Frequently Asked Questions

For questions relating to:

Triennium period and the Number of Hours Required

Transferring CPD Programmes

Reflective Statements

CPD Records

Supervision and Training 

General Comments or questions

Recertification Audit



Triennium period and the Number of Hours Required

Q.  When did the triennium period begin?

It started on the 1st April 2017.  The Board has fixed the trienniums to align with the annual practising certificate renewal date.

Q.  I am concerned I will not be able to gain enough CPD hours as I only work part time.

You must still complete the mandatory CPD requirements.  Competence does not equate to the hours you work.  60 hours over a triennium equates to 20 hours a year, or 36 minutes a week.

Q.  How can the 60 hours be split between substantive and general hours, for example can it be split 50/10 or does it need to be more evenly balanced?

The Board’s requirements are:

  • Substantive hours:          Minimum of 35 hours of the 60 required hours.
  • General activities:            Up-to 25 hours of the 60 required hours.

Q.  I have dual scope, how can I split substantive and general hours between both scopes?

Regardless of whether you are registered in either a single or dual scope, you are required to complete a total of 60 hours (35 substantive; 25 general) per triennium.  If you are practising in two-scopes, it is up to you on how you may wish to split it between both scopes.

Q.  If I choose to stay with a CPD provider, how do the points collected for that programme transcribe to hours to meet MRTB requirements?

General rule of thumb: one credit equals one hour.

Q.  I have just returned back to work, how many points am I required to do?

If you are registered for the first time, or returning to practice, the Board has adopted a pro-rata method of five-hours for each three-month period.



Transferring CPD Programmes

Q.  Are all current CPD programmes to end on the 31st March 2017?

No.  The triennium period starts on the 1st April 2017, but you can continue enrolment in a CPD programme.  Just remember to maintain your logbook with the hours you have achieved.

Q.  What is the purpose of third-party providers if it is now individually-based?

Some practitioners prefer working to guidelines and peer reviews. 

Q.  Do I still need to be enrolled in a CPD programme?

The choice is yours.  You can choose to stay with a CPD provider, or you can manage your own CPD.

Q.  What happens with the points I have already accumulated?

Please be assured that your points accumulated so far, is not gone to a waste.  You are able to transcribe those points into hours, and continue to work towards the required number of CPD hours.

Q.  What do I do if I am part way through a CPD cycle with my current CPD provider?

If you want to stay with that CPD provider, you can.  Just remember to maintain your logbook with the hours you have achieved.

Q.  I have completed CPD after finishing my CPD programme, can these be transferred to the first triennium?

Only activities completed within the triennium can be included.  If you have completed CPD activities outside the triennium dates, they cannot be included.



Reflective Statements

Q.  What does a reflective statement look like?

A reflective statement is your understanding of the event, journal or other CPD activity.  You should think about the outcomes, and/or how you can apply to your own practice as applicable.

Q.  I am not very good with computers, how do I create a reflective statement?

The Board has provided a template sample you can replicate, or you can download it from here or from the continuing professional development page on the website. 

You are more than welcome to develop your own.

Q.  How much should I write for an activity or reflection?

It is up to you, how long your reflective statement it, but it should cover:

  • A summary of learnings;
  • How you could or have applied to your own practice;
  • What further learning could you undertake?

A paragraph for each section should be sufficient.


CPD Records

Q.  Do I need to provide evidence of professional development planning?  For example the 5-step systematic approach.

No, you are not required to submit this for approval.  The five-step model is just a suggestion to help you manage your CPD.

Q.  If I do a journal reading, how do I document it?

You would need to reference the journal article, and how long you spent on this particular CPD activity on your record sheet.  Don’t forget your reflective statement.

Q.  What is the difference between a logbook and evidential supporting documents?

A logbook is something you put together, evidential supporting documents would sit alongside the logbook.  For example certificate of attendance, a reflective statement, or abstract of an article you published are just some examples.

Q.  I supervise practitioners and am not sure what “evidence of attendance” in relation to meetings mean, do I have to provide a sign-in sheet for people to fill-in and keep?

No just keep a record of the activity and the hours.

Q.  According to the recertification requirements, I need to have a peer review every 12-months.  I work in different locations for short periods of time, who would be appropriate to provide this? 

The manager of the service who employed you.

Q.  What does 10-supporting documents mean?

A supportive document supports the activity you partook in, for example a certificate of attendance, a reflective statement, or abstract of an article you published are just some examples.

Q.  If I do a presentation or participate in an audit, read a journal, or supervise a student – how do I document it?

You will need to record it on your logbook and include a reflective statement.  If it is a journal, you could include the abstract as supporting evidence.

Q.  Can I record my CPD online, or electronically, or hand writing on the template?

You can record your CPD activities using any medium you like.  At this stage the Board does not have a tool for on-line CPD records, but a typed record is preferable to hand-written.


Supervision and Training

Q.  I spend a significant amount of time supervising and training staff.  How many of these hours am I able to use for extra “substantive” hours?

You can claim some hours for this, but you will need to remember that you would be expected to partake in a variety of CPD activities.

Q.  Do these hours only relate to direct supervision in the work area, or could time spent carrying out tutorials and other forms of teaching also be included?

You can claim some hours for this, but you will need to remember that you would be expected to partake in a variety of CPD activities.

Q.  I am currently completing a trainee-scope, do these hours count towards the number of hours required?

You can claim some hours for undertaking postgraduate studies, but you will need to remember that you would be expected to partake in a variety of CPD activities.


General Comments or questions

Q.  “It wasn’t broken, so why fix it”

If you do not wish to manage your own CPD, you can still continue with your current CPD provider. The choice is entirely yours, the Board introduced a self-manage CPD framework as an option for practitioners, it is not compulsory that you must now manage your own CPD.  You will however need to adhere to the Board’s CPD requirements.

Q.  If I attend a conference, will this count as a CPD activities?

Yes you can, however the Board would expect you to participate in a variety of CPD activities across the triennium.

Q.   What if the CPD activities I have done do not include a cultural aspect?

If the CPD activities you choose to participate in does not cover cultural or ethical practice, you are advised to find an activity that would cover some elements of cultural or ethical practice.


Recertification Audit

Q.  Will all practitioners be audited the first year?

No, up to 20% of currently practising practitioners will be audited.

Q.  If I am not enrolled with a CPD provider, I will only be audited by the MRTB?

That is correct, if you are not enrolled with a CPD provider, you will only be audited by MRTB.  You will need to make sure you maintain your CPD records and keep them for four-years for any one triennium. 

From 2018, the Board will audit up-to 20% of its registrants each year, which means you may be called for audit within a five-year period. 

If you are audited by a CPD provider during the same year you were selected for an MRTB audit, you will no longer be exempted.  You will be required to submit the necessary documentation.