RCPI Policy on CPD Credits for Medical Related Advanced Degrees and Online Courses Credits will be awarded in the External Category equivalent to the number of hours attending lectures or completing assignments.

Credits will be awarded to medical candidates that complete courses and provide evidence of awarding Certificate/Diploma etc. These credits should fulfil the external requirement for a maximum of 2 years of a 5 year cycle, such that other activities in this category are undertaken. Other learning time on theses courses can be entred in the Personal Learning Category.

You can claim CPD Credit for this type of activity as follows:


To record activities around a higher medical degree or Phd:

  • Attendance at lectures/tutorials/workshops: Claim 1 hour = 1 credit under the External Category
  • Study time/revision time: Claim 1 hour = 1 credit under the Personal Learning Category
  • Preparation of presentations/assignments: Claim 5 credits per item under the Research or Teaching Category


It may also be possible to apply some of the work you have done in relation to your higher medical degree or Phd as your Clinical (Practice) Audit.


It is understood that the work towards a higher medical degree or Phd can take place across more than one Professional Competence Year.  When this happens, make the credit claims to match the year. That is - activities you claim in relation to your degree in 2020 - 2021 must have taken place between 1 May 2020 and 30 April 2021, and so on.