If you are an Enrolled Nurse, a Registered Nurse or Midwife you will be familiar with Nursing CPD registration requirements. The standard applies equally to the Nurses registered with AHPRA who work full time, part-time in paid OR unpaid work. It also applies to those who are on leave except those with student and non-practising registration.
You can read more at Exemptions from continuing CPD for Nurses and Midwives
A popular question asked is How much CPD do I Need?
Here are some key points for your information about Nursing CPD.
- Each Nurse must complete a minimum of 20 hours of Nursing CPD per registration
- If you have been registered less than 12months, pro rata CPD hours apply
- If your CPD activities are relevant to both the nursing profession and the midwifery profession you may count those activities as evidence for both nursing and midwifery CPD hours
- You should maintain records of your CPD activity for 5 years in case you are audited
|Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse||20 hours||20 hrs|
|Registered Nurse with scheduled medicines endorsement||Registered Nurse 20 hours
Scheduled medicines endorsement, 10 additional hours relating to obtaining, supplying and administration of scheduled medicines
|Midwife||20 hours||20 hrs|
|Midwife with a notation and/or scheduled medicines endorsement||Midwife 20hours
Endorsement and /or notation 10 additional hours relating to the context of practice, prescribing and administration of medicines, diagnostic investigations, consultation and referral
|Nurse Practitioner||Registered Nurse 20 hours
Nurse practitioner endorsement, 10 additional hours relating to prescribing and administration of medicines, diagnostic investigations, consultation and referral
|Registered as both an Enrolled Nurse or a Registered Nurse and a Midwife||Complete the amount required for both Nursing and Midwifery
e.g. Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse – 20 hrs
Midwife – 20 hours
|Note: If your CPD is relevant to both the Nursing and Midwifery profession, you may count those activities as evidence for both Nursing and Midwifery CPD hours
Note: of you have scheduled medicines endorsement there is an additional 10 CPD hours
If you have been registered less than 12months, pro rata CPD hours apply.
|Months Registered||Pro rata CPD hours needed|
|0-3 months||≥ 5 hrs|
|>3-6 months||≥ 10 hrs|
|>6-9 months||≥ 15hrs|
|>9-12 months||≥ 20 hrs|
If you are registered and have an endorsement and/or notation for a period of less than 12 months prior to the renewal of registration, the following pro rata CPD requirements apply!
|Months Endorsement /Notation has been held||Additional Pro Rata CPD hours that must be completed|
|0-3 months||≥ 2.5 hours|
|>3-6 months||≥ 5 hours|
|>6-9 months||≥ 7.5 hours|
|>9-12 months||≥ 10 hours|
You can access the standard at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia>>
The Nurses for Nurses Network has a great range of continuing professional development ( CPD) activities that can be completed at a time that suits you 24/7. Don’t forget that there is also a fabulous CPD evidence portfolio creator to take the worry out of keeping track of your CPD – especially as records have to be kept for 5 years!