Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs are utilised by many professional organisations to ensure members of those professions maintain a high level of knowledge and skills throughout their professional life. ASAR recognises the importance of a CPD program to develop the ultrasound profession and to improve public confidence in the ultrasound service. The requirement to successfully comply with a CPD program for Accredited Sonographers in order to remain on the ASAR Register forms part of the Medicare Australia legislation. Within Australia, the Medicare rebate for sonographic services performed by a Sonographer is only payable where that Sonographer is on the ASAR Register.
All accredited Sonographers must therefore participate in an ASAR recognised CPD program in order to remain on the register:
ASAR CPD Program
PD-asa CPD Program
ASMIRT CPD Program
myASUM CPD Program
These programs provide a formalised mechanism of documented professional development in the form of CPD points that are collected by the individual Sonographer and logged with the relevant organisation.
Within each program, points are allocated under categories of CPD activities and a certain number of CPD points must be accrued within a given period. The given period is three (3) years and is referred to as a Standard Triennium. A minimum of 10 percent of Sonographers completing their CPD Triennium will be randomly selected for audit each year.