Frequently Asked Questions – ARCS CPD Scheme2019-11-28T09:20:50+00:00


You can find detailed instructions of how to use the online ARCS CPD scheme in the CPD User Manual which is available member to download here

Can STP candidates defer their CPD cycle start date until their training is complete?2020-01-08T09:49:02+00:00

STP candidates may wish to defer the start of their CPD cycle until after their training is complete. To do this, a special circumstance extension request should be made by the candidate. Their 5 year cycle will then be extended for the duration of the STP training meaning that the 5 year CPD cycle will starts after STP training is complete.

What happens if I leave the scheme?2019-11-22T11:23:22+00:00

You will no longer have access to your ‘on line’ diary or historic records. It is recommended therefore that you access and print off all personal and subscribed activities prior to departure from the scheme.

You can find out more about the ARCS CPD scheme on the ARCS website.

Do you have to keep a paper copy of the evidence e.g. agenda…….even if it is just a lab meeting?2019-11-22T11:19:48+00:00

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 ARCS CPD audit.

What is HCPC CPD auditing? Is it related to ARCS CPD?2019-11-22T11:19:27+00:00

If you are registered with the HCPC, you may be audited at random and need to provide evidence of CPD. ARCS CPD audits are not linked to the HCPC.

How do I get a CPD certificate and how do I know when one is due?2019-11-22T11:19:07+00:00

On completion of your 5 year cycle, please indicate via the ARCS CPD website or to request ‘validation and certification’. To gain a CPD certificate you need to accumulate 250 credits in total within a five-year period from joining the scheme. This will be subject to review by the CPD committee. Please refer to the Policy document for more details.

Can I claim points for reading and research done via the internet?2019-11-22T11:18:42+00:00

Points can be claimed by undertaking reflection and evaluation of learning outcomes.

Can I claim CPD points for attending non-ARCS meetings?2019-11-22T11:18:20+00:00

Yes. Points can be claimed using the appropriate code. Please refer to the points table for details.

Can I claim for repeat activities (i.e. presentations delivered at more than one event)?2019-11-22T11:17:51+00:00

No, unless the learning outcome is different for each presentation.

How many points do I need to record per year/5 years?2019-11-22T11:17:25+00:00

You need to accumulate 250 points in the 5 year period. To remain on target it is suggested that you maintain a minimum of 50 points per year with 10 points in the mandatory categories of clinical, professional, and personal.

Do I have to have points in every category?2019-11-22T11:16:50+00:00

Points are not required in the academic category. The Clinical, Professional and Personal categories require a minimum of 50 points each over every 5 year period.

Does UKNEQAS and Health & Safety training count towards CPD points?2019-11-22T11:16:25+00:00


What is the pass mark for the JBL and does in-house JBL count towards my CPD?2019-11-22T11:11:57+00:00

The pass mark is 7/10 for ARCS JBL scheme and this will count as five points to your CPD. In-house JBL meetings should be claimed as a clinical meetings. Any personal reading can be claimed as a separate activity.

What should I write in my review?2019-11-22T11:11:06+00:00

Your review should be a brief description of what you did, what you learned from the activity and how this may be relevant to your professional practice.

How do I request an extension for a special circumstance, such as maternity leave?2019-11-22T11:10:18+00:00

You can apply for an extension in the ‘special circumstances’ area of the ARCS CPD website for up to 18 months.

I am on maternity leave, do I need to remain a member of ARCS and the CPD scheme?2019-11-22T11:09:13+00:00

Membership is not an absolute requirement during maternity leave, however, if your membership lapses, your CPD cycle will end and you will not be able to complete a 5 year cycle. You will need to begin a new 5 year cycle when you restart your membership. For your cycle to remain active, you will need to continue your membership of ARCS throughout your maternity leave and request an extension via a special circumstances application.

I am a locum and cannot attend meetings. How do I claim points in the professional category?2019-11-22T11:03:29+00:00

Points may be claimed for webinar participation, online courses and networking events relating to your job role.

I am part-time, do I need the same number of points as a full-time employee?2019-11-22T11:03:00+00:00

Yes. Please refer to the policy document.

How do I claim points for attending meetings that occur over several consecutive days?2019-11-22T11:02:21+00:00

You can claim points for every hour of attendance (excluding rest breaks), up to a maximum of 8 points per day. You may need to duplicate activities from one day to the next if you are claiming more than 8 points in total for the event.

Can I claim CPD points for being on a register eg. HCPC register?2019-11-22T11:01:58+00:00

Points cannot be claimed for ongoing registration. Points can be claimed for academic studies whilst working towards registration (5/year and 10 once registration awarded).

There isn’t a code for my CPD activity?2019-11-22T11:01:31+00:00

All activities will fit into one of the existing codes and it is up to the individual member to determine which code is most appropriate.

What can be included?2019-11-22T11:00:54+00:00

A range of learning activities can be included as long as they serve to keep your professional learning and professional practice up to date. See the ARCS CPD points table.

How does CPD work? How can I get CPD points?2019-11-22T10:58:45+00:00

The ARCS CPD works through an electronic diary system where you manage and record activities undertaken, allocate points according to professional body guidance (see ARCS CPD points table) and reflect on the learning experience from the activity.

I am not a registered clinical scientist so can I use the ACRCS scheme?2019-11-22T10:58:00+00:00

Yes. Please refer to the policy document which is available via the ARCS website.

CPD is not a requirement for STPs or pre-registrant clinical scientists but is incorporated in the STP program and would form part of the portfolio of evidence for the ACS application for HCPC registration.

Why should I take up CPD?2019-11-22T10:57:14+00:00

To ensure that your knowledge and skills remain current, enabling you to deliver the highest standard of care to patients.

When should I start my CPD?2020-01-08T09:45:17+00:00

It is good practice to begin CPD as soon as you become an ARCS member and are working in an HFEA or IMB licensed laboratory.

STP candidates may wish to defer the start of their CPD cycle until after their training is complete. To do this, a special circumstance extension request should be made by the candidate. Their 5 year cycle will then be extended for the duration of the STP training meaning that the 5 year CPD cycle will starts after STP training is complete.

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