Microlearning activities

Microlearning activities are bite sized, interactive learning opportunities, which are easily accessible via mobile phone, tablet or computer. They capture key messages and focus on the immediate information with links to gain a deeper understanding if required.  These activities count towards Category 3 CPD points. 

We value your feedback, please take a moment complete this brief microlearning evaluation

Coming Soon

2020 CPD Update

We understand that while COVID-19 will impact each surgeon differently, the restriction on participation and access to continuing professional development (CPD) events will affect everyone. Considering these circumstances and the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we have approved the extension of the CPD period for 2020 to May 2021. Fellows will not be subjected to verification of CPD for this period. We will develop activities throughout the year to support Fellows to meet CPD requirements. The revised RACS CPD Framework is scheduled for launch in July 2021 and we look forward to communicating changes to you throughout the year.


RACS CPD is an annual program running from 1 January to 31 December. CPD is due by 28 February each year for the previous calendar year.

We are currently reviewing the CPD program to bring you a comprehensive and rigorous program, supported by a streamlined and intuitive online platform. This work is being undertaken in a phased approach, and we will be seeking consultation and providing updates along the way.

Where can I get help?

The CPD team are available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm (AEST) and can be contacted at +61 3 9249 1282 or cpd.college@surgeons.org

2019 CPD due now

The College recognises that some Fellows are experiencing increased workloads and/or altered working conditions at present. We are here to support you to finalise your requirements as soon as possible and will be taking a flexible and individualised approach to assist.

 In light of the current circumstances, we are offering the following options:

  1. Online: Log-in to CPD Online via www.surgeons.org
  2. Paper: We will accepting CPD returns via paper form download (PDF 160.77KB)
  3. Telephone: Call our office and finalise over the phone - +61 3 9249 1282
  4. Email: Email us a list of activities completed throughout the year with estimated hours of attended to cpd.college@surgeons.org

How to access your CPD in the RACS Portfolio

  • Step 1: Sign into the RACS Portfolio
  • Step 2: Click on RACS Portfolio > My CPD
  • Step 3: Confirm your Practice Type is correct
  • Step 4: Review your requirements and add activities (you can add supporting documents to any activity)
  • Step 5: Once you have entered the requirements for each category submit your CPD via the 'Finalise my CPD' button

Note: RACS activities, ANZASM activities and RACS approved activities are automatically uploaded to your CPD and verified for you.




All Fellows in active practice of any kind are required to participate in the CPD program.

New Fellows who are admitted to the College after 30 October are exempt from participating in the CPD program for that year. Other grounds for exemption may include:

  • Ill health
  • Family leave or other personal reasons
  • Other special circumstances

In line with changes to regulatory requirements, Fellows undertaking post-specialty training are not eligible for an exemption from the CPD program.

Fellows residing overseas are required to have completed the Operating With Respect (OWR) requirement and upload evidence of participation in either a program in the country in which they practice or comply with RACS requirements.

Fellows must apply for an exemption in writing, stating one of the above grounds.

What is reflective practice?

Reflective practice is the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning.  In its simplest form it involves thinking about, or reflecting on, what you do.  It is closely linked to the concept of learning from experience. Reflective practice requires a conscience effort to think about events, and develop insights into them.  Reflective practice is a process by which you, pause and think about your practice, consciously analyse your decision making and draw on a theory to relate it to what you did (or didn't do) in practice.

Reflective practice in continuous learning includes:

  • Learning plan – establishing your learning goals or gaps in knowledge.  RACS offers an online learning plan, which can be found in your portfolio and once you have completed the reflective component, points will be automatically uploaded into your CPD Online without need for further verification
  • Multisource feedback using a structured framework of surgical competencies. (Please contact the CPD team for further information)
  • Mentoring (being mentored or as a mentor) – A professional relationship where a mentor shares, knowledge, skills and perspective to develop the personal and professional growth of the mentee
  • Surgical or clinical attachment to peer –Shadowing a more experienced colleague or peer during surgical procedures to enhance your own skills
  • Cultural competency activities – there are eLearning activities to support you to meet this requirement. 
    - Intercultural Competency for Medical Specialists (members only; login required)  
    - Network for Indigenous, Cultural and Health Education (NICHE) Portal  (no login required)
    - NZ 'Foundations in Cultural Competence Course'   Once registered, you can enrol in Foundations in Cultural Competence course

At least one activity from reflective practice must be completed by 31 December to meet 2019 CPD requirements.

Please refer to the reflective practice presentation (PPTX 14.21MB) for further information.

CPD Program Guide

The CPD Program Guide (PDF 706.18KB) is a valuable resource for Fellows. The guide defines program requirements by practice types, details the range of activities available for Fellows to achieve their annual requirements, and includes frequently asked questions.