If you would like a certificate for your five year cycle we ask that you request this via the ARCS CPD website or email cpd@arcscientists.org 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.

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. ARCS CPD audits are not linked to the HCPC.

“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 the ARCS CPD audit.