Continuing Professional Development FAQs

What are the CPD requirements?

CPD is an annual requirement for all teachers with full registration. This includes teachers working full and part-time, as well as supply and contract teachers.

You must undertake CPD that demonstrates:

  • a balance across
    • employer directed and supported CPD ƒ
    • school-supported CPD
  • a range of types of CPD activities
  • completion of at least the minimum annual amount required.

Your CPD must have regard to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers1(PDF, 5.4MB)  or, for Principals, the Australian Standard for Principals2 (PDF, 702KB).

How much CPD do I need to undertake?

Your requirements are outlined in Tables A and B below.

Table A. CPD requirements from 2013
Days of teaching employment per year CPD requirements per year from 2013 onwards
20 days and above At least 20 hours
Under 20 days Nil CPD

 

These amounts of CPD apply only for the years 2013 and after. For CPD requirements for 2011-2012, please contact the QCT.

I am a provisionally registered teacher. What are my CPD requirements?

There is no set number of CPD hours for provisional registration. As a provisionally registered teacher you are expected to participate in professional learning and development activities to demonstrate your achievement of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Proficient career stage) (PDF, 185KB) and to meet school expectations and needs.

Does balance mean that I have to do the same amount of CPD in each area?

No. Depending on the context, the balance of activities will be different for different teachers. For example, for supply teachers and teachers on short contracts a greater emphasis on teacher identified CPD may be appropriate.

Your CPD must include a range of activities that can be differentiated from the normal expectations of your role or engagement in extra-curricular activities. For example, CPD does not include participation in staff meetings or planning and preparation.

I already spend a lot of time planning as well as involvement in meetings and extra-curricular activities. Do I have to do CPD as well?

Yes. CPD does not include normal expectations of the teaching role. Planning and preparation, assessment, engagement in extra-curricular activities and attending routine core business meetings are part of your role as a teacher.

Will I be able to meet the CPD requirements without taking time out of school?

Yes. The CPD Framework places a high value on the quality professional development activities that occur at the school site. In addition there is a wide range of CPD that may be undertaken by teachers outside school hours, including online courses.

View the CPD Policy and Framework for some examples of types of CPD (PDF, 143KB).

When and how should I record my CPD activities?

You must maintain records of your CPD, preferably using the QCT’s online CPD recording tool available through myQCT. You also need to keep the physical evidence that substantiates your records.

If you are audited by the QCT, you are required to submit your records to the QCT using this tool.

As a supply/contract teacher, do I have to do CPD?

Yes. To meet registration renewal requirements, if you are a supply or contract teacher with full registration, you need to complete at least 20 hours of professional development for each calendar year in which you teach 20 days or more. You also need to keep records of your CPD, preferably using the QCT’s online CPD recording tool available through myQCT.

If you are audited by the QCT, you are required to submit your records to the QCT using this tool. You should also keep a record of your hours of teaching practice. If requested by QCT these records may need to be supported by Statements of Service from your employer/s. You should also keep evidence of your participation in CPD, which should be verified at the time by the provider.

I have retired, but I may do some supply teaching during the next few years. How much CPD will I need to do?

If you have full registration and you do any teaching, you need to complete at least 20 hours of professional development for each year in which you teach 20 days or more.

I am a supply teacher. How can I access employer directed and supported or school supported CPD?

The CPD Policy and Framework emphasises the importance of quality professional development opportunities that occur at the school site. As a supply teacher you will need to take a proactive approach and find out who coordinates professional development within the school/s where you regularly work and how to access information about the opportunities that may be available and appropriate to you.

I only work short contracts. How can I access employer directed and supported or school supported CPD?

There is an increasing range of school-based CPD activities. Find out who coordinates professional development within the school/s in which you work and how to access information about the opportunities that may be available and appropriate to you. Records of participation should be verified at the time.

What is an audit and what happens if I am selected for audit?

Each year the QCT identifies a random sample of teachers and requests that they supply records and/or evidence to establish that the required CPD has been undertaken in the nominated audit year.

If you are selected for audit you will be notified by email and requested to supply records and/or evidence to establish that you have undertaken the required CPD for the nominated audit year. Detailed instructions are provided in the email.

The audit will be used by the QCT in making a decision on renewal of your registration, including, for example, whether registration will be renewed with a condition.

I do not teach full-time. I assume this means I will not be audited?

As a teacher with full registration you may be selected for audit regardless of whether you are teaching full-time, part-time, doing supply teaching, or not teaching at all. The audit selection is randomly generated.

I teach in a remote area of the state and have limited access to face-to-face CPD. How will I achieve the amount and range of CPD required?

You can access school-based CPD activities and access online courses relevant to your teaching. These activities can contribute to your annual CPD requirement. The CPD Policy and Framework provides some examples of types of CPD activities that could be undertaken by teachers in remote areas.

I have been teaching in a non-school setting during the period of registration. Will I need to show the QCT that I have done CPD during this time?

If you have not been teaching in an Australian school, or in another setting delivering an educational program based on a syllabus or kindergarten guideline approved or accredited by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority during this time, you have no CPD requirement.

1 Teachers include those who deliver an educational program, assess student participation in an educational program, and/or administer or provide consistent and substantial leadership to an educational program.

2 For principals, the Australian Standard for Principals is also relevant.

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