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Developing a Professional Development Plan

  • Professional development plans (PDPs) are a mandatory component of the APHRA CPD registration  standards.

  • PDPs are written statements that outline learning and development goals. The process of creating a PDP generally involves a consideration of one's identified learning needs, a translation of these into goals (intended outcomes) and a description of the actions that will be taken to achieve the goals.

  • The SMART goals acronym (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely) is a popular cognitive aid that helps us write goals that will be achieved.

  • Your CPD Home may provide guidance and a template for a PDP.

  • The NSW Health Education Training Institute (HETI) provides guidance along with an open access PDP template as part of its Hospital Non Specialist Skills Program.


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