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  Structured and Unstructured CPE


Structured CPE

Structured CPD includes all CPD which has learning as the primary objective and which is measurable and verifiable.

In order for Structured CPD to be accredited it must be measurable and verifiable. 

There are two forms of Structured CPD - directed study and self-directed study.

Directed study:
This includes formal programmes designed with learning as the primary objective and requires at least one of the following:

physical attendance at group learning activities, for example lectures, presentations, OR
participation in technology assisted learning activities (including online, CD, audio or video training courses), OR

independent assessment of learning, for example the submission of assignments, research papers or examination

Directed Study can be measured in terms of the hours spent on the learning activity and can be verified through attendance records, examination results etc.

Self-directed Study

This, includes independent study with learning as the primary objective, including various forms of self-directed learning such as research (with published outputs), writing of articles, lecturing and, in specific circumstances, significant on-the-job training. In all cases, this form of study must have measurable outputs which can be verified by an independent and competent source.

Self-directed study can be measured in terms of the hours spent arriving at an outcome that can be assessed and verified by an independent and competent source.

Unstructured CPE

Unstructured CPE can be defined as any form of informal learning or development of day to day working skills achieved through self-study and/or informal training.

Unstructured CPE can be measurable but is not verifiable. The following is categorised as Unstructured CPE:

  • Lecturing on certificate, diploma and technician programmes.
  • On-the-job training which consists of informal briefings carried out by other staff members.
  • Technical reading.
  • Attendance at Practice Network Groups.