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3. The Rationale and Practical Requirements for CPD Accreditation

3.1 CPD forms part of the practice of any professional and for practitioners in clinical imaging, radiotherapy and oncology, appropriate standards of CPD are defined by the College of Radiographers.

3.2 The College of Radiographers alone is uniquely placed to define appropriate standards of CPD for practitioners in clinical imaging, radiation therapy and oncology.

3.3 The College of Radiographers provides for the accreditation of all members’ CPD activities.

The College of Radiographers offers CPD accreditation to all members and promotes the value of the certificate of CPD accreditation as clear evidence that professional standards for CPD have been met. Accreditation and certification are only accessible through CPD Now. Accreditation requires a minimum of twelve CPD activities, appropriately documented in accordance with the requirements of CPD Now, and referenced to an individual CPD framework of six professional outcomes. The twelve activities must have been recorded, or significantly updated, within the two year period immediately preceding the request for accreditation. Accreditation is a process of self-certification and the certificate is generated electronically.

3.4 CPD accreditation demonstrates that the individual practitioner has met the College’s CPD requirements and it is envisaged that a certificate of CPD accreditation will be recognised by the profession as clear evidence that appropriate standards of CPD are being met.

3.5 CPD is concerned with professional practice (in contrast with learning or educational achievement). The professional body alone can define profession-specific standards of CPD and can accredit the practitioner who meets these standards.

3.6 The practical requirements for CPD accreditation are set out in the College’s on line CPD portfolio, CPD Now.

3.7 CPD accreditation can only be awarded by the College through CPD Now.

3.8 CPD accreditation will initially be achieved within two years of starting to put together an electronic portfolio through CPD Now. Once certification is achieved it is maintained by adding to the portfolio on a regular basis. The practitioner can use the system to generate a current certificate of CPD accreditation at any time, provided that the conditions for accreditation continue to be met.

3.9 The College will require the submission of a current certificate of CPD accreditation as a condition of the renewal of registration on the Society’s register of assistant practitioners.

3.10 The College will require the submission of a current certificate of CPD accreditation as a condition of the renewal of registration on the Society’s register of advanced practitioners.

3.11 For all other practitioners, the College regards the certificate of CPD accreditation as evidence that the practitioner has met appropriate standards of professional accreditation. It must be emphasised that CPD certification cannot of itself provide evidence of competence or of fitness to practice.

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