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