Frequently asked questions


CPD Portfolio

Pending activities – Activities entered for you by the college
Some activities may be entered for you automatically, these can include most ANZCA and FPM run events, some modules completed in Networks and some assessments from the Training Portfolio System (TPS). 
You will find these activities awaiting your confirmation in your pending folder.
Please note, you are not required to upload evidence for these activities. It is not required for college verification purposes for activities that have been automatically added for you by the college, therefore certificates of attendance are no longer provided. 

Please contact the CPD team if you do require a certificate for other purposes.


Evidence for my CPD activities

Uploading evidence to your CPD activities is optional, however, we do recommend uploading evidence as you enter each activity as it may save you time in the long run should you be selected as part of our annual verification of CPD activities selection, or as part of an external audit process (e.g. MBA/APHRA or MCNZ). 


How can I access a record of my previous CPD trienniums?

The CPD portfolio contains a record of all previous trienniums, including a copy of certificates of compliance and annual participation, along with a statement summary with your plan and evaluation, and a list of all activities entered.  You can access these records via the Statements and certificates section of your portfolio. 


How can I access a record of my current CPD trienniums?

These can be accessed via the portfolio dashboard, this is located toward the bottom of the screen under Milestones, or via the Statements and Certificates section of the CPD Portfolio. 
In order to gain access to a Statement of participation, you must ensure you have completed your CPD Plan and met the minimum credit requirements for that specific year.
The Certificate of compliance will become accessible to you toward the end of your triennium once you have met all of the triennial requirements.

What do I do if I don't know what category to add an activity under?
A detailed list of all current activities can be found in the CPD handbook, or on the 'Breakdown of CPD activities’ page of the ANZCA website.  These will provide an activity description and where possible guidelines, on what credits may be received and what evidence is required when entering in your portfolio.
If you are still unsure as to what category an activity falls under, please contact the CPD team for assistance.

Is there a CPD app I can download?

No, the CPD portfolio is a web based application that will change visual display based on the device you use to access it. You may be able to create a shortcut depending on whether the device you are using has the capability to do so.  

Recognised Emergency response workshops
A list of all of the currently recognised emergency response workshops and recognition codes, can be found on the ANZCA website. This list also contains all available online workshops, such as the Bloodsafe e-Learning workshops, and our very own anaphylaxis workshop.

There are also several workshops that have automatic ongoing recognition, these include EMAC, EMST, MOET, ALS 1 and ALS 2 (run by ARC/NZRC), APLS, DSATC and ETM, details for these workshops can be found here.

Workshops that are not on these lists may still be claimed toward CPD, but not toward the emergency response category.  If you are intending to attend an emergency response workshop that is not on this list, we would recommend contacting the organisation first to enquire whether they have applied for recognition from the college. If not, you may apply for yourself as a ‘once-off’ by submitting an application along with a copy of the workshop agenda, you may also do this in retrospect if you have already attended.


Appendices for Patient experience survey, multi-source feedback and peer review of practice activities:  

You are welcome to utilise the college appendices, or if you would prefer, you may create your own version that is more specific to your practice type.  Please ensure that it is still in line with our CPD standards

CPD requirements as a Provisional fellow for Fellowship (or PFT): 

As a Provisional fellow, you are required to complete 60 credits worth of CPD activities by the conclusion of the minimum 52 weeks PFT. These may consist of Practice evaluation and/or Knowledge and skills activities.  Provisional fellows are not required to complete the mandatory practice evaluation activities or the emergency response activities, however, they are required to complete their CPD plan. 
Please note:  Additional CPD credits on the same pro-rata basis will be required for time spent in extended training.

Retired, working in non-clinical role: 

Participants who have now retired and/or are not currently involved in direct patient care, may apply to have their practice type transferred from clinical to non-clinical.  If you are still assessing patients and/or writing prescriptions, you do not meet the non-clinical requirements as this is still classed as direct patient care.  You will be required to advise AHPRA/MCNZ of these changes.  Further details can be found here.

Unable to complete the CPD requirements

Participants who are unable to meet the minimum CPD requirements due to exceptional circumstances may apply for special consideration.  The ANZCA and FPM CPD Committee Chair and/or FPM CPD Officer, as relevant, will assess all such applications. 

Special consideration is generally looked at when extended leave from practice has occurred, this could be for such reasons as a serious illness, loss or bereavement or parental leave. Depending on the circumstances, there could be the possibility of an extension to complete any outstanding CPD requirements, or you may have your remaining requirements signed off.

Please ensure your CPD portfolio has been updated to reflect all completed activities, and that you provide as much information as possible to better assist with the decision.  It is preferred that these requests are sent toward the end of a triennium, that way there is a clearer representation of what has not yet been completed.

Special consideration requests are to be emailed to  If your leave from practice exceeded 52 weeks, please also review the Return to anaesthesia practice page.

Selected for the annual verification of CPD activities selection

If you have been selected as part of our random annual verification of CPD activities selection, you are required to ensure your CPD requirements are up to date, your CPD Plan has been fully completed, all required evidence has been uploaded to your saved activities, and that your Triennial evaluation has been fully completed if you are in your final year.

As this is an automated random selection, it is possible that you may be selected multiple years running, please let us know if you feel you have been selected multiple consecutive years and we can bring this to the attention of the CPD Committee Chair for consideration. 

Participants will be notified from September of the relevant year if their records will be subject to verification.  The verification will begin in January of the following year and will continue for approximately three months.  

To ensure timely verification, please ensure you have your portfolio up to date by December 31, you will be notified once we have completed our checks or if we require anything further.

Please note:  There is no submit button, the CPD team are able to access your portfolio directly.


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