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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points

ESSA CPD Points

How to manage your annual CPD requirements 

1: SET your PD goals. Think about what areas of your practice you wish to develop considering your accreditation type. For example, as an AEP you may wish to gain more knowledge in pain management, you need to update your First Aid and you wish to understand more about working within the NDIS. These goals all relate to developing the scope of practice of an AEP.

2. CHOOSE opportunities that meet your goals such as courses, podcasts and workshops etc. You can choose ESSA accredited PD or external PD (scroll to the bottom of this page).

3. CHECK. Firstly ask yourself whether the PD relates to your practice as an ESSA accredited professional. Check that the PD you have chosen meets the ESSA guidelines for your accreditation type and determine how many points you can claim using the 2018 points system. ESSA recommends you download these two important documents and refer to them each time you consider choosing a PD.

4. RECORD your CPD and ensure you have evidence of completion. 

* Some ESSA members are dual qualified (i.e have 2 or 3 accreditations). You still only need to accrue a minimum 20 points and this can be related to any of your accreditation types. 

 

What can be used for CPD points?

There are so many ways you can earn your annual 20 CPD points. Follow the checklist below to determine if a PD opportunity is going to be eligible for CPD points, for your accreditation type;

1. The Points:

You can accrue points from 4 categories,

  • You MUST accrue at least 15 points from the Further Education category (e.g courses, webinars and podcasts related to the scope of practice, First Aid and CPR) and

  • The remaining 5 points can be from either the  Presenting and Publication (e.g. poster presentation, publication, writing for ESSA, guest lecturer), Self Education (e.g. reading articles) and Community Services (e.g. student supervision, ESSA AGM meeting).

  • There is a points system which clearly explains how many points are claimable in each category and there are lots of examples click and download the 2018 CPD Points System and have it handy.

2. The Guidelines:

The PD opportunity must meet ESSA’s requirements – there are guidelines that you need to check when considering a PD opportunity e.g. the qualifications of the presenter. See the 2018 CPD Guidelines for your accreditation type.

3. The Evidence:  

You need evidence of the PD you have completed, keep copies of the articles you read the certificates awarded and record and upload to your electronic CPD logbook 

 

How can I be sure ESSA will accept my Professional Development?

It’s really simple! Does the PD you have chosen develop the scope of practice related to your accreditation type? see all scopes of practice here AND has it met the 2018 CPD Guidelines and 2018 CPD Points System

 

What if I am audited?

5% of the ESSA membership are audited each year. You will need to provide evidence of the PD you have done, this includes copies of certificates.

 

2018 CPD Requirements

PLEASE NOTE – From 2018 the Further Education Category will now be Category 1. You are still required to gain 15 CPD points in the Further Education category.

CPD Point Guidelines:

Logbook:

CPD Point System:

 

Presenter Qualifications:

From 1 January 2017, ESSA will accept Professional Development presented by anyone who meets the below qualifications in line with their presentation topic. If the presenter/s do not hold the relevant qualifications/experience, ESSA reserves the right to not accept the applicable CPD Points.

  • An ESSA accredited person, who presents within their SoP
  • A recognised qualification* relevant for the activity they are presenting on
  • A minimum of an AQF level 7 qualified allied health professional with experience in exercise (e.g. exercise physiologist, physiotherapist, cardiac care nurse, occupational therapist, doctor, clinical nurse consultant)
  • A state, national or international level sports coach
  • An Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) level 2 or 3 coach
  • A Pilates professional with a minimum of level 3 qualifications. Please refer to ESSA’s Pilates based Professional Development Guidelines (individuals) for all presenter requirements for any Pilates based PD undertaken.

*A qualification recognised or endorsed by a regulating authority such as a national association.

 

ESSA’s policy for Pilates based professional development

Any Pilates based professional development must adhere to the ESSA’s policy for Pilates based professional development guidelines for accredited persons.

 

Reduction of/extension to ESSA’s annual CPD requirements

In situations of extenuating personal and/or professional hardship a reduction/extension to the required annual CPD points may be granted. To apply for a reduction/extension to the required annual CPD points, the accredited person is required to complete the ESSA application Reduction/extension CPD Points, outlining details of the extenuating circumstances that would allow for a reduction/extension to be granted. Completed applications should be forwarded to the Professional Development & Conference Specialist and results are at the discretion of the National Board. Only situations that have created a significant obstacle to your ability to complete the required annual CPD points will be considered.

Nil exemption of the annual CPD requirements will be considered.

 

Previous years

2017

2017 CPD Guidelines for Accredited Exercise Scientists (AES)

2017 CPD Guidelines for Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP)

2017 CPD Guidelines for Accredited Sports Scientists (ASpS1, ASpS2) and Accredited High Performance Managers (AHPM)

2017 CPD Point System

2017 CPD Manual Logbook (downloadable word version)

Electronic CPD logbook 

 

2016 and earlier

For the ESSA CPD point guidelines, point system and/or manual logbooks for previous years, please contact ESSA Professional Development at education@essa.org.au, or phone 07 3171 3335.

 

ESSA 2018 accreditation requirements 

The Accredited Exercise Physiologists requirements from 1 January to 31 December 2018 to maintain accreditation are:

1. A minimum of 20 CPD points (1 January – 31 December) are required by all accredited professionals with the following exceptions:
         i. In the year you first become accredited as an accredited professional, there are no cumulative CPD requirements e.g. if your first accreditation date is 15 September 2017, you will have from that date until the end of the following calendar year (31 December 2018) to accrue your first 20 CPD points. 20 CPD points are required annually thereafter – i.e. January to December.
         ii. If your accreditation is not current (due to suspension, leave of absence or lapsed) and you are returning to practice then separate CPD requirements may apply – refer to ESSA’s Recency of Practice and Return to Practice policies.
2. Hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate (HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Your CPR must always be valid and be renewed annually.
3. Hold a current first aid certificate (HLTAID003 Provide First Aid). Your first aid must always be valid and be renewed as required.

4. Hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance, either personally or through a third party (e.g. employer). Insurance must cover the scope of all activities undertaken, whether in a in a professional or voluntary capacity.
5. Meet the requirements of the Recency of Practice Policy.
6. If there are any changes to the mandatory declarations signed in the application process, ESSA is to be advised as soon as practicable e.g. criminal or ethics history.

The Accredited Sports Scientist and/or High Performance Manager requirements from 1 January to 31 December 2018 to maintain accreditation are:

  1. A minimum of 20 CPD points (1 January – 31 December) are required by all accredited professionals with the following exceptions:
        i. In the year you first become accredited as an accredited professional, there are no cumulative CPD requirements e.g. if your first accreditation date is 15 September 2017, you will have from that date until the end of the following calendar year (31 December 2018) to accrue your first 20 CPD points. 20 CPD points are required annually thereafter – i.e. January to December.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ii. If your accreditation is not current (due to suspension, leave of absence or lapsed) and you are returning to practice then separate CPD requirements may apply – refer to ESSA’s Recency of Practice and Return to Practice policies.
  2. If working with clients/human subjects, you must hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Your CPR must always be valid and be renewed annually.
  3. If working with clients/human subjects hold a current first aid certificate (HLTAID003 Provide First Aid). Your first aid must always be valid and be renewed as required.
  4. Hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance, either personally or through a third party (e.g. employer). Insurance must cover the scope of all activities undertaken, whether in a in a professional or voluntary capacity.
  5. Meet the requirements of the Recency of Practice Policy.
  6. If there are any changes to the mandatory declarations signed in the application process, ESSA is to be advised as soon as practicable e.g. criminal or ethics history 

 

The Accredited Exercise Scientist requirements from 1 January to 31 December 2018 to maintain accreditation are:

1. A minimum of 20 CPD points (1 January – 31 December) are required by all accredited professionals with the following exceptions:

         i. In the year you first become accredited as an accredited professional, there are no cumulative CPD requirements e.g. if your first accreditation date is 15 September 2017, you will have from that date until the end of the following calendar year (31 December 2018) to accrue your first 20 CPD points. 20 CPD points are required annually thereafter – i.e. January to December.

         ii. If your accreditation is not current (due to suspension, leave of absence or lapsed) and you are returning to practice then separate CPD requirements may apply – refer to ESSA’s Recency of Practice and Return to Practice policies.

2. If working with clients/human subjects, you must hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Your CPR must always be valid and be renewed annually.

3. If working with clients/human subjects hold a current first aid certificate (HLTAID003 Provide First Aid). Your first aid must always be valid and be renewed as required.

4. Hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance, either personally or through a third party (e.g. employer). Insurance must cover the scope of all activities undertaken, whether in a in a professional or voluntary capacity.

5. Meet the requirements of the Recency of Practice Policy.

6. If there are any changes to the mandatory declarations signed in the application process, ESSA is to be advised as soon as practicable e.g. criminal or ethics history.

 

Please note: 

  • You are required to keep a copy of your Statement of Attainments for CPR and first aid and a valid insurance certificate of currency with your annual CPD logbook and if you are selected in ESSA’s CPD compliance audit, these must be produced. 
  • CPD documents must be retained for a period of 5 years.

Dual ESSA accredited?

That is, individuals who are accredited in more than one ESSA accreditation category:

  • Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES)
  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
  • Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1 (ASpS1)
  • Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 (ASpS2)
  • Accredited High Performance Manager (AHPM)

A total of 20 CPD points are required for the 2018 year (1 January to 31 December 2018).

 

2018 CPD Point System

Category 1:              Further Education (Minimum of 15 points required)

Successful completion of professional development

Applicable for

Activity

Points claimable

Evidence required

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

ESSA professional development

(including face to face, webinars, assessed podcasts or online)

As indicated on certificate

Certificate of completion listing your name, course name, points claimable and date of completion

AEP

 

ESSA Standards & Compliance Professional Development

(Medicare & DVA modules)

5 points

Certificate of completion listing  your name, course name, points claimable and date of completion

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

ESSA accredited external professional development

As per ESSA accreditation

Certificate of completion listing  your name, course name, points claimable and date of completion

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Any SMA, SDA, CEPA, BASES, SESNZ, ASC Clearinghouse, ASADA, Play by the Rules professional development, within your profession scope of practice

1 point per learning hour

(maximum of 15 points)

Certificate of completion listing  your name, course name, learning hours and date of completion

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Other association conferences  within your profession scope of practice

e.g. ACSM, ECSS, CSEP, DAA, COSA, IAHA, NRHA, etc.

1 point per learning hour

(maximum of 15 points)

Certificate of completion listing  your name, course name, learning hours and date of completion

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Any professional development that improves compliance with regulations/legislation in your professional practice ( facilitated by government and/or regulatory authorities)

1 point per learning hour

(maximum of 15 points)

Certificate of completion listing  your name, course name, learning hours and date of completion

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Other courses/seminars within your profession scope of practice (including VET approved courses and Pilates professional development

Please view ESSA’s Pilates based Professional Development Guidelines for accredited individuals found at the end of this document, and at the ESSA Professional Development Centre

0.5 points per learning hour

(maximum of 10 points claimable per workshop)

Certificate of completion listing  your name, course name, learning hours and date of completion; plus qualifications of presenter

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Participation in clinical in-services at workplace within your profession scope of practice

i.e. specialists presents to you and your colleagues at your workplace

1 point per learning hour

(maximum of 5 points claimable)

Letter from employer listing   your name, course name, course presenter, learning hours, date of completion and qualifications of presenter

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

First Aid (including CPR)

(HLTAID003 Provide First Aid)

3 points

(claimable in the year you earn the certificate)

Statement of Attainment listing  your name, correct HLT code and date of completion

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

1 point
(only claimable when not included in HLTAID003)

Statement of Attainment listing  your name, correct HLT code and date of completion

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Study within the scope of ESSA professions (AES, AEP, ASpS, AHPM) practice at AQF Level 7 or above

(e.g. Bachelor’s, Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters, PhD)

15 points for 30+ contact hours (maximum of 15 points)

10 points for 10-30 contact hours

Academic transcript including  your name, completion date; and evidence of contact hours/study load (e.g. unit outline)

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Human Resources/Marketing/Business courses/subjects/seminars that relates to your professional practice

1 point per learning hour

(maximum of 10 points)

Certificate of completion listing  your name, course name, learning hours, date of completion and qualifications of presenter

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Mentor in ESSA’s mentorship program

2 points per finalised mentorship relationship

(maximum of 6 points claimable)

ESSA evidence of your successful completion of mentoring relationship

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Mentee in ESSA’s mentorship program

2 CPD points upon ESSA finalisation of mentorship relationship

ESSA evidence of your successful completion of mentoring relationship

  

 

Category 2:              Presenting and Publication

Publishing an article, delivery of presentations

Applicable for

Activity

Points claimable

Evidence required

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Delivery of an ESSA accredited course

1 point per learning hour

ESSA certificate of presentation

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Full delivery of tertiary subject/unit/course
(Sessional/Adjunct Lecturers only)

15 points for first learning

10 points for subsequent deliveries

Copy of the course outline identifying you as lecturer

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Guest lecturer at tertiary studies

 

 

3 points per lecture (first delivery)

2 points per lecture (subsequent deliveries)

Copy of the course outline identifying you as lecturer

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Delivering other courses within the scope of practice

1 point per lecture

Copy of the course flyer identifying you as presenter

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Delivering relevant clinical in-services in the workplace within your profession scope of practice

3 points per in-service (first delivery)

2 points per in-service (subsequent deliveries)

Letter from employer listing course name/topic, learning hours and date of presentation

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Publishing in a relevant peer reviewed journal

 

10 points if primary author

5 points if other

(In year of publication only)

Copy of the front page of journal and copy of abstract/article, listing authors & publication information including date of publication

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Publishing in a relevant non peer reviewed media

e.g. newsletter, newspaper

3 points if primary author

(In year of publication only)

Copy of the front page of media and copy of abstract/article, listing authors & publication information including date of publication

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Publishing a textbook within your profession scope of practice

10 points if primary author

5 points if other

(In year of publication only)

Copy of the front page of textbook listing authors, contents page & publication information including date of publication

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Podium or poster presentation at a conference relevant to the industry (within your profession scope of practice)

5 points if primary author

Copy of the front page of program/proceedings and copy of abstract, listing authors

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Submission for funding / grants / pilot programs relevant to the industry

10 points if primary author

5 points if other

Copy of the front page of report listing authors

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Peer review of a professionally relevant journal article

2 points

Letter from editor outlining your involvement

 

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Editor of a relevant journal

10 points per year

Copy of journal, listing you as editor

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Working with ESSA, HEAL or EIM for advocacy related items (e.g. meeting representation, position papers, factsheets, submissions, blogs, articles), consisting of 5 or more hours involvement

5 points

Confirmation email from ESSA, HEAL or EIM representative confirming hours and contribution

 

Category 3:              Self Education

Review of research publications, journal articles, editorials and text books

Applicable for

Activity

Points claimable

Evidence required

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Reading of a relevant scientific article or chapter from a professional publication, that is within your profession scope of practice

 

ESSA membership includes access to EBSCO journals via ESSA’s members website   

1 point per article

A copy of the first page or abstract showing the title and authors, with the following statement “I (first name,  last name) acknowledge that I have read this professional resource in its entirety for educational purposes” with date

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Listening to a relevant scientific podcast or similar recording from a professional body or education supplier, that is within your profession scope of practice, where an assessment or certificate is not provided

 

NB: ESSA podcasts are not claimable in this category

1 point per recording

A copy of the title page of the recording or a tax invoice, showing the title and authors, with the following statement “I (first name,  last name) acknowledge that I have read this professional resource in its entirety for educational purposes” with date

 

 

Category 4:              Community Service

Student supervision, position on ESSA committees/chapters/board, and promotion of the industry to the community 

Applicable for

Activity

Points claimable

Evidence required

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

40 – 100 hours face to face student supervision (based on number of hours you spend supervising, regardless of student numbers/hours)

4 points

a letter from the graduate or university documenting the hours and nature of supervision

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

101 – 200 hours face to face student supervision (based on number of hours you spend supervising, regardless of student numbers/hours)

6 points

a letter from the graduate or university documenting the hours and nature of supervision

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

201 – 300 hours face to face student supervision (based on number of hours you spend supervising, regardless of student numbers/hours)

8 points

a letter from the graduate or university documenting the hours and nature of supervision

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

ESSA National President/ Vice President/Director/Other Executive

10 points

 

a copy of the meeting minutes stating your position

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Chairperson or committee member of an ESSA state chapter, council, committee and/or special interest group

4 points per committee

a copy of the meeting minutes stating your position

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

A member of a non ESSA committee related to exercise and/or sports science

(e.g. government, community organisation)

3 points per committee

 

a copy of the meeting minutes stating your position

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Attendance at ESSA National Annual General Meeting

2 points

a copy of the meeting minutes stating your attendance 

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Attendance at ESSA State Chapter Annual General Meeting

2 points  

 

a copy of the meeting minutes stating your attendance 

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Attendance at ESSA National, State Chapter, council or committee meeting

1 point per meeting

a copy of the meeting minutes stating your attendance 

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Attendance at special interest group meetings related to exercise and/or sports science

1 point per meeting

a copy of the meeting minutes stating your attendance 

 

AES

AEP

ASpS1 or S2

AHPM

Relevant promotional activities

(e.g. promoting ESSA at a conference, community event, allied health professional event, Primary Health Network)

2 points per activity

A letter from the conference/event organiser stating your involvement