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What is CPD?
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is defined as the education of practitioners following completion of formal training.

CPD consists of any educational activity which helps maintain, develop or increase knowledge, problem solving, technical skills or professional performance standards all with the goal that practitioners can provide better health care.

CPD includes formal activities, e.g. courses, conferences and workshops, as well as self-directed activities such as preceptorship and directed reading.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), has stated that all licensed practitioners in South Africa must participate in a recognized revalidation process in which they demonstrate their commitment to continued professional development in a framework that is fair, relevant, inclusive, transferable, and formative.
What is a CEU?
A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a measure used in continuing education programs. Generally, a CEU is defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, with qualified instruction and sponsorship.

CEU records are widely used to provide evidence of completion of continuing education requirements mandated by certification bodies, professional societies, or government councils. The term CEU is in the public domain.

Any organization may award a traditional CEU without requiring any accreditation. With a traditional CEU an employer or other organization must decide on an individual basis whether to honor the CEU from a training provider.
How many CPD/CEU points do I need per annum?
Every practitioner is required to accumulate 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per twelve-month period and five of the units must be on ethics, human rights and medical law.

Each CEU will be valid for 24 months from the date on which the activity took place (or ended, in the event of post-graduate studies) after which it would lapse.

This means that practitioners should aim to accumulate a balance of 60 CEUs by the end of their second year of practice, and thereafter top-up the balance through additional CPD as each 24 –month validity period expires.
How do I earn CEUs on MYCPD®?
MYCPD® works on the principle of self-study. You first must study a reading material document, and then complete the assessment questionnaire on our website. Once you have successfully completed the assessment with a pass rate of 70% or more - a CPD certificate will be automatically issued in your name displaying the unique accreditation number, total CEUs and date of the completed assessment.
CPD activities are categorized into three levels of learning activities (according to the measurability of outcome) and are linked to a certain CEU value or weight. Practitioners may obtain all 30 annually required CEU's from any level of activity, depending on their personal circumstances and individual learning needs.
  • Level 1: Activities without a clearly measurable outcome and presented once only, e.g. conferences, CPD meetings, etc.
  • Level 2: Education, Training, Research and Publications, e.g. authoring articles, MCQ’s in journals (paper and electronic), etc.
  • Level 3: Structured learning, e.g. postgraduate degrees and diplomas, short courses with a formal assessment at the end, etc.
How can I keep track of my required CEUs?
The easiest way is to make use of the unique "Online CPD Manager" available on the MYCPD® website. All your CEUs earned on MYCPD® will be recorded automatically. However, you need to manually enter all your CEUs earned elsewhere if you want our CPD Manager to reflect your total CEU portfolio. You can also generate a completed council CPD AR1 submissions form (Individual Activity Record).
When do I have to submit my CPD points portfolio to the HPCSA?
Practitioners will be required to submit their full CPD portfolio of the preceding 3 years to the HPCSA if their names are drawn in a random audit by the HPCSA. Practitioners will be requested to provide proof of compliance with the CPD system within 21 working days. Certificates issued by providers as proof of attendance/participation must be attached to your CPD portfolio form. On receipt of the CPD portfolio from individual practitioners, the HPCSA will analyze the contents and record the points achieved. We strongly suggest that you make a copy of all your certificates AND the completed CPD portfolio form before submission, in case they get lost in the post. Send your CPD portfolio per registered post.
What can happen if I do not comply with the requirements of the CPD system?
The CPD Department of the HPCSA will investigate the reasons for non compliance whereafter the names of bona fide non-compliant practitioners will be sent to the Professional Boards for noting. At the same time those names will be submitted to the CPD Committee for action in consultation with the relevant Professional Board.

The following actions may be taken by the HPCSA:
  1. A letter will be sent to the non-compliant practitioner requesting a reason for the non-compliance. A practitioner will be required to furnish the CPD Department with a letter of explanation within two weeks of receipt of the letter of enquiry from the CPD Department.
  2. Should the explanation be acceptable, the practitioner will be given six months to comply with the CPD requirements. Evidence of such compliance must be received by the CPD Department within two weeks of the end of the six months period.
  3. Should the practitioner not comply with the requirement his/her name will be forwarded without delay to the Committee of Preliminary Enquiry. The Committee of Preliminary Enquiry may decide on the basis of evidence, to grant a final additional 6 month period to comply with the CPD requirements.
Should the practitioner still not comply with the CPD requirements within the second six months period, one of the following actions will be taken:
  • Registration in a category that will provide for supervision as considered appropriate by the relevant Professional Board;
  • A remedial programme of continuing education and training as specified by the Professional Board;
  • An examination as determined by the Professional Board;
  • Suspension from practice for a period of time as determined by the Professional Board; or
  • Any other action as recommended by the Professional Board.