CPD or Continuing Professional Development is a fundamental, professional, and legal requirement to practicing chiropractic in New Zealand. It is important that practitioners fully engage to ensure their ongoing development and competence for the betterment and safety of those you provide care to.  Accessed via the Practitioner Portal of the Board’s website  www.chiropracticboard.org.nz.

Legislative Context of CPD

The Board’s recertification programme is established under section 41 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act).

CPD is a critical component of the Board’s recertification programme and provides a mechanism for supporting your practice to develop throughout your career. CPD helps ensure the public receives the best possible chiropractic services from practitioners who continue to be competent and fit to practise.

The Board’s CPD Programme

You must meet the requirements of the recertification programme set out in the Board’s CPD Policy under section 41 of the Act. This requires you to complete the specified number of hours of continuing professional development (CPD) and peer contact activities specified for your profession over a two-year cycle.  https://apc.chiropracticboard.org.nz/

CPD Recertification Programme Requirements

  • You must engage in at least 50 hours of CPD in every two-year recertification cycle.
  • 15 of the 50 hours (minimum) CPD engagement must be from Group A activities.
  • 15 of the 50 hours (minimum) CPD engagement must be from Group B activities.
  • The remaining 20 hours may be made up of any combination of Group A and Group B activities (non-specified hours).

Group A is passive learning and Group B is engaging with peers. Group A activities may include attending seminars, events, or activities relevant to the practice of chiropractic in New Zealand.

Group B activities may include attending formal peer group sessions or providing professional supervision for a student or colleague. For more information on suitable Group A and Group B activities, please refer to the CPD Policy.

CPD Audit

The Board will oversee the audit of up to 20% of APC holders in each recertification cycle. Participants are selected at random from the Board’s database and may be notified at any time in the year following completion of the previous recertification cycle.  

For more information on this, please refer to the CPD Policy.

Extension to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) cycle

The Board is pleased to announce that at the August 2020 Board Meeting , it agreed to extend the 2019/2020 CPD cycle for a further 12 months.  It recognises the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on CPD opportunities.  The current CPD cycle due to end on 31 December 2020 will now conclude on 31 December 2021.

You are still required to complete your end of year review.  Please continue to log your CPD hours/activities as normal and ensure you update your objectives and rationale for the 2021 year. 

Related documents:

  • Continuing Professional Development Policy
  • Decision guidelines: CPD non-compliance