  • participating in a clinical audit or similar review activity (Informal Learning)
  • supervising undergraduate or post-graduate occupational therapy students
  • supervising an occupational therapist undertaking a practice audit or program of supervised practice
  • providing supervision or mentoring to an occupational therapist (to be recognised as CPD, supervision must include a record of the supervision provided, the discussion involved and documentation of the outcomes) (Mentoring and Supervision)
  • participating in interest groups, committees, groups, boards etc, with a focus on health or professional issues, and/or
  • presenting in-service or training to health professionals or carers.

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