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How to record CPD

To record CPD, log in to your online account and go to the section 'Your CPD'.

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To record CPD, log in to your online account and go to the section 'Your CPD'. 

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How to record CPD

Contents

Log in to your online account

To access your online account, you should log in using your email address and the password you chose when you created your account.

You can read about what to do if you're having website issues in our website support guide. You may also want to read our online account guide.

Record CPD on your online account (step by step)

  1. Once you have logged in to your online account, select ‘CPD overview’ in the section ‘Your CPD’. This will take you to the ‘CPD overview’ page.
  2. To record a piece of CPD, select the button ‘Record new CPD’ button.
  3. This will take you to a page with important information. You should read this information before you record CPD.
  4. When you are ready to record CPD, select ‘Start now’. This will take you to the CPD form. You can read more about completing the CPD form below.
  5. Once you have completed the form, select ‘Continue’ at the end of the page. This will take you to the 'Review and submit’ page.
  6. Review the information you have provided and select ‘Submit CPD’. The CPD record will not be submitted until you complete this step.
  7. You will then have the option to record another piece of CPD or return to the ‘CPD overview’ page.
  8. Once you return to the ‘CPD overview’ page, you can view any submitted or draft CPD.

How to complete the new CPD form

Based on our consultation with the sector, we have made recording CPD simpler by replacing the unstructured and structured CPD forms with a new, single form.

The new CPD form asks a number of questions designed to help you reflect on your CPD activity, without being too prescriptive.

Mandatory questions

The CPD form has some questions which you must complete before you can submit your CPD record. These are marked (required).

Type of CPD

This is a drop-down list where you must select the type of CPD you did. If you cannot find a type of CPD that describes your activity, select ‘Other’ and write a short description.

In one sentence, describe the CPD activity and why it is relevant to you

You must also complete this question by providing a short description of the CPD activity that you did.

Date of CPD activity

You should enter the date that you completed the CPD activity (not the date you recorded it). If you did a CPD activity that lasted several days, weeks or months, put the last date of the activity.

You should only record CPD dated within the current registration year (1 December 2021 to 30 November 2022). CPD with a date outside the current registration year will not count for registration renewal purposes.

Describe what you have learnt from doing this CPD activity

You may want to refer to the CPD standard when answering this question. For example, you could write about how the CPD activity contributed to an open learning culture (4.5) or kept your practice up to date (4.3).

You should write about 250 to 500 words.

Reflect on and describe the positive impact the CPD has had (or will have) on your practice and the people you work with

This could be people with lived experience of social work, colleagues, or students. If you're not currently working, or not in direct practice, you could think about how your CPD activity might benefit people you come into contact with or the profession as a whole.

You should write about 250 to 500 words.

Which parts of the CPD standard have you met by doing this activity?

You need to select all of the parts of the CPD standard that apply. Standard 4.6 and 4.7 are automatically selected because you will meet them by recording a piece of CPD in your online account.

Checklist

Before you can continue, you must confirm that you have:

  • provided a description of what you have learnt
  • reflected on and described the positive impact of the CPD activity
  • not included any personal information about anyone, including the people you support, colleagues, managers or employers.

Optional questions

The form has 2 optional questions.

Describe what you have learnt from discussing this CPD activity with a peer

By answering this question, you will meet the CPD requirements to record at least one piece of CPD with a peer reflection.

This question is optional for each piece of CPD, but you must record at least one piece of CPD with a peer reflection during the registration year.

You must write at least 250 words.

Read more about what we mean by ‘peer reflection’.

Do you want to upload any additional reflections?

You can use this to upload an attachment of any additional reflections (for example, if your organisation uses its own CPD forms.)

Accepted file types include: Word, PDF, Notepad, Word pad and Open office files.

Please do not upload evidence of your CPD activity, such as correspondence or certificates, as this is not required.

Other important information

Avoid losing work - save as draft

For security reasons, the system will log you out after 60 minutes and you will lose any unsaved CPD. To avoid losing any unsaved work, save your CPD record as a draft.

We recommend that you complete your CPD record in a separate document first and then copy and paste it into our system.

Word limits

All text boxes have minimum and maximum word limits.
The form will tell you if you have done too few or too many words. You will not be able to submit your CPD record until you have corrected this.

Anonymisation

Your CPD record (and any additional documents) must not include any personal data or information about anyone:

  • you support
  • work with (including colleagues or managers).

Personal data and information includes:

  • names
  • job titles
  • email addresses.

Even if you have anonymised the CPD record, the identity of the person may be recognisable if you include details of:

  • dates
  • locations
  • organisations
  • job titles
  • family and personal context.

It is your responsibility to remove all identifying third party details. This is in accordance with data protection and confidentiality law.

All CPD entries that you record in your online account must be your own work.

Spell checking for CPD

When recording CPD, you may want to change your browser settings to turn on spell checking.

Remember to submit CPD

Remember to submit your CPD when it’s finished. Only submitted CPD will count for registration renewal purposes.

More support

We want to make sure that our processes are accessible to everyone. Please let us know if you need:

  • support to record CPD
  • any CPD information in another format
  • an adjustment to the CPD process because of disability

You can call us on 0808 196 2274 or email [email protected] to tell us about what you need, or if you have any questions.

Contact us

If you have any questions about CPD, please read our quick guide on what you need to know about CPD or our detailed CPD guidance.

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