CPD Application for Exemption
ACD Audit and CPD Exemption


Fellows and CPD Customers may be considered for exemption from the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) under the following circumstances. Exemptions or variations are granted for a minimum of 6 months up to a maximum of one year for those who meet the following criteria: 

  • Bereavement of immediate family member
  • Extended family/personal leave
  • Health reasons
  • Extended absence from professional duties
  • Parental leave
  • Cultural leave
  • Other special circumstances

Exemptions or variations are granted on a case-by-case basis and if approved may lead to the minimum CPD requirements being adjusted for the applicable calendar year. An applicant may lodge a reconsideration of the CPD Committee decision via the lodgement of relevant documentation as per the College Reconsideration, Review and Appeals Policy. Please refer to the CPD Policy for more information.


If you wish to be considered for a CPD exemption for the current CPD year, please complete the online application below. Your information is treated as private and confidential. Please note documentation will need to be provided, such as a copy of a leave application or medical certificate.

If you wish to discuss your circumstances prior to applying, please contact us by emailing cpd@dermcoll.edu.au.


At the end of every cycle up to a minimum of 5% of Fellows are chosen for audit of their compliance with the College’s program and in line with the requirements of AHPRA. All Fellows will be informed that the audit will be occurring. 

The audit is in place to ensure participants in College’s CPD program: 

  • Undertake meaningful professional development 
  • Meet their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements under the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) Registration Standard: Continuing Professional Development (the Standard) 
  • Easily demonstrate that they have done so should they be audited by the MBA. 
  • Undertaking an audit also enables College to identify and support Fellows who may need additional support. 

Participants are chosen at random using an electronic system. They are notified they are being audited and are required to supply documentation for the minimum points supporting their claims for the cycle. Fellows will have six weeks to comply with the audit requirements. A letter of compliance will be issued to those who have met the requirements. 

For full details refer to the CPD Policy.


Need help with CPD?

Contact the CPD Team via email cpd@dermcoll.edu.au.
For support and resources, visit the webpage here.