CPD Info

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

Registrants are required to complete 40 hours of CPD per year. The CPD cycle runs from November 1 through to October 31st every year.

Guide book and supporting information:

1. CPD Manual

2. CPD Categories of Activities

3. CPD Example Submission

4. Instructions to Students & New Grads

If you still have questions after reading the documents above and the frequently asked questions, please send an email to: cpdsupport(at)bccsw.ca

CPD Basic Submission Instructions:

Listed below are instructions for submitting CPD:

1. LOG IN to the Registrant Services Portal on BCCSW’s website and click ‘CPD’ on the left side of the screen.

2. Click ‘Goals & Activities’ and ADD A GOAL or goals by clicking the ‘Add Goal’ button.

* Note that two goals are already created: ‘Ethical Component’ and ‘Learning Plan’.

  • The ‘Ethical Component’ is a mandatory goal requiring you to complete a minimum of three hours of activities per CPD cycle pertaining to ethics.
  • The ‘Learning Plan’ goal credits you with six self-directed hours of activity as CPD credit in recognition of the reflective practice required to plan and document your goals and learning activities. You are not required to do anything specifically for the ‘Learning Plan’.

3. Once you have saved your goals, ADD AN ACTIVITY using the ‘Add Activity’ button. Hours can be logged for each activity. Note that there are six ‘Categories of Learning’ which your activities can belong to. All of them except for ‘Degree, diploma, certificate program or licensure exam’ have a maximum of 15 allowable hours. This means that – unless you are a current student, new grad, or wrote the licensure exam during the CPD cycle – you will need activities from a minimum of three different categories to satisfy the program’s requirements.

4. Once you have added your goals and activities you will write a short STATEMENT ON LEARNING. Click ‘Statement on Learning’ under ‘CPD’ on the left side menu. A window will open in which you can compose a brief (<650 words) reflection on the effect of your activities on your professional practice. Save your work!

5. When you are satisfied with your entries, it’s time to SUBMIT. Select ‘Submit to College’ from the menu to complete the process. Click the box declaring your submission’s verity and compliance with the College’s CPD Standards. When satisfied with your submission hit the final ‘Submit’ button and Bob’s your uncle!



Having problems with the CPD tool?

There are some users who are experiencing problems with the CPD tool. The issues generally relate to being not being able to access menu items. Please note the following:

The system works best:

  • with Firefox, Chrome, or Microsoft Edge (Windows 10)
  • with a broad range of devices from computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones

The system doesn’t work or works with limitations

  • older computers, especially those running Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows XP
  • any computer running Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 8 or earlier
  • systems behind corporate firewalls with setting that prohibit the computer from loading certain types of programs

Why is this?
Computer technology (the stuff that is beyond our control) is changing. Developers have to decide whether to make a system function with newer machines or older machines. The real issue with the older computers is that they are not secure and in many cases no longer supported by manufacturers. As a public body and one that deeply values protecting your personal information, we must choose systems and programs that are as secure as possible.

What can I do if my computer doesn’t work?
Try another machine as often organizations will replace computers one at a time. You might be able to find a newer machine within your organization. Try accessing the system from a home computer, especially if the issue is a corporate firewall. Pay a visit to your local library and use one of their computers. If you have a tablet or a smart phone, give that a try.
If you are having trouble logging in, search the public registry for your registration number. If you’ve forgotten your password, use the forgot password function. If you require an Activation Code – you will have to contact the College

You can download Firefox or Chrome for free from Firefox or Chrome.