Continuing Professional 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 Tracker

Tracking your CPD is important, as in many jurisdictions CPD is a mandatory requirement of registration.  As such, activities must be recorded and retained by the individual. As of 1 July 2019, a simple and intuitive tracker is available for all Fellows and Members to use. Fellows in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) will see a customised dashboard and tracker relevant to the speciality.

Our next CPD Offering

CPD Masterclass: Practice Management, Law, Ethics and Risk Management

Date & Time: Saturday 22 May 2021 | 9:00am – 4:30pm AEST

It is important that dental practitioners are aware of the national laws and legal requirements surrounding dentistry. This module will concentrate on the statutory regulations, consent in dental treatment and basic techniques and procedures to ensure patients’ legal and ethical rights are consistently being met. 

A/Prof John Dale AM AO, Dr Alexander Holden, Ms Marianne Nicolle, and Ms Sharlene Wellard

CPD Hours: 6.5

CPD Masterclass: Infection Control

Delivery Method: Pre-recorded lectures, supplemented by a 90 minute live Q&A session

Date & Time:

  • Pre-recorded lectures and lecture notes will be accessible via Learning Management System from 3 May 2021
  • Live Q&A session is held online via Zoom from 6.30pm – 8pm AEST on 26 May 2021

Basic and advanced up-to-date infection control knowledge is imperative to best dental practice. This module has a primary focus on protocols and current developments in infection control in the practice of dentistry and the responsibilities of dental practitioners and their clinical support staff. It includes developments that have been driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, including transmission-based precautions.

Presenter: Emeritus Prof Laurie Walsh AO

CPD Hours: 6.5


The RACDS is mandated by the medical regulators in Australia and New Zealand to monitor the CPD activity of OMS Fellows and specialists. For further information on CPD for OMS, please refer to the OMS CPD Mandatory Compliance Policy and the CPD for OMS Standard.

CPD for General and Specialist Dentists

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.

Fellows and Members committed to the RACDS’s guideline should expect to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of CPD in a year.
Refer to the Dental Board of Australia’s Guidelines on Continuing Professional Development or the Dental Council of New Zealand website for more information on minimum CPD requirements.

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.