Continuing Professional Development Policy
Tertiary level qualifications in rehabilitation counselling are a fundamental requirement of RCAA membership. Clients of rehabilitation counselling services have a right to expect that Rehabilitation Counsellors (RCs) regularly update their skills and knowledge in order to maintain competence and to provide services based on contemporary evidence-based best practice. Participation in RCAA approved continuing professional development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement of RCAA full membership, and is designed to ensure RC’s practice safely, legally and effectively. Students are not required to meet CPD points until they have graduated and upgraded to full membership.
RCAA’s CPD Policy ensures parity with other Allied Health professions. All Allied Health professions have to meet annual mandatory CPD requirements to ensure membership compliance. Registered Allied Health professions have to meet The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) minimum requirements to maintain professional registration.
RCAA is a member association of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). Accordingly, RCAA members are required to comply with CICA professional standards including a requirement for ongoing professional development. CICA requires a minimum of twenty (20) hours of CPD points per year.
Further, RCAA is currently working towards meeting eligibility criteria for membership of the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP). The minimum CPD requirement to meet eligibility criteria are twenty (20) points per membership year.
RCAA is also recognised by the Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authority (HWCA), under its Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers. The HWCA guidelines require employers of rehabilitation professionals providing occupational rehabilitation services, ensure continuous learning and development for staff. CPD is required for all areas of rehabilitation counselling practice.
The RCAA CPD Policy is effective from 1 July 2015.
From 1 July 2019, the annual CPD points were reduced from 25 points to 20 points per renewal year i.e. 1 July to 30 June.
RCAA will commence random audits of member compliance with the CPD policy from 1 July 2016. All members must maintain records of CPD activities undertaken, to ensure they meet audit and membership requirements.
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RCAA members must record their CPD activity in the Activ8evolve database on that website. Click here for link.