Meeting Your CPD Requirement

RAD teaching members are required to complete 20 hours of CPD between 1 September and 31 August every year. This can be made up of a minimum of 10 hours of Time–Valued CPD and a maximum of 10 hours of Independent CPD. You can fulfil your CPD requirement by participating in both RAD CPD and external CPD; that is CPD offered by organisations other than the RAD.

Time-Valued CPD

What is Time-Valued CPD?

Time-valued CPD courses are those that are valued by the amount of time it takes to complete them and they will normally take place in a formal learning environment. They include courses both run by the RAD and by other organisations. Some examples of Time-Valued CPD include:

  • Face to face practical workshops and training sessions
  • Online or distance learning units, courses/workshops and modules

If you are enrolled on a recognised higher or further education programme of study, this can also form part of your CPD requirement.

Time-Valued CPD would usually have:

  • clearly stated aims and objectives,
  • demonstrable learning outcomes,
  • be relevant to your dance teaching career, and
  • be able to be evidenced.

Do I need to do both Time-Valued and Independent CPD?

The CPD Scheme requires that all RAD teaching members complete 20 hours of CPD. In order to reach the 20 hours a teacher can complete:

  • a minimum of 10 hours of Time-valued CPD, and
  • a maximum of 10 hours of Independent CPD.

The RAD scheme is flexible so that you can choose CPD that works best for you. This means in any one CPD year one teacher may complete 20 hours of Time-Valued CPD; another may do 16 hours of Time-valued CPD and 4 hours of Independent; and another may do 10 hours of each. All of these options and other variations are acceptable.

Independent CPD

What is Independent CPD?

Independent CPD is that which is completed in a less formal setting than a workshop or a course. There is no definitive guide or list of accepted Independent CPD courses simply because Independent CPD can and should include a diverse range of activities. To attempt to produce such a list would be very limiting when our underlining ethos is one of recognising the ‘day to day’ learning and development activities that teachers already do. The CPD department can provide guidance on the type of activities that can count as your Independent CPD.
This could include:

  • Private study to learn new skills
  • Online research
  • Reading dance related publications
  • Contributing to the local dance community through committees or charity work
  • Mentoring students
  • Watching a performance(s)
  • Planning and/or producing a show
  • Class planning

For further advice, please contact a member of the CPD team via cpd@rad.org.uk

Do I need to do both Time-Valued and Independent CPD?

The CPD Scheme requires that all RAD teaching members complete 20 hours of CPD. In order to reach the 20 hours a teacher can complete:

  • a minimum of 10 hours of Time-valued CPD, and
  • a maximum of 10 hours of Independent CPD.

The RAD scheme is flexible so that you can choose CPD that works best for them. This means in any one CPD year one teacher may complete 20 hours of Time-valued CPD; another may do 16 hours of Time-valued CPD and 4 hours of Independent; and another may do 10 hours of each. All of these options and other variations are acceptable.

Internal & External CPD

What is Internal and External CPD?

Courses run by the RAD CPD department are called Internal CPD. If you do not wish to attend these, you can complete your requirement by participating in External CPD. These are CPD activities that are organised by another organisation.

What counts as External CPD?

It is up to the teacher to decide whether a course meets our External CPD criteria.

The course must have:

  • clearly stated aims and objectives,
  • demonstrable learning outcomes,
  • be relevant to your dance teaching career, and
  • be able to be demonstrated.

New & Reinstating Teachers

New teaching members and re-instating teaching members (after one year or more cancelled membership), are only required to complete their CPD on a pro rata basis. If you have joined or re-joined the RAD after July each year, you can download the spreadsheet below as a guide:

New and Reinstating Teachers Table PDF