ARCS Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPD) Scheme

CPD is an important part of career progression and is a process of lifelong learning.

Through CPD participation you are able to:

  • Ensure that your knowledge and skills remain current, enabling you to deliver the highest standards of care to patients.
  • Assess your training needs, identify and partake in learning opportunities.
  • Reflect on what you have learnt and implement this knowledge in your clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to the evolving field of reproductive science via CPD.

The ARCS CPD scheme is set up to meet the specialist requirements of reproductive scientists and practitioners, and aims to help members continue to learn, develop and evolve their skills and practice throughout their working career.

The ARCS CPD scheme is available to all full members of ARCS.

Once you have joined the scheme you will have access to a personal ePortfolio in which you can keep records and reflection of your CPD activities. You can use your ePortfolio to create summary reports of your CPD points and upload supporting evidence of your activities. The scheme also provides  recommended Journal Based and ARCS 365 Learning activities.

If you are a HCPC registered Scientist or a Practitioner registered Professional Standards Authority and you have used the ARCS scheme, all the information and evidence within your diary will assist with meeting the requirements for registration and inspection.

For more information please see the ARCS CPD Policy Document and the CPD training video below.

Obtaining your 5 year cycle CPD certificate

As the end of your 5 year cycle approaches, please ensure you have 250 credits in total with 50 points minimum in professional, clinical and personal categories. Please request a review using the button at the bottom of the progress bar on your CPD portal. The cycle will be reviewed at the next CPD committee meeting for certificate approval. Your new 5 year cycle will start automatically when the previous cycle finishes.

After approval, you can download your certificate by going to the members dashboard and clicking on the certificates tab.

The 5 year end certificate is useful as it demonstrates that an external body has reviewed the entries and verified that these include a mixture of learning activities, which have been appropriately reflected upon and are appropriate for the profession. The certificate is therefore very useful evidence for HCPC, if a member is selected for audit by the council.

“What is HCPC CPD auditing? Is it related to ARCS CPD?”

If you are registered with the HCPC, you may be audited at random and need to provide evidence of CPD. ACE CPD audits are not linked to the HCPC. It may be helpful to read a personal experience of HCPC audit from an ARCS CPD member.

“Do you have to keep a paper copy of the evidence e.g. agenda…….even if it is just a lab meeting?”

Paper or electronic evidence is required to be kept for your own personal records. You will not be requested to submit or upload electronic evidence for ACE CPD audit.


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