Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A lifelong commitment to specialised education and skill development

RACDS understands that your specialised knowledge needs to stay relevant and up to date. Through its education programs the College is a key body tracking changing trends and directions in the profession.  Ensuring your skills meet current practice standards and that you are alert to progressive research and clinical technique is part of our specialised service. Participation in our exclusive RACDS programs is suited to university post graduate study and all dental careers including private practice, government health service, academia and the defence forces.

CPD Requirements

The RACDS expected commitment to CPD reflects the prestigious expertise associated with Membership and Fellowship of the College.  This equates to having higher expectations from yourself and your peers regarding personal and professional development in your chosen field and communicating this achievement to your patients.  
RACDS expects:  
  • Completion of over 300 hours of CPD over a 5-year period
  • At least one third (100hrs) of these hours must be spent undertaking ‘verifiable’ CPD (i.e. you must have evidence to prove the CPD was undertaken/completed) and the remainder can be ‘general’ CPD.

As per AHPRA guidelines, participants committed to the RACDS's guideline should expect to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of CPD in a year. 
Please refer to AHPRA Dental Guidelines on Continuing Development or the Dental Council of NZ CPD Guideline for more information.

Candidates enrolled in the Membership in General Dental Practice program (MRACDS(GDP)) are required to undertake a minimum of 120 verifiable hours of CPD as part of the program requirements. 
For information on CPD for OMS you can download the Information Manual.


RACDS Courses: Leading Training and Education Courses and Events for CPD

At the RACDS, prominent experts in the field provide regular courses, suitable for all stages of practice, to share progressive research and contemporary and cutting edge clinical practice. 

To register for CPD activities you do not need to be a Member or a Fellow of RACDS

Month Date Event Enrolment Form
May 11 Fri MRACDS(GDP) - CPD Masterclass: Infection Control
Venue: Sydney
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12 Sat MRACDS(GDP) - CPD Masterclass: Practice Management, Law, Ethics and Risk Management
Venue: Sydney
August 3 Fri MRACDS(GDP) - CPD Masterclass: Medical Emergencies
Venue: Sydney

4 Sat MRACDS(GDP) - CPD Masterclass: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
MRACDS(GDP) - CPD Masterclass: Therapuetics in Dentistry, Pain and Pain Management
Venue: RACDS, Sydney
For more information on registering for upcoming CPD Events, please contact Charlotte Anneveld at or call the College office on +61 2 9262 6044

CPD Tracker

Tracking you CPD is important as in many jurisdictions CPD is mandatory requirement of registration.  As such, activities must be recorded and retained by the individual. With the introduction of the RACDS Learning portal, this CPD Tracker will be closed down on 31 December 2015. Fellows, Members and Candidates will be able to continue to view their CPD from here.

As of 1 January 2016 external CPD activities must be uploaded on the
 RACDS Learning portal

View a selection of your CPD history before 1 January 2016 by entering the dates and clicking the Find button below. Leave the dates empty to see your complete CPD history. 
Your CPD history will be displayed. To download an extract of your CPD history click on one of the format icons that will appear above and to the right of your CPD history extract.



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