Professional Membership: CPD Activity Codes

This information is available to download as part of the Record of CPD Activities form.

NOTE: The CPD cycle is 12 months in duration. Therefore, point allocation limitations relate to a 12-month period; where a maximum number of points per CPD cycle is stated for an activity, point accrual is re-set each year. A total of 60 points is required over a three-year period (i.e. three CPD cycles), whether for initial membership application, or membership renewal.

A. Operational case work (practitioner substantive role – maximum of 15 units; either across one activity or a combination of the three activities listed below)

  1. Analytical testing and interpretation of forensic case work (1 unit per 35 hours’ work)
  2. Interpretation and reporting forensic case work (1 unit per 35 hours’ work)
  3. Court attendance related to forensic casework (1 unit per each case/matter attendance)

B. Research (maximum of 15 units; either across one activity or a combination of the three activities listed below)

  1. Research is substantive role within forensic science (1 unit per 35 hours’ work)
  2. Primary Supervisor (2 units per project, maximum of 16)
  3. Secondary Supervisor (1 unit per project)

C. Executive Manager of forensic operational units; includes Managers who are responsible for high level, strategic coordination and decision making within a forensic jurisdiction. (Manager is substantive role – maximum of 15 units)

D. In-house training for technical/operational development directly relevant to discipline; includes attendance, preparation and/or delivery and staff-mentoring (1 unit per hour; maximum 6 hours per activity)

E. Externally provided short course, seminar, workshop, presentation, or lecture; includes attendance, preparation and/or delivery (1 unit per learning hour; maximum 6 hours per activity)

F. Industry or discipline conference (1 unit per learning hour; maximum 10 hours per conference)

G. In-house seminars, working groups, discussion groups, meetings; includes attendance, preparation and/or delivery and staff mentoring (1 unit per learning hour; maximum total of 20 hours per CPD cycle)

H. Presentations to peers or other professional groups; includes preparation and/or delivery (maximum total of 10 units per CPD cycle)

  1. Guest, sessional or adjunct lecturer (1 unit per teaching hour)
  2. Professional development or technical courses/workshops (1 unit per teaching hour)
  3. In-house seminars (1 unit per teaching hour)
  4. Conference/poster presentation (2 units per presentation)
  5. Court expert witness testimony (1 unit per appearance)

I. Publications – writing and/or reviewing publications (journal article/position paper/textbook chapter/on-line article/thesis) to peers, including as lead author, co-author, or recognized contributor to the body of work (2 units per publication/review; maximum total of 10 CPD per year)

J. Short communication circulated locally though not published within a peer reviewed journal (1 unit per article; maximum total of 10 CPD per year)

K. In-house, or operational related study and/or research projects, not conducted through an academic institution (1 unit per hour course work/project work; accrue maximum of 10 units per year)

L. Post-graduate study relevant to forensic science primary discipline needs, conducted through an academic institution (1 unit per hour course work/project work; accrue maximum of 10 units per year)

M. Membership of national or international professional associations relevant to forensic science, e.g. Australian Academy of Forensic Science, International Society for Forensic Genetics (1 unit per membership; maximum of 3 units per year)

N. Membership of another certification body directly related to forensic science, specifically defined discipline and/or area of specialisation within forensic science (this may fulfil the maximum point allocation, refer to section above “activities counting towards CPD points”)

O. Other – requires description of activity and how it relates to forensic science discipline (applicant to suggest the number of CPD points, which will be adjudicated by the Board).

CPD Topics/Themes

  1. Professional skills – related to the individuals nominated primary discipline within forensic science
  2. Professional skills – specifically related to area(s) of specialisation within the nominated primary discipline
  3. Provision of expert evidence, including court report submission and court testimony
  4. Ethics, quality assurance, governance and professional responsibility
  5. Work health and safety
  6. General forensic science principles
  7. Statistics/evaluative reporting