E​n​​hanced CPD


The enhanced CPD scheme started on January 2018 for dentists and will be starting on 1 August 2018 for dental care professionals.

The main changes to the scheme are:

  • ​The requirement for all dental professionals to have a personal development plan (PDP);

  • An increase in the number of verifiable hours for most professional titles and the requirement to spread the hours more evenly across the five year cycle;

  • Dental professionals no longer have to declare non-verifiable CPD to the GDC;

  • The requirement to make an annual statement of CPD hours completed, even if zero hours have been completed for that year;

  • The requirement to align CPD activity with specific development outcomes;

  • The requirement for professionals to plan CPD activity according to their individual “field(s) of practice”.

Supporting documents for dental professionals

Dental professionals are strongly advised to be familiar with these documents to understand their CPD obligations for maintaining registration.

The guidance document gives dental professionals all the information they need to know, to understand the requirements of the CPD scheme over their CPD cycle.

Since the original publication of the ECPD guidance for dental professionals, it has come to our attention that there was an inconsistency in regard to the requirements for restoration between the rules and the published guidance.  Following review, we have concluded that a change was required to the guidance. This change has now been made.
Please note that the change is likely to affect a small number of dental professionals - those who come off the register for any reason and then apply for restoration. This includes those who do not pay their Annual Retention Fee (ARF) by the end of their registration year and as a result are removed from the register, but subsequently apply to come back onto the register. Evidence of CPD undertaken will need to be submitted with an application for restoration. Further information about restoration can be found on the restoration page.

If the guidance has been previously downloaded (before 21 December 2017) please disregard it and access the new guidance. There has been no change to the providers’ guidance.

​All dental professionals must maintain a PDP which outlines their plans for learning and development. The GDC has developed a PDP template which dental professionals may use or find helpful, and covers all the minimum requirements of a PDP.

This document provides examples across each professional title, to show how the GDC’s PDP might be utilised depending on a dental professional’s title, role and patients.​


All dental professionals must keep a log of all verifiable CPD they have undertaken. The GDC has developed an activity log template which dental professionals may use or find helpful, and covers all the minimum requirements of an activity log.​​

This document provides examples to show how the GDC’s activity log template may be utilised.​


The CPD Rules

The CPD rules set out the requirements for the CPD scheme.​


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