Continuing professional development (CPD)

Continuing professional development (CPD) describes the reflection and learning activities which social workers undertake and record throughout their career to improve their practice and keep it up to date.

As part of our recently published registration rules, social workers have to undertake CPD to maintain their registration. Standard 4 of our new professional standards also outlines the areas of CPD that social workers should consider when reflecting on their learning activities.

To support our rules and standards, we put together a proposal with more detail on the process for how professionals should carry out and record their CPD. This can be found below. We consulted on these proposals throughout October 2019. We will publish the outcomes of this consultation shortly.

Documents for feedback

CPD Consultation

This gives an overview of our strategic approach to CPD, provides an outline of the proposals for year one (2 December 2019 to 30 November 2020) and summarises the research and engagement we have done so far.


If you have any questions regarding this consultation, please email