Continuing professional development (CPD) resources

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the means by which dental practitioners maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

Dental practitioners are required to meet the Board’s Registration standard: continuing professional development (the standard), which is in effect since 1 December 2015 (see below).

The standard applies to all dentists, dental specialists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, oral health therapists and dental prosthetists, except those who hold one of the following types of registration:

  • non-practising registration
  • limited registration in the public interest
  • limited registration to sit an examination, or
  • student registration.

The Guidelines: continuing professional development provide information on how to meet the standard (see below).

Dental practitioners are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of CPD activities over a three-year CPD cycle.

Each three-year CPD cycle covers three registration periods. The start and end dates of the three-year CPD cycle have changed as follows:

Current CPD cycle

1 December 2016 to 30 November 2019.

Next CPD cycle

1 December 2019 to 30 November 2022.

Transition period

To allow for a change in CPD cycles to 1 December to 30 November, there was a five month transition period between 1 July 2016 to 30 November 2016.

During this period of transition, dental practitioners were encouraged to continue to undertake CPD activities. Any CPD activities that dental practitioners completed during this time can count towards the new cycle starting on 1 December 2016.

CPD hours completed in the five-month transition period could not be counted towards the CPD cycle that ended on 30 June 2016.

Further information

For further information, please refer to the documents below or contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495.

Document name  PDF  Accessible format  Document date 
Dental continuing professional development registration standard  PDF (193KB) Word version
1 December 2015 
Dental guidelines on continuing professional development  PDF (285KB)  Word version
1 December 2015 
FAQ - Continuing professional development  PDF (146KB)  Word version
November 2019
Page reviewed 21/11/2019