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PACFA launches new CPD Policy

At the PACFA Council meeting in April, changes to PACFA’s CPD Policy were approved. The new Policy, which is effective from 1 July 2017, is simpler and will be easier for Members and Registrants to follow. There are now fewer categories of CPD and the CPD is counted in hours, not points.

For the forthcoming renewal period which takse place in June/July 2017, the old CPD Policy still applies. When the new membership year commences on 1 July 2017, Members and Registrants are requested to follow the requirements of the new CPD policy for the next membership year from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

The CPD requirement are summarised below:

Annual CPD requirement – 20 hours

There are two categories from which the annual 20 hours of CPD required for renewal may be accrued (see definitions below).

Category A:
Minimum annual requirement – 15 hours
The whole of the annual requirement of 20 CPD hours may be accrued from Category A only.

Category B:
Maximum claimable annual allowance – 5 hours

For PACFA Accredited Mental Health Practitioners, it is recommended that 5 hours of CPD relates specifically to mental health practice. This requirement may involve activities from Categories A or B.

For PACFA Accredited Supervisors it is recommended that 5 hours of CPD relates specifically to supervision practice. This requirement may involve activities from Categories A or B.

The 20 hours of CPD must be accrued in the 12 months prior to membership renewal i.e. between 1 July and 30 June in the previous 12 months. The CPD requirements for a registration period of less than 12 months can be taken pro rata in the first year of membership or registration. Pro rata CPD will be calculated on a monthly basis, for example, for 6 months of registration, the requirements will be halved to 10 hours.

For more details, including details of Categories A and B, go to the Renewal Requirements page.

To download the CPD Policy 2017, go to the Documents and Forms page.