Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important because it’s about staying current, engaging in life-long learning that enhances your professional development and cultural competence. CPD challenges preconceptions and supports you to achieve good outcomes for the people you work with.
CPD addresses your learning/training and education and development needs, as identified by yourself, your employer, and/or your supervisor. The goal for your CPD is to build capability that aligns with the SWRB’s ten core competence standards.
Within your CPD log, which must now be completed annually, it is an expectation that:
- your CPD activities are linked to the ten core competencies and ensure that your practice remains current and relevant
- at least one of your CPD activities must address practice that supports your competence to work with Māori
- you have completed a minimum of 20 hours CPD during the year.
NOTE: You do not need to address all ten competencies every year, but you must demonstrate competence to work with Māori every year.
You have the option to include critical reflection in your log. However, providing evidence of critical reflection is no longer a requirement of the SWRB.
As a registered social worker, you should record your CPD in MySWRB. This tutorial explains what you need to do:
The CPD log is currently aligned with the Practising Certificate year which runs from July to June.
The SWRB audits five per cent of registered social workers’ CPD logs each Practising Certificate year. It is important you keep your log up to date on MySWRB and ready to be audited as part of this process. If you are selected as part of the five per cent, you will be notified by the SWRB.