Frequently Asked Questions
What is Continuing Professional Development?
Continuing professional development (CPD) is an individual’s commitment to maintain and develop their professional skills and knowledge in order to remain professionally competent and achieve their true potential.
In the nursing and midwifery professions continuing professional development is a requirement for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA). The ANMF CPD Portal provides the opportunity to maintain CPD using peer reviewed best practice eLearning modules.
I am looking at the e-Portfolio and I can't see the my cpd records or the modules I have purchased?
This issue is most commonly because you entered you have previously records/purchased modules on the ANMF Federal CPD site, rather than this one. This is a separate site, but your records and modules will still exist on the Federal site. This ANMF Victorian Branch CPD LMS is a different independent site, with different content and focus, and records are not shared between the two. You can choose which one to store your records, or use both. Any modules you complete on this ANMF (Vic Branch) site you are currently on will automatically appear in your e-Portfolio. You can add other records manually to your ePortfolio, including CPD records stored on the Federal site.
To access the Federal office site: www.anmf.org.au
Fed office CPD direct link: http://anmf.org.au/pages/online-education-programs
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). What are my CPD requirements?
The NMBA continuing professional development registration standard says: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx
It also states the CPD must be relevant to the nurse or midwife’s context of practice and that nursing and midwifery professionals must keep written documentation of CPD that demonstrates evidence of completion of a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per year which nurses and midwives must keep records of for three years. The ANMF (Vic Branch) Professional Portfolio enables you to maintain your CPD records for the previous three years and assist you to record that you have met this requirement.
- Registered or enrolled nurses must participate in at least 20 hours of CPD relevant to their current professional nursing practice each year.
- Registered midwives must participate in at least 20 hours of CPD relevant to their current professional midwifery practice each year.
- Nurses and midwives who hold dual registration must complete 40 hours of CPD relevant to their current professional nursing/midwifery practice each year. In this case some activities may be applicable to both nursing and midwifery and can be counted as such.
- Registered nurses and midwives who hold scheduled medicines endorsements under the National Law (i.e. RIPEN nurses) must complete an extra 10 hours per year associated with their endorsement, that is, a minimum of 30 hours CPD.
- Nurse practitioners endorsed under the National Law must complete an extra 10 hours per year associated with their endorsement, that is, a minimum of 30 hours CPD.
- Eligible midwives endorsed under the National Law must complete an extra 10 hours per year associated with their endorsement, that is, a minimum of 30 hours CPD.
- To read more information about CPD requirements http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/FAQ/CPD-FAQ-for-nurses-and-midwives.aspx
To see the required hours, click on the subheading "How many CPD hours am I required to obtain?" in the link above.
I am not registered with NMBA. What are the benefits of doing CPD?
Assistants in Nursing or Carers are not registered with the NMBA and are not required to complete CPD for their registration.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is by definition the process by which an individual maintains and develops their professional skills and knowledge in order to remain professionally competent and achieve their career potential.
Maintaining a CPD portfolio and expanding your knowledge and skills will help you to take your career further. Understanding more about the health profession will assist you at work and may help you to decide what areas of health you would like to work or study in the future.
Do I have to pay for the courses?
All fully financial ANMF (Vic Branch) members receive an annual credit for CPD Portal online modules (renewed every July):
- full time and part time members $400
- members on primary carer’s leave $120
- student and associate members $80
If you are not a member, or you are a member who has used up your credit and would like to do more, then you are required to pay the amount listed for the module through the secure payment system on the website.
Why should I choose to do an ANMF (Vic Branch) online CPD course?
If you are an ANMF (Vic Branch) member you will have access to continuing professional development as part of your member benefits . The modules offered are flexible and allow participants to complete the requirements in their own time, on many devices (computer, ipad, mobile phone) and in multiple locations.
For each ANMF online CPD module you complete you will receive a certificate to download and print. The module information is also saved to your Online Professional Portfolio.
I am not an ANMF member. Can I access these modules?
Yes – although you are required to pay for the modules, or join the ANMF (Vic Branch) to receive member credit.
I am in a clinical leadership position. How can I organise group courses for employees?
Group discounts and login registration are available from the eLearning team at ANMF (Vic Branch). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do I know which modules are relevant to me and meet the NMBA requirements for CPD?
The NMBA continuing professional development registration standard states “CPD must be directly relevant to the nurse or midwife’s context of practice” http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx
Please note that if the module you are completing through the ANMF CPD Portal is not deemed to be directly relevant to the context of your practice you may not be able to claim it as contributing towards your CPD hours for registration renewal. You can still elect to do this module if you wish, however you may not be able to include it in you mandated CPD hours for the year.
There may, however, be components of the module which you can claim as directly relevant to your professional employment and you may also be able to claim modules as CPD as part of your progress towards developing your career in another area of nursing or health.
Will more modules be added?
Yes. With your feedback we will develop more modules relevant to your practice as a nurse, midwife or carer.
I am having trouble using the program. Where can I go for technical support?
You can contact our CPD Helpdesk 24 hours/day, 7 days a week on 1800 084 481.
Why do I have to give feedback before I can download my Certificate of Completion?
Before you complete a module you will be asked for feedback. This is to enable ANMF (Vic Branch) to continually update the program to better meet the educational needs of nurses and midwives and achieve a high quality standard of course and service delivery.
It is important that you maintain and update your practice based on best practice research. Likewise the ANMF (Vic Branch) CPD Portal and Online Professional Portfolio will be constantly assessed and updated to meet your learning needs and industry standards of best practice.