Continuing Professional and Personal Development


Continuing Professional and Personal Development recognises the overlap between Personal and Professional Development. It is an ongoing lifelong process. CPPD indicates your level of commitment and expertise in your practice. It enhances your professionalism and highlights new skills you may need in order to improve your work in your field. It is quite clear that it is the Government’s intention to introduce legislation aimed at all complimentary practices that will require a minimum level of CPPD if an association is to be accepted as having professional status. Indeed it is quite possible that it will be illegal to practice without membership of an appropriate professional body. At the very least it is likely that professional status will be required to maintain insurance cover once this legislation is implemented.

All members will be required to complete 22 points in a year. You will be responsible for your own records. All members should set up a CPPD file in which information on all CPPD material is kept including verification of attendance e.g. certificates and receipts. The file should contain sufficient information about each activity that could, if required, be examined by an assessor or facilitator. This is important as a number of members will be randomly selected and be required to submit detailed information and records. At this point in time the level of supervision is under our control but we may find that the anticipated legislation imposes certain minimum requirements.

Differing amounts of CPPD points will be allocated against each of the attached activities. Up to 6.5 points of the Professional CPPD points can be gained through self-directed activities. Evidence must be put in a portfolio as indicated. Points can be mixed to make up the total value. The total points cannot be comprised of one single category. 22 CPPD points are required for each year. If you have more than 22 points in a year you can carry them over to the following year but only for that year. Further information on carry-over points is explained below.

The breakdown expectations for either Professional or Personal Development Fall into the following:

Total Expected points per year: 22 pts

75% Professional life (16.5 pts)

This category is related to anything which you do which is contributing to your professional life either by learning from other resources in your profession or producing an event, product (e.g. book), course etc. in your area of expertise.

The weight of points will vary depending on the degree of intensity for any of the following type of activities.

This includes courses for other therapies, write articles that get published, case studies that get published, home study courses, DVD courses, online courses, University or College Courses, Seminars, Webinars, Teaching a class, Writing a new course, Publishing a book, Attending Conferences, Active Participant in an organization as a volunteer, Planning a professional event. Book Reviews so people can discover books they want to read.

25% Personal life (5.5 pts)

This area covers Personal enhancements that better your personal skill and in turn will enhance you in your professional career.

Some examples of personal life activities include but are not limited t0 learning a new skill, learn new business enhancing skills, writing a business plan, join a health program (e.g. YMCA, Gym Membership, Get a Personal Trainer) to improve your health, Volunteer in your community, etc.

Potential Activies

A broader list of acceptable activities for each category is available here.

If in doubt or not listed, you can send us details of your activity and request acceptance of the program into the CPPD considerations and request a point value.

The term for collecting CPPD points is Jan 1 to Dec 31. Note that additional points (above 22) can be carried forward into the New Year and will be eligible for use only within that year. For example, if you collect 45 points in one year, 23 will carry over into next year with one additional point for that year. That 1 point will not be eligible for carryover again in the third year.

A form is provided for you to have signed at external events or by organizational authorities authorized to sign your CPPD form.