FDR CPD Course

Continuous professional development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement outlined in Regulation 14 for accredited Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) practitioners. It mandates a minimum of 24 hours of education, training, or professional development in FDR every two years from the accreditation date.


When does CPD commence?

The two-year cycle starts from the accreditation date or the date when a suspension is lifted, not tied to a financial or calendar year. For instance, if someone becomes accredited on December 15, 2021, they have until midnight on December 14, 2023, to fulfill their 24-hour CPD requirement. 

Why is CPD crucial?

The family law domain is dynamic, with evolving practices. Staying abreast of legal frameworks, dispute resolution theories, and industry advancements is vital for FDR practitioners to provide effective services. 

What constitutes CPD?

Practitioners should engage in activities like training, conferences, seminars, or academic readings relevant to FDR. Supervising trainees, delivering FDR training, or publishing FDR-related academic work can also count towards CPD. 

What doesn’t count as CPD?

Routine FDR duties, being a ‘client’ in student training scenarios, or non-specific training like first aid courses are not considered CPD activities. 


FDR practitioners must maintain documentation of CPD activities, including a log with activity descriptions, dates, hours, and learning outcomes. Certificates and reflective summaries of readings or trainings should be included. 

Non-compliance consequences:

Failure to meet CPD requirements may lead to additional CPD, accreditation conditions, suspension, or accreditation cancellation. 

Practitioners are subject to audit and must produce CPD documentation if requested by an Authorised Officer. Why wait book in for your next OPD ( Ongoing Professional Development session today)