Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CPD Organiser?

The CPD Organiser is an online tool designed to help you find, organise and document your professional education. Regularly updated to ensure it meets your requirements, the CPD Organiser will guide you through the correct way to write a learning plan, identify specific learning needs, discover education and evaluate your learning outcomes. The CPD Organiser allows you to store each registration year’s goals, activities and evaluations in an online folder called a learning plan. Each learning plan relates directly to a registration year, in Australia this period starts on June 1st and ends on May 31st the following year.

Do I Need a Membership to Access the CPD Organiser?

No, you just need to register as a ‘basic user’ to access the organiser. Registration is free.

What is the CPD Process?

What is a Learning Plan?

A learning plan should be developed for any CPD record. Your plan may consist of a few general paragraphs that outline your short and long term career aspirations and should be regularly reviewed. When writing your learning plan, you may like to consider the following:

  • The needs of your community/workplace.
  • An evaluation of your practice against relevant competencies or professional practice standards.
  • Recent performance appraisals.

What are Learning Needs and Goals?

A key aspect of effective CPD documentation is the identification of specific learning needs or goals. A learning need helps clarify your learning plan by identifying specific learning objectives, identifying their priority and establishing a time frame for completion. Your learning needs may be based on:

  • A needs assessment of your community (i.e. census data, government reports/findings).
  • Preparing and planning for change.
  • Identified blind-spots, gaps or aspects of your nursing practice that need updating.

What are CPD Activities?

Once the learning plan and specific learning needs have been identified, finding and completing relevant CPD education will be much easier. Every activity you engage in should relate to your learning needs and involve active learning on that topic. Conferences, seminars, online resources, Video Learning Activities (VLAs), mentoring and professional writing are just some examples of valid CPD activities. The number of hours of CPD you will be required to complete in each registration year will depend on your qualifications and endorsements. Contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia if you need assistance in determining your individual requirement.

Remember: 1 hour of active learning = 1 hour of CPD.

Why Do I Need to Evaluate?

Finally, each completed CPD activity should be evaluated in terms of its impact on your practice. Evaluation reinforces learning and alignment with your learning needs, demonstrates relevance to competency or practice standards and helps you to effectively choose the type of education that suits you best

Can I Print a CPD Report?

The Ausmed CPD Organiser can provide you with a full printable PDF report of your CPD progress at any time throughout the registration year. Simply click the report button from any page on the Ausmed website.

What is the Learning Centre?

The Learning Centre is a leading online learning environment available exclusively with an Ausmed Membership. It contains structured Video Learning Activities (VLAs) designed to provide a one-on-one learning experience between you and the educator. Each VLA consists of a high quality multimedia video streamed online, a self-assessment tool and an evaluation process. Upon successful completion of an activity you will be awarded a certificate outlining the CPD/CNE earned.

CPD, RCNA Points and ANCC Accreditation

Ausmed Education's Learning Centre is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The standards developed by the ANCC are the highest and most rigorous in the world, and this accreditation means that you can be sure that all nursing education available through The Learning Centre meets or exceeds these high standards. Additionally, all VLAs will award you RCNA CNE points and Ausmed CPD hours.

What is the Online Resource Library?

The Online Resource Library contains a large range of digital files that you can download to your computer or mobile device for listening or reading offline, including:

Nursing Lectures

Ausmed runs many face-to-face nursing seminars and conferences across Australia each year. Some of the lectures presented at these programs are recorded, edited and made available to Ausmed Members for downloading through the Online Resource Library. Audio lectures are ideal for CPD on the go; listen while you run, do the cooking or even in the car between patients.


The Online Resource Library contains digital versions of many Ausmed textbooks as well as titles from other specialist health publishers. These can be downloaded as PDFs for printing or saving offline with versions also available for iPhone, iPad and Amazon Kindle readers.

1000s of Resources and Counting

The Online Resource library also contains medical images, fast-fact sheets, short videos and many other useful resources. Each week Ausmed publishes new resources to the online library.

How Do I Earn CPD in the Online Resource Library?

All resources available in the Online Resource Library can earn you CPD, provided they relate to your context of practice and any identified learning needs. Where applicable the details page of a resource will outline how many hours or minutes you can claim for completing the activity, including RCNA CNE Points earned.

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