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FAQS about submitting your CPD


Do I have to use CPD Submissions to be appraised and revalidated?

CPD Submissions is one way to demonstrate that you are keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date.


There’s no requirement to take part in the College’s scheme in order to be revalidated by the GMC; further information is available in the GMC’s guidance on supporting information for appraisal and revalidation.


However, using the College CPD Submissions programme and involving your psychiatry peers in the development of your CPD may provide the best possible evidence for appraisers and responsible officers.


Do I need a peer group to generate a certificate of good standing?

You must be an active member of a peer group which helps you to plan, develop and approve your CPD activities before you make your submission.


Peer group members need to be psychiatrists of any grade. If your peer group members are not members of the College, then please email  with their name, GMC number and email address and we will add their details to your record.


Do I need to provide evidence for my all my CPD activities before you will issue a certificate?


We’ll automatically issue a certificate when you submit your activity if the minimum requirements have been met.


You must:


  • Be an active member of a peer group that meets at least four times a year. 
  • Undertake at least 50 hours of CPD activity annually, including at least 30 hours in the clinical domain, authorised and approved by your peer group.

My submission has been selected for audit.  What do I need to provide?

You must provide us with evidence of at least 20 hours of your CPD activities.


We will also contact members of your peer group to confirm your membership of the group and to confirm that approval was given for your submission.


Once we’ve received your evidence and a satisfactory response from one of your peer group members we will release your certificate.


How do I choose the date of my CPD cycle?

You will select your date when you first log onto CPD Submissions in the members area.


You will be responsible for selecting an appropriate date and you may want to take into consideration the date of your appraisal and the CPD cycles of your peer group members.


Once you have selected a start date, to maintain continuous CPD with the College we would advise that your cycle dates remain the same.


Can I get an event I am organising accredited by you?

We do not accredit educational events. CPD activities are approved by peer group members and are guided by the CPD Submissions guidance.


I work part time.  Are the requirements of the programme the same?


The CPD Submission requirements are the same whether you are working full time or part time.


I am working overseas and registered with another CPD programme – do you have a reciprocal arrangement with this programme?

If you’re registered with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists then you’re eligible for a certificate under our reciprocal scheme. 


Please send a copy of your certificate to and if your membership status is current, we can issue an RCPsych certificate.

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