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Pharmacy Board CPD requirements

All registered pharmacists (except those holding non-practising registration) must complete continuing professional development relevant to their scope of practice. The Board will audit compliance with this requirement annually.

All pharmacists are expected to self-assess their individual needs with reference to the Competency Standards for Pharmacists in Australia.


The current requirement for CPD credits is 40 CPD credits for the 12 months ending 30 September. Accredited pharmacists must obtain an additional 20 CPD credits within the 12 month CPD period.

No more than 50% of the total number of required credits can come from Group 1 CPD activities.

Find out more about CPD credits and how these are allocated to activities.

CPD activities

CPD activities must ‘deal primarily with matters directly related to the practice of pharmacy’.  The practice of pharmacy is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care and can include for example, non-clinical relationships with clients; working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles.

CPD activities must be:

  • relevant to the scope of the registered pharmacist’s role
  • of significant or practical content
  • conducted by persons who are qualified by practical or academic experience in the material covered.

Further information

CPD frequently asked questions

Pharmacy Board of Australia
Using Standards to guide CPD
How to self-assess against the competency standards

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