Continuing Professional Development

continuing professional development 

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The purpose of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is to maintain and grow your competency appropriate to your role (support worker, associate practitioner or registered practitioner). CPD activities need to be relevant to the dapaanz Addiction Intervention Competency Framework (2011), or best practice based on emerging evidence.

Provisional and fully registered Addiction Practitioners are required to undertake CPD activities worth 100 points annually. Associate Practitioners and Addiction Support Workers are required to complete CPD worth 75 points annually.

The table below describes the four different categories of CPD activities: 1) Work-based professional development; 2) Formal training and education; 3) Self-directed learning; and 4) Professional activity for the sector(s).

Each CPD activity is allocated points, and CPD points need to be earned from more than one category (unless you are undertaking activities from category 2), Formal Training and Education which can supply the total annual points required.   

You will need to keep evidence of the CPD that you have undertaken during each year, in case this is requested in a random audit. Please be aware we may require you to provide this evidence (this is only needed if we ask for it). 

how you can earn points

Activity category

Points earned

Evidence requirements

1. Work-based Professional Development

Create a Professional Development Plan

This plans out your training and development for the year and is developed with your manager. This is not a performance review, although sometimes it is done after this.

20 points

per annual plan

The plan, signed off by


Attend education sessions within your service

Topics need to be relevant to addiction intervention competencies.

5 points per 1-2 hour


(max 30 points)

Date, topic, time and

presenter noted in CPD log

Arrange a practice review

With your client’s permission, ask a colleague or supervisor to observe your work with a client (either in person or by video) and provide you with feedback.

5 points per

session reviewed

(max 30 points)

Dates noted in CPD log and

signed off by Observer

Request a case review

Present a client’s situation in a structured case presentation to your colleagues and ask for their feedback.

10 points per case


(max 30 points)

Noted in CPD log

Provide an educational presentation or workshop

Share your addiction expertise with colleagues, other professionals or community groups.

10 points per session

(max 30 points)


Noted in CPD log

Provide clinical supervision

For when providing formal professional supervision to supervisees.

1 point per supervision


(max 30 points)

Dates noted in CPD log

2. Formal Training and Education

Complete formal study

Enrol in a paper or whole qualification from a university or polytechnic which is NZQA approved (includes Te Taketake). The study needs to be relevant to addiction intervention competencies. For example, on addiction and/ or mental health, counselling or therapy techniques, cultural understanding and competency or clinical supervision.

50 points per one


(half-year) of completing

a paper/ study

Copy of academic transcript

Attend dapaanz workshops and conferences

These could be completed either in person or online.

15 points per half day

(3-4 hrs)

(max 50)

Attendance record

Attend non-dapaanz workshops, seminars, conferences and webinars

These could be completed either in person or online. They need to be relevant to addiction intervention competencies. For example, about addiction, mental health, counselling, working with families, cultural competency, trauma-informed approaches.

5 points (1-2 hrs)

10 points per half day

(3-4 hrs)

(max 40)

Attendance record

Complete Train-the-Trainer training

Training that prepares you to train others in a particular approach or intervention.

10 points per half day

(3-4 hrs)

(max 30 points)

Attendance/ completion record

3. Self-directed Learning

Write a reflective practice journal

Write journal entries that reflect on 2-3 of your cases (either clients, supervisees or staff depending on your role) click here for more information. Ask your supervisor to add a note to your supervisor form for renewal, to say they have read and discussed your journal reflections with you as part of your supervision.

50 points

Supervisor note on supervisor

renewal form confirming they

have seen and discussed your

2-3 reflections in supervision

Participate in personal therapy/ development

Undertake personal counselling or therapy for wellbeing and development.

5 points per counselling


(max 15 points)

Session dates noted in

CPD log

Participate in Journal Club

Involvement in a Journal Club, which is a group set up to discuss practice relevant journal articles or books.

5 points per session

(max 30 points)

Journal articles noted in

CPD log

Annotate a journal article

Write an annotation of a journal article relevant to practice. Annotations summarise a book or article to assist the reader to decide whether to read it or not.

5 points per article

(max 30 points)

Journal articles noted in

CPD log

4. Professional Activity for the Sector(s)

Present at local/ regional conferences

Present either in person or by poster about addiction relevant issues.  

20 points per


Conference programme

Present at national or international conferences

Present either in person or by poster about addiction relevant issues.

50 points per


Conference programme

Guest speaker on formal qualifications

When invited to speak to a class of students about your service or addiction-related expertise.

10 points per lecture

(max 30 points)

Lecture outline

Manage and teach on formal qualifications

For Practitioners who are employed in clinical services, who may also run and teach an addiction related paper as part of a formal qualification.

50 points per semester

(max 60 points)

Course outline

Teaching Addictions/CEP/other Practitioners

1-2 day training for mental health and or addiction / staff workers

30 points per training session

(max 60 points)

Course outline

Conduct or participate in research

The research needs to be a formal research project that is relevant to addiction and its treatment.

Research proposal (15 points)

Data collection (15 points)

Analysis of data and results

report (20 points)

Proposal outline

Data cited and signed

off by supervisor


Participate in an advisory/ reference group

For when people are invited to join a group to contribute expertise in addiction practice.

10 points per half day of

group meeting

Meeting notes

5. Covid-19 Wellbeing Plan


Covid-19 - Participate in self-care activity

Undertake self-care activity to support professional wellbeing.

This category is available from 1 November 2021 through to 31 Dec 2022 to acknowledge the extra strain placed on us as we work through a global pandemic.

Activity can be self-determined and used to help self-management, self-care or to increase wellbeing overall or in the workplace.

Activity should be advised and described by the member at time of renewal in their CPD log.

5 points per activity

(1 hour duration minimum)

(max 20 points per year)

Date/activity noted in CPD log