Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia - Continuing professional development
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Continuing professional development

Continuing professional development (CPD) plays a role in protecting the public by ensuring that registered practitioners are up to date with the skills, knowledge and attributes for safe, contemporary practice in the profession.


Medical radiation practitioners must complete 60 hours of over a 3-year period (triennium) – with at least 10 hours in any one year. 

At least 35 hours of CPD must be substantive activities. Substantive actives are those learning activities that have a significant intellectual or practical content that is relevant to a practitioner’s area of practice or their emerging area of practice.

The current CPD triennium is 1 December 2021 to 30 November 2024.**

To better understand CPD obligations please read through the registration standard and guidelines below.

Plan, Do, Record, Reflect


  • are best placed to determine the most appropriate activities for their professional development
  • should plan their CPD activities based on a self-assessment of their needs and interests
  • must balance their learning – before pursuing interests ensure core skills and knowledge are up-to-date and consistent with safe, contemporary practice in the profession
  • should include CPD activities that develop cultural competence and cultural safety
  • record and reflect on CPD activities


The continuing professional development registration standard and guidelines focus on the importance of reflection as a routine element of good practice.

Reflection enables greater insight about practice and the delivery of safe health services. It is an essential process for self-assessment of value of learning and next steps.

Further information

For further information, please refer to the documents below or contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495

** the Board will commence a review of the CPD standard in 2022

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Continuing professional development registration standard PDF (144KB) Word version 
1 December 2015
Continuing professional development guidelines PDF (301KB) Word version
From 1 December 2015
Policy on ultrasound CPD PDF (375KB) Word version
1 January 2014
Application for partial exemption from CPD requirements PDF (267KB) 1 December 2015

Retired versions

Document PDF Date of effect
Retired version: Continuing Professional Development guidelines PDF (141 KB) To 30 November 2015
MRPBA - CPD - Infographic

Practitioners are required to maintain appropriate records of CPD activities. You can choose how you do this and the CPD Guidelines provides details of what needs to be recorded.

TO assist practitioners the Board has a template that practitioners can use to record their CPD (please download a template and save onto your computer to maintain your records):

The Board has a tip sheet to help registrants manage and meet mandatory CPD requirements.

Infographic shows CPD requirements

An infographic outlining CPD requirements at a glance is a handy resource for both practitioners and employers.

The Board’s CPD registration standard allows the Board to grant an exemption from or variation to, a practitioner’s obligation to undertake CPD. In exceptional circumstances the Board will consider granting exemptions from the minimum requirement of 10 hours of CPD each year and on no more than two occasions in a triennium. That is, the Board may grant exemptions for up to 20 hours of CPD out of a total of 60 hours of CPD in a triennium.

Practitioners applying for an exemption can use the ‘Request for partial exemption from continuing professional development’ form below.

Page reviewed 7/10/2022