Recording your Continuing Professional Development

CPA Australia CPD Diary

Your CPD Diary helps you maintain a record of the CPD activities you have participated in all in one convenient online record

Every time you complete a CPA Australia professional development course or attend an event such as CPA Congress, seminars, workshops or a CPA Australia training session, your record will be automatically updated.

Activities such as courses, discussion groups and webinars that are not provided by CPA Australia will need to be manually recorded in your CPD Diary.

We recommend you regularly update your CPD Diary to make sure all relevant activities are recorded. 

View our CPD Diary user guide

CPD activity codes and descriptions

You’ll need to select the appropriate code for each type of activity when it’s recorded in your CPD Diary.

If you're selected for a CPD review you may be requested to provide evidence of your CPD activities. As such, you must keep your CPD evidence for 12 months after the end of your triennium.

Category Description Evidence example
 A Congresses, conventions and conferences
  • Verification of attendance (e.g. certificate of attendance, attendance list, registration receipt)
  • Event program
B Courses, webinars, seminars or workshops (incl. online)
  • Verification of attendance (e.g. certificate of attendance, attendance list, registration receipt)
C Discussion group meetings
  • Upload a logbook or record containing the name of discussion group, discussion date and location
  • Calendar invite
D In-house learning
  • Verification of attendance (e.g. certificate of attendance, attendance list, registration receipt) 
E Tertiary (university) courses
  • Transcripts
  • Certificates of completion
  • Confirmation of enrolment (including provider name)
  • Assessment reports
F Appropriate developmental activities
  • Evidence of planning, preparation and outcomes for activities
G Researched or written technical publications
  • Copy of the researched or technical publication
H Technical or research committees
  • Evidence of attendance/participation at committees
I Self-study including self-paced learning packages and online professional development
  • Verification of attendance (e.g. certificate of attendance, attendance list, registration receipt)
  • Certificates of completion
J Unstructured reading, video or audio (a maximum of 10 hours per year can be claimed for reading)
  • Name of publication(s) or articles
  • Logbook or record containing date(s), duration and name of reading material(s)
K Mentoring (a maximum of 10 hours per year can be claimed for mentoring)
  • Logbook/or record outlining date(s) and duration of meetings with mentee(s)
L CPA Australia Recognised Employer Program
  • Confirmation of employment from a Recognised Employer

Maximum CPD hour limits

Both "Unstructured reading, video or audio" (CPD activity code J) and "Mentoring" (CPD activity code K) are limited to 10 hours each year. The are no limits on the number of hours you can claim for all remaining CPD activities.

If you have completed any technical reading that helps your professional development, you can claim this under self-study (CPD activity code I).