Core Operations

The Council regulates the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.



Healthcare practitioners have a responsibility to continually update their professional knowledge and skills for the end benefit of the patient or client. To this end the HPCSA has implemented a Continuing Professional Development programme. Practitioners are required to accumulate Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per twelve-month period; including the ethics, human rights and medical law. Each CEU will be valid for 24 months from the date on which the activity took place (or ended, in the event of post-graduate studies) after which it would lapse. This means that practitioners should aim to accumulate a balance of 60 CEUs by the end of their second year of practise, and thereafter top-up the balance through additional CPD as each 24 –month validity period expires. 

Mandatory random audits are conducted to ensure compliancy. Once a practitioner’s name has been selected, they are required to submit a CPD portfolio to Council within 21 days. Non-compliant practitioners will be given six months in order to comply. After the period of 6 months a practitioner will again be audited and if there is still non-compliance, the Professional Board will consider appropriate action. Practitioners are only required to submit their CPD portfolios when their names are drawn from a random sample audit and when requested to submit their completed form CPD 1 IAR with accompanying proof of CPD activities undertaken.


CPD Guidelines View document

Frequently Asked Questions

CPD FAQ's View document



Application for recognition as an Accreditor - Form 4 View document
Approved Accreditation Fees View document
Criteria guidelines for accreditors View document


For Practitioners
CPD Manual View document
Health Practitioner's Individual CPD Activity Record   Form CPD 1 
Feedback Form - Evaluation of HPCSA CPD Accredited Activity   Form CPD 7
Application for Recognition as an Accreditor of CPD Activities  Form CPD 4
For Accreditors/Accredited CPService Providers
Application for Approval of CPD Activities  Form CPD 2A
Application by Institutions or Associations for Accredited Service Provider Status  Form CPD 2
Certificate of CPD Attendance  Form CPD 3
Annual Report Form
Professional Boards
Process Flow: New Application and Re-application for Accreditor Status  Form CPD 8
Checklist for Accreditors & Accredited Service Providers  Form CPD 11


Service Providers

Activity Programme and Presenter CV's - Form CPD 2-A View document
Application as an accredited Service Provider - Form CPD 2 View document
Attendance Certificate - Form CPD 3 View document
Criteria and Guidelines for Service Providers View document


Approved Accreditors

Professional Boards  
Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy & Oral Hygiene  View document
Dietetics and Nutrition View document
Emergency Care

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Environmental Health View document
Medical, Dental and Medical Science
Medical Technology View document
Occupational Therapy & Medical Orthotics, Prosthetics and Arts Therapy

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Optometry & Dispensing Opticians View document
Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Biokinetics View document
Psychology View document
Radiography & Clinical Technology View document
Speech, Language and Hearing View document