Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the process through which qualified AASW members maintain, improve and broaden their skills, knowledge and expertise, and develop the qualities required for professional practice. CPD is an ongoing process throughout a career informed by the changing practice environment, professional domains, new information and community need.
AASW Members are responsible for their own professional development in accordance with the AASW CPD Policy. Requirements may be met through participation in CPD activities provided: by the AASW; by AASW endorsed providers; and/or by external providers who have not requested endorsement. To record a professional development activity towards a CPD goal, members are required to ensure the activity is relevant to them and is consistent with the categories defined in the CPD Policy. For details of CPD goals and further information about CPD please refer to the CPD Policy and the FAQs.
Your record of professional development activities should be kept in your ‘My CPD Record’ in your Member Centre on the AASW website (member log-in required).
AASW members who meet the minimum CPD requirements each financial year are eligible for formal accreditation with the AASW as either Accredited Social Workers or Accredited Mental Health Social Workers. Members can evidence their accreditation by using a legally protected trade mark logo for professional purposes, such as in their email signature, letter head, CV and on business cards. In instances where the logo cannot be used, members can evidence their accreditation with the post nominal:
Accredited/Accredited Mental Health Social Worker: Registered with the AASW
Accredited trade mark registration is free and offers members a form of title protection and increased professional recognition. Access more information about the Accredited Trade Marks here.
The events calendar displays upcoming professional development opportunities throughout the country. The AASW CPD Endorsed list details external providers who have been assessed as meeting the AASW's CPD Quality Assurance Standards. Activities in the events calendar that are: free, available at a discounted rate for AASW members and or relevant to Focused Psychological Strategies are identified as such.
Is the AASW online training platform - for further information please click here
For CPD providers interested in becoming AASW CPD endorsed please click here
The resources page contains a list of free online CPD opportunities to access click here