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The RACS CPD Program is supported by a refreshed 'CPD dashboard'.
- Navigate between the previous, current, and the next CPD period
- View your overall progress in terms of percentage and days left
- Define and manage your CPD Plan based on your Area of Practice
- Complete and manage Audit, Education, and Performance Review related activities
- Access help and knowledge articles
- Manage your profile
- Complete and view your progress on Education related activities
- Submit Exemption Requests
- Manage Areas of Practice
- Access to CPD certificates and transcripts
An example of the CPD dashboard is displayed below.
CPD mobile app
With the CPD mobile app, you can manage your CPD from the palm of your hand by completing CPD activities as per your individual Learning Plan.
To download the app, please follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Download the App
Scan the QR code or click the link below as per your mobile phone operating system and download the app for free!
Completing my CPD
The CPD Program requires participants to self-report their activity. Once a participant has logged sufficient activity against each category, the online platform will automatically recognise their compliance with the requirements. Participants can finalise their CPD for that year and access a CPD certificate.
For those participants who are selected to verify their participation – 10% per annum – they must first provide evidence of participation in the activities logged, sufficient to meet the minimum requirement for each category.
Please click here to access example profiles and how they would complete their CPD.
Each year 10% of RACS participants are selected to verify their CPD activity. The verification process requires participants to submit supporting documentation for their activities to a level sufficient to meet the minimum requirements in each category. Participants will also need to demonstrate that the activities are relevant to their self-defined Areas of Practice.
Participants selected for verification will be notified at least 6 weeks before the end of the CPD period.
You can make an application for an exemption through your CPD dashboard. All applications are and assessed confidentially by the Professional Standards Manager and/or CPD Lead. Where further information or assessment is required, the Professional Standards Manager or CPD Lead will contact the participant to confirm their consent to escalate the matter to the Executive Director for Surgical Affairs (Australia), Surgical Advisor (Aotearoa New Zealand) or the Professional Standards Chair.
Requests for exemptions can be for the full requirement or a partial exemption from one or more category.
Participation in another CPD program (RACS Fellows only)
As part of RACS’ commitment to continuous improvement, a new three-step system to facilitate the reassessment of RACS decisions has been introduced.
This process is available to any person, organization, or body corporate directly affected by an adverse decision made in relation to the training and education functions of the College.
Where applicable, and after meeting the requirements set out in the Reconsideration, Review, and Appeals Policy (RRA Policy), applicants can have an adverse decision reassessed as per the three steps outlined below.
For further information, please refer to RRA on the RACS website.
In addition to guides, professional development and standards, RACS offers support to participants to complete their CPD via:
- Executive Director for Surgical Affairs (EDSA) in Australia and Surgical Advisors in Aotearoa New Zealand - available for advice and support on request
- Clinical Director (SIMG) - available to support SIMG’s on a pathway to FRACS
- Audit Assistance;
- Peer review of audit
- Peer review of medico legal reports via the RACS medico legal section
- Peer review of locum logbooks facilitate via the EDSA
- Advice on ANZASM participation via the Clinical Director, Research and Audit