Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


A lifelong commitment to specialised education and skill development

RACDS understands that your specialised knowledge needs to stay relevant and up to date. Through its education programs the College is a key body tracking changing trends and directions in the profession.  Ensuring your skills meet current practice standards and that you are alert to progressive research and clinical technique is part of our specialised service.
Participation in our exclusive RACDS programs is suited to university post graduate study and all dental careers including private practice, government health service, academia and the defence forces. 

CPD Requirements

The RACDS expected commitment to CPD reflects the prestigious expertise associated with Membership and Fellowship of the College.  This equates to having higher expectations from yourself and your peers regarding personal and professional development in your chosen field and communicating this achievement to your patients.  
RACDS expects:  
  • Completion of over 300 hours of CPD over a 5-year period
  • At least one third (100hrs) of these hours must be spent undertaking ‘verifiable’ CPD (i.e. you must have evidence to prove the CPD was undertaken/completed) and the remainder can be ‘general’ CPD.

As per AHPRA guidelines, participants committed to the RACDS's guideline should expect to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of CPD in a year. 
Please refer to AHPRA Dental Guidelines on Continuing Development or the Dental Council of NZ CPD Guideline for more information.

Candidates enrolled in the Membership in General Dental Practice program (MRACDS(GDP)) are required to undertake a minimum of 120 verifiable hours of CPD as part of the program requirements.

For information on CPD for OMS you can download the Information Manual.

CPD Tracker

Keeping track of your CPD should be simple and convenient.  The current CPD Tracker will no longer be available after 31st December 2015.
However there is a new tracker available through the RACDS Learning Portal sign up today to maintain your professional development and education records.


RACDS Courses: Leading Training and Education Courses and Events for CPD: Enrol Today 


At the RACDS, prominent experts in the field provide regular courses, suitable for all stages of practice, to share progressive research and contemporary and cutting edge clinical practice. 

To register for CPD activities you do not need to be a Member or a Fellow of RACDS

  • To see current and future course and events please click here 
  • To enrol in a RADCS course or event please click here.

Contact us
If you have a request for a course topic or event we would appreciate hearing from you.  RACDS is driven by the needs of the oral health professional community and will respond to requests promptly.  Please contact us with ideas, feedback or comments.