The remaining credits can be made up of any combination of these four categories.
You must record your CPD and Clinical (Practice) Audit activities and keep documentary evidence that you have taken part in these activities. Doctors on our Professional Competence Schemes record their activities in the ePortfolio for Professional Competence, which is like an online logbook.
Each year we issue you an Annual Statement of Participation, which lists a summary of the CPD and Clinical (Practice) Audit claims that you entered in your ePortfolio.
The Medical Council may ask you for evidence of participation in a Professional Competence Scheme. It will accept your Annual Statement of Participation as appropriate evidence.
Minimum requirement for Professional Competence: 1 per year
You are required to complete at least one clinical (practice) audit or quality improvement project per year.
Minimum requirement for Professional Competence: 20 credits per year
You can claim CPD credit in this category for attending:
Minimum requirement for Professional Competence: 5 credits per year
You can claim CPD credit in this category for:
You don’t need to collect evidence that you have taken part in personal learning activities.
Minimum requirement for Professional Competence: This is desirable, not mandatory. You should aim to gather at least two credits per year
You can claim credits for:
You need evidence of participation for this CPD category.
You can claim CPD credits for online learning in either the External or Internal category if it:
If you are on the Specialist Division of the Medical Council Register, simply choose a Scheme appropriate to your registered specialty.
You only need to enrol on one Scheme, even if you have multiple registered specialties.
We operate six Specialist Division Schemes:
All of our General Division Schemes, except for the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training General Division Scheme, require a relevant Membership or Licentiateship qualification (or equivalent) such as MRCPI, LFOM, MFOM or MFPHMI.
If you are on the General or Supervised Division and working in Occupational Medicine, Paediatrics, Public Health Medicine or Obstetrics and Gynaecology and do not meet the entry requirements for the relevant General Division Scheme, you can enrol on the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training General Division Scheme. If you are not sure, our team will be happy to advise you.
We have a highly experienced Professional Competence support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain Professional Competence.
If you need help with your ePortfolio, we can arrange a convenient time to work with you to ensure your records are up to date.
We can also help you actively maintain professional competence - gather those all-important CPD credits while developing useful new skills, knowledge and expertise that will help you be a better doctor.
Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development at RCPI include:
We have a dedicated Professional Competence team available to deal with your queries Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00.
If you need help with your ePortfolio, we can arrange a convenient time to work with you to ensure your records are up to date. Please contact us by phone or email to arrange an appointment or callback.
Contact Jennifer for advice on enrolling on a Professional Competence Scheme or applying for CPD approval of an event
Contact Deirdre for advice on enrolling on a Professional Competence Scheme or applying for CPD approval of an event