Continuing professional development (CPD)

Page last updated 15 October 2020

Do I need to continue with my CPD programme?   

All general and vocationally registered doctors are currently exempt from completing CPD until 28 February 2021. 

This includes maintaining your resuscitation and emergency management certification. Whilst many providers are now operating, there are some instances of lengthy waiting periods to enrol in courses.

What this means for CPD

CPD engagement is optional for you however, your CPD programme and dashboard remain active to record any completed activities, should you wish to do so.

Many GPs have continued their positive engagement in learning throughout the COVID-19 response. Learning activities completed during and prior to this time can still be recorded on your records. Whilst this is not compulsory, many GPs are finding value in continuing with the routine of recording meaningful learning. All your activities completed during this time can be used as part of your record of learning for this triennium.

What this means for resuscitation

If you are unable to maintain your resuscitation or emergency management certification during this period, this will not have an impact on you. The MCNZ will not ask doctors to ‘catch up’ for any missed recertification activity during this period. That said, we do encourage you to book in advance if your certification expires before 28 February 2021.

Useful resources

The MCNZ has signalled it will be working with all medical Colleges to determine how to transition back to compulsory recertification activities and what this might mean.


If members have any questions about this, please feel free to email our CPD