Continuing Professional Development

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 Tracker
Tracking your CPD is important, as in many jurisdictions CPD is a mandatory requirement of registration.  As such, activities must be recorded and retained by the individual. As of 1 July 2019, a simple and intuitive tracker is available for all Fellows and Members to use. Fellows in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) will see a customised dashboard and tracker relevant to the speciality.

Fact Sheets about changes to CPD:
for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons click here
for General and Specialist Dentists click here

Instructions for New CPD Tracker:
for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons click here
for General and Specialist Dentists click here


The RACDS is mandated by the medical regulators in Australia and New Zealand to monitor the CPD activity of OMS Fellows and specialists. For further information on CPD for OMS, please refer to the OMS CPD Mandatory Compliance Policy and the CPD for OMS Standard.

CPD for General and Specialist Dentists
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.

Fellows and Members committed to the RACDS's guideline should expect to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of CPD in a year. 
Refer to the Dental Board of Australia's Guidelines on Continuing Professional Development or the Dental Council of New Zealand website for more information on minimum CPD requirements.

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.

CPD Entered Prior to 1 July 2019
Data entered between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2018 is available for view and this data is available for download through the RACDS eLearning system. Fellows and Members should ensure they use the new CPD Tracker through the website from 1 July 2019 onwards. 

How do I Download my CPD from eLearning?


For more information on registering for upcoming CPD Events, using the CPD Tracker or accessing past CPD records, please contact or call the College office on +61 2 9262 6044. 
For OMS enquiries, please email or call the College office on +61 2 9262 6044. 

Our Next CPD Class

Therapeutics in Dentistry, Pain & Pain Management
A/Prof Mark Schifter
Saturday 14 September 2019
Time 9:00am - 12:00pm

This module explores the range of current medications and other therapeutic treatments applicable to general dentistry. The module affords working practitioners the opportunity to assess their own therapeutic and pain management treatment practices and consider alternative or updated medications or plans. Therapeutics in dentistry, pain and pain management brings the focus back to the principles of diagnosis and prescribing, pharmacology, under and over prescribing and pre- and post-treatment pain management.

Clinical Examination Technique and Dental Imaging
Dr Louise Brown
Saturday 14 September 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Dental imaging forms a key component in the examination, diagnosis and treatment planning and evaluation of our patients across all age groups.  Candidates will be asked to consider how to appropriately select from the various imaging modalities available to them, from intraoral images, OPGs and CBCT scans with respect to the ALARA principles. The scientific evidence base to justify the use of CBCT over plain film imaging will be critically examined and clinical guidelines will be presented. Tips will be given on extracting the maximum diagnostic yield from dental imaging.

For enquiries or assistance to enrol, email