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ASAR CPD Program

ASAR CPD Program participants CPD activities must be entered online by logging into the ASAR Member Area.

CPD Credits and Documentation

To fulfil the requirements of the ASAR CPD program, Sonographers must accumulate 60 CPD credits in each triennium.

The first triennium begins on 1st January of the year following the Sonographer’s name being entered onto the Register. CPD credits can be accumulated immediately following entry on to the Register. The diversity of educational activities accepted by the Registry ensures that all Sonographers have access to eligible CPD activities. ASAR recognises 12 broad categories of activities in which CPD credits may be acquired. Activities are allocated a number of CPD credits taking into account the duration and level of involvement in the activity. Certain activities have a maximum number of CPD credits which can be acquired in a given triennium. This capping of credits ensures a diversity of CPD activity. These activities
as well as their CPD credits allocation are displayed in Table 1 below. Some activities are not considered valid CPD activities as they demonstrate no professional development attributes. For example:

  • teaching student Sonographers as part of your usual paid employment, unless it is in the form of formal in-house
    education meeting sessions
  • teaching general ultrasound principles to nursing groups, primary schools, etc.

In addition, some activities which occur outside normal clinical practice do not constitute continuing professional development activities as these occur within the confines of a paid employment relationship. For example:

  • paid lecturing/tutorial positions at universities.

As a general principle, a valid CPD activity should be performed in a voluntary/honorary capacity. It should not represent part of your usual paid employment duties and it should expand your existing knowledge.

Table 1: Summary of CPD activities, credit allocations and documentations

 

Type/ Code

Code

Activity

CPD Credits

Documentation

1. Attendance

1A

Attendance at national/international meetings, scanning workshops and webinars

1 per hour of educational activity

Certificate of attendance or receipt of registration & copy of program

 

1 B

Attendance at grand rounds, in-house seminars and workplace training (e.g. CPR, OHS)

1 per hour of educational activity to a maximum of 25 credits per triennium

Certificate of attendance or CPD Learning Activity Record

2. Publishing / Presenting

2A

Scientific or professional publication

50 (Peer reviewed, principal author*)

 

30 (Peer reviewed, non-principal author**)

 

25 (Non-peer reviewed, principal author*)

 

15 (Non-peer reviewed, non-principal author**)

Copy of published article including journal name, date and page numbers

   2 B  

Conference presentations (oral or poster) at state, national or international meetings

 

40 (Oral presentations where individual       presenting work claims CPD credit)

 

25 (Poster presentation by principal author*)

15 (Live-scanning workshop)

Meeting program documenting name of presenter and topic presented or Letter of acknowledgement/thanks or certificate

 

 2C

 A presentation within your workplace or local area (including Professional association Branch meetings) 

15 (Oral presentation where individual presenting work claims CPD credit

 

10 (Live-scanning)

Brochure documenting name of presenter and topic presented or Letter of acknowledgement/thanks or certificate

 3 Educational

 3A

 Self-directed learning to enhance patient outcomes and professional skills e.g. research, reading relevant journal articles or texts, journal club, web-based activities other than webinars

1 per hour to a maximum of 40 per triennium

CPD Learning Activity Record

 

 3 B

Self-directed learning to enhance patient outcomes and professional skills e.g. research, reading relevant journal articles or texts, journal club, web-based activities other than webinars

1 point per hour to a maximum of 5 per article

A thank you letter or certificate from the publisher

 

 3C

Enrolment in an Ultrasound or related Medical Post Graduate course, PhD provided by an Australasian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University.

40 per subject

Copy of university transcript or letter of enrolment

 

 3D

Completion of Management, Leadership course or Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

1 per hour to a maximum of 30 credits per triennium with a cap of 15 credits per activity.

Certificate of completion

 

 3E

Preceptorships - attendance onsite

2 per day to a maximum of 15 credits per triennium

Signed letter from individual providing the education outlining duration and purpose of the preceptorship

4. Other

 

Any other documented educational or professional activitye.g. participation in relevant professional committee meeting,Clinical program course or conference convening, mentoring, adjudicating or chairing conference sessions, examining within the profession. (see FAQ's for clarification)

1 per hour to a maximum of 30 credits per triennium with a cap of 15 per activity

 

 

Letter or certificate of acknowledgement or thanks, CPD Learning Activity Record

 *  Principal author is the first named author on the published paper.

** Non-principal author includes any listed author subsequent to the first author on a paper.

 

Entering CPD Activities onto your personal CPD database

CPD activities must be entered directly into your personal CPD database by following the prompts on the ASAR website. You must retain documentation of all CPD activities for which you claim CPD credits. Login to ASAR Member Area

Documentation for ASAR CPD Program 

For audit purposes, all Sonographers must maintain a personal record of verifiable documentation for all CPD activities submitted on the CPD Activity Report. ASAR recognises that there are numerous methods by which accredited Sonographers can verify their participation in a CPD activity. Accepted methods for documentation of CPD activities are described in Table 1 above.

Certificates

Most educational providers issue certificates of attendance. Certificates should include the following information:

  • meeting/program title
  • convenor’s name
  • date
  • participant’s name 
  • allocated CPD Credits
  • ASAR Activity Code
  • Location where the meeting was conducted

Registration Receipt

If certificates are not provided or you lose your certificate of attendance, a financial receipt of registration
to educational meetings is sufficient. The receipt must clearly state the following information:

  • meeting/program title
  • participant’s name
  • date

 

 CPD Activity Report

A CPD Activity Report is the method of logging CPD activities onto your personal ASAR CPD database. This template proforma is provided below.

       ⇓  Form 2.1 - CPD Activity Report

 

This form is also to be used  in evidence of a self-directed learning activity, which reflects additional knowledge gained from the activity, which may be used to change or reinforce your current clinical practice. 

As an example

Learning activity Research into a case of a solid parotid gland mass to establish a differential diagnosis list and to determine the most likely diagnosis based on the ultrasound appearances. Reference: Ahuja A, Evans R. Practical head and neck ultrasound. Greenwich Medical Media 2000; Ch2, 26-32. Summary of learning outcomes (brief summary of activity and impact on your professional development.) The most common parotid mass is the benign pleomorphic adenoma, making up 60-80% of parotid tumours. Other benign tumours include Warthins tumour, Oncocytoma, Lipoma, Haemangioma. Malignant possibilities include Muco-epidermoid carcinoma, Acinic cell carcinoma, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and Metastatic tumour. The mass in our case is a well defined, 1cm diameter, hypoechoic, homogenous lesion demonstrating good through transmission with posterior acoustic enhancement. Colour Doppler demonstrated some internal vascularity. This mass is thought to most likely represent a benign pleomorphic adenoma and the medical specialist has suggested a fine needle aspiration for confirmation. For educational purposes I have suggested a copy of the pathology report to be sent to our department. (11/11/05) The pathology report has confirmed the presence of a pleomorphic adenoma.

 

Record Keeping

CPD activities must be entered directly into your personal CPD database by logging into the Member Area. You must retain documentation of all CPD activities for which you claim CPD credits for 12 months following the completion of a triennium, as an ASAR CPD audit may be conducted at any time during this period.