Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is the maintenance and enhancement of knowledge, expertise and competence of professionals throughout their careers according to a formulated plan with regards to the needs of the professional, the employer, the profession and society and is identifiably linked to the context of work and/or future career development.

The Board has the following minimum expectations of continuing professional development:

  • Registered social workers maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities in a CPD log/portfolio
  • Registered social workers complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD learning per year
  • Registered social workers undertake CPD activities each year that address identified learning goals and enhance their competence in at least 2 of the SWRB core competences
  • Registered social workers undertake CPD activities in their 5 year competence re-certification cycle that address all SWRB core competences.
  • Registered social workers critically reflect on their CPD learning and the relevance of the learning for their practice
  • Registered social workers utilise a minimum of two different learning activities when undertaking their annual CPD.

The Board offers the following definitions to guide registered social workers as they complete their CPD.

Reflective practice means recounting a past practice example in order to inform future practice. Ethical, theoretical and structural factors impacting upon the practitioner/client system transaction are considered. The practitioner must demonstrate sufficient self-awareness to identify personal assumptions and bias and identify ways in which these were, or could have been, mediated in practice.

Critically reflective practice moves beyond reflection and includes an examination of practice that addresses the practitioner’s own assumptions and the power differentials encountered, taking account of the contextualized and nuanced nature of the environment in which the practice has been undertaken.

All social workers completing the SWRB competence process are required to use the Board’s revised CPD log below.  If you are completing your competence through the ANZASW use the CPD Log provided to members by the ANZASW for recording CPD.

Competence Assessment Application Forms

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CPD Log Example

There are many different types of CPD. Examples include courses, conferences, workshops, seminars, professional reading, research and mentoring. Activities such as staff or team meetings that are a normal part of the work of a social worker are not considered to be continuing professional development.