Continuing professional development

Continuing professional development 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 CPD over a 3 year period – with at least 10 hours in any one year. The current CPD triennium is 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2021. 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.


  • 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 - review core skills and knowledge to ensure they are consistent with safe, contemporary practice in the profession


The continuing professional development registration standard and guidelines focus on the importance of reflection as a continuing and routine element of good practice.
Reflection is the process you go through when a practitioner thinks more deeply about their learning experiences. For medical radiation practitioners, undertaking reflection enables them to gain insights about their practice and this insight provides greater assurance in the delivery of safe health services. Insight creates greater self-awareness which in turn helps practitioners to understand and manage the way in which they practice.


  • links learning with practice
  • provides greater understanding about how you practice
  • provides greater personal insight into how you practice
  • enables greater self-awareness in the delivery of safe health services

Further information

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

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 2/09/2021