Revised CPD standard for all medical radiation practitioners published today

30 Oct 2015

The Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, which regulates Australia’s 15,000 registered medical radiation practitioners, has today published the revised continuing professional development (CPD) standard, which will come into effect on 1 December 2015.

To help medical radiation practitioners prepare for commencement, the revised standards are being published in advance.

The revised CPD standard will replace the current standard and will apply to all registered medical radiation practitioners. Practitioners will need to meet the obligations of the revised standard by the next registration renewal period on 30 November 2016.

Revised registration standard

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Continuing professional development registration standard PDF 
Word version 
1 December 2015

Revised guidelines and information for practitioners

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Continuing professional development guidelines PDF 
Word version 
1 December 2015
Changes to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) registration standard PDF 
Word version 
30 October 2015

The main changes in the revised CPD standard are:

  • Provisional registrants must now meet the CPD standard.
  • CPD programs no longer require Board approval.
  • At least 35 hours of CPD must be substantive activities.
  • Increased focus on reflection.

The revised standard was approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council on 27 August 2015 and was part of a scheduled review of standards. A public consultation was held as part of the review. National Boards today published consultation reports providing a summary of the consultation processes, rationale for any changes and proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned. The submissions to the public consultation are published on the past consultations page.

The Board will soon be publishing a revised professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements standard, which will be in effect from early 2016.

In February 2016, the Board will be publishing a revised recency of practice standards. The revised standards will take effect on 1 December 2016 to allow medical radiation practitioners to become familiar with the requirements.

Additional resources

The following additional resources about the revised standard are available on the AHPRA website.

  • letters of approval
  • consultation reports:
    • Continuing professional development registration standard 
    • Recency of practice registration standard 
    • Professional indemnity insurance arrangements registration standard 
  • common FAQs and timetable for commencement
Page reviewed 30/10/2015