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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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All registrants of the General Dental Council (GDC) are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development to keep up-to-date.



How much CPD do you need to do?

You must complete, and keep records of, at least 150 hours of CPD over five years.  Of the 150 hours,  a minimum of  50 must be verifiable CPD, the balance is made up of general or non-verifiable CPD.


What is verifiable CPD?

To count as verifiable CPD, an activity must have:

Additionally, you must get and keep a certificate (or other type of documentary proof) proving you took part in the activity. The certificate should come from the activity provider or organiser, and should show the number of hours you spent on the activity.


Whether or not the activity has quality controls and whether you'll be able to get documentary proof of your attendance/participation are both matters of fact; either there is an opportunity to give feedback and documentary proof is provided, or not. But the questions of whether the activity has concise educational aims and objectives and clear anticipated outcomes are matters on which you must satisfy yourself, using your own professional judgement.


What is General CPD?

General CPD activities are those which contribute to your professional development as a dental care professional, but don't meet all four of the criteria above for verifiable CPD. Examples might include journal reading and private study.


Recommended core CPD subjects

The GDC recommends that all dental care professionals carry out verifiable CPD in three core recommended subjects. The recommended core subjects and suggested minimum number of verifiable hours per CPD cycle that DCPs should spend on them are:


It is recommended that all dental care professionals do CPD in medical emergencies every year.


In addition, the GDC recommends that DCPs working in a clinical environment carry out CPD (verifiable or general) to make sure they are up to date in:


* Instead of radiography and radiation protection, dental technicians can substitute radiography and radiation protection with materials and equipment (at least five hours in every cycle).


Examples of CPD

You might consider the following activities to count towards your CPD. The list is not exhaustive:


How to record your CPD

If you want your CPD to count towards your requirement, you must record it whether it is verifiable CPD or general CPD. You can use the DTA CPD record card for this.


You do not have to use the DTA form for your CPD records, but whatever method you use, you should ensure that you record:

Remember: an additional requirement for verifiable CPD is that you obtain and keep a certificate as proof that you took part in the activity (see above). You might find it helpful to record your verifiable CPD and general CPD on separate sheets, so that activities for which you will need a certificate are readily identifiable.


A template for recording your CPD can be downloaded from the GDC Website or obtained by clicking here (pdf)


Annual CPD returns to the GDC

At the end of every year in each five-year cycle, the GDC will write to you and ask you to fill in a form with a declaration of CPD hours (both verifiable and general) that you have completed that year. Do not send any evidence supporting your declaration. We will write to you if this is required.  When making the declaration for the final year of your cycle you will be asked to confirm the previous years declarations.

Further guidance can be found on the GDC website by following this link: https://www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/requirements


and this link (pdf):



Changes to CPD from 2018

Enhanced Continuing Professional Development is on its way - read more


GDC Quality Controls for Verifiable CPD Advice Sheet

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Take CPD Online

Members can click here to take their CPD on this website


CPD Area Login

ECPD Background

Guidance from GDC

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"Thank you for the excellent cpd you have given me over my cpd cycle, and for the times I have had to phone you .... glad to be part of such a great Assocation and look forward to my next cycle , this time with a great deal more calm thanks to the help of the 'DENTAL TECHNOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION '"

PC, Newry


"Thanks again for a great publication. The CPD is invaluable."

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