CPD requirements

Our CPD requirements are set out in law. The legislation that sets out what registrants must do is found in the governance pages.

We set out the same requirements in our CPD guidance booklet.This booklet also contains some helpful advice, including information about how to make good CPD decisions through planning and reflection.

All registrants should read and become familiar with our CPD requirements in the context of our Standards.

We recommend that all registrants regularly participate in CPD activities and regularly update their details using eGDC

CPD hours ECPD 2017 rules

Dentists

Under the ECPD scheme, dentists will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours verifiable CPD over their five year cycle as well as ensuring they declare at least 10 hours during any 2 year period.​

​From 1 January 2018 all dentists will move on to the enhanced CPD scheme. Depending on where you are in your cycle you will have to complete CPD based on the current and new scheme to be compliant at the end of the cycle. A pro-rata approach will be applied and you will be able to find out how many hours you need to complete by using the transition tool. Once your current cycle ends, the CPD requirements for your next cycle will be based on the new scheme.

 

DCPs

Under the ECPD scheme, the CPD requirement for dental care professionals will be changing. Dental nurses and dental technicians will need to complete a minimum of 50 hours verifiable CPD; and dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists, clinical dental technicians will need to complete a minimum of 75 hours verifiable CPD. 

From 1 August 2018 all dental care professionals will be moved on to the enhanced CPD scheme. Depending on where you are in your cycle you will have to complete CPD based on the current and new scheme to be compliant at the end of the cycle. A pro-rata approach will be applied and you will be able to find out how many hours you need to complete by using the transition tool. Once your current cycle ends, the CPD requirements for your next cycle will be based on the new scheme.

​​Further information regarding ECPD requirements for dentists and dental care professionals can be found in the Enhanced CPD guidance for dental professionals (132.2 KB, PDF).

CPD hours CPD 2008 rules

Dentists

If you are a dentist your first five-year CPD cycle will begin on 1 January in the year after you first register, unless you were already on the register before 1 January 2002. In this case please check page 11 in the CPD guidance booklet for your start date.
 
You must carry out at least 250 hours of CPD every five years. At least 75 of these hours need to be 'verifiable' CPD. Verifiable CPD is explained on page seven in the CPD guidance booklet.
 
You are highly recommended to carry out verifiable CPD in recommended topic areas as part of the 75 hour minimum amount. This is explained on page 14 in the CPD guidance booklet (112.1 KB, PDF).
 

DCPs

If you are a dental care professional your first five year cycle will begin on the next 1 August after you first register. If you registered after 1 August 2008, check page 12 of this guidance for your start date.

You must carry out at least 150 hours of CPD every five years. At least 50 of these hours need to be ‘verifiable’ CPD. Verifiable CPD is explained on page seven in the CPD guidance booklet.

You are highly recommended to carry out verifiable CPD in recommended topic areas as part of the 50 hour minimum amount. This is explained on page 14 in the CPD guidance booklet (112.1 KB, PDF).

For dentist and dental care professionals still under 2008 rules you may find the CPD Recording template (106.9 KB, PDF) useful.

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