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Find answers here to commonly asked questions about our work and activities.
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If you participate in both Time-Valued CPD and Credit-Rated CPD in one year, you will have automatically have completed the RAD CPD requirement.

Yes. If you wish to maintain your registration with the RAD, you have to participate in our CPD programme.

Yes, this is a valid reason to support an exemption application.

We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and this may affect your participation in CPD. We have compiled an extensive list of reasons for exemptions but if you are not sure whether you qualify, please contact us at cpd@rad.org.uk for further advice. 

Independent CPD activities are those which are completed in a less formal setting than a workshop or a course. There is no exact definition of what an Independent CPD activity is, and the RAD does not have an exact list of activities that do or do not count towards your CPD requirement.

This is because Independent CPD can take such a wide range of forms internationally, it would be very limiting to restrict you to only a small number of activities.

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
  • Observation of classes
  • Mentoring students
  • Watching a performance
  • Planning and producing a show

CPD activities are those which go above and beyond your usual working life. For further advice, contact a member of the CPD team via cpd@rad.org.uk

You can complete your CPD requirement by participating in activities that aren’t run by the RAD, but they do need to meet our External CPD Requirements.

These requirements are as follows -

The activity must have:

a) clearly stated aims and objectives

b) demonstrable learning outcomes

c) be relevant to your dance teaching career

d) be able to be evidenced e.g. you obtain a certificate/proof of participation

It is up to you to make sure that any external CPD activities meet the above requirements, and the course provider should be able to help you check that that the activity meets these requirements. 

If you choose to complete your CPD requirement by participating in external CPD, you are responsible for deciding whether this meets the external CPD requirements.

You are also responsible for working out how many CPD hours this activity is worth.

You can claim one CPD hour for each hour of teaching on an external activity. You cannot claim CPD hours for any preparation, discussion or networking you undertake around this activity. 

No, it is not necessary to participate in both Time-Valued CPD and Credit-Rated CPD.

To meet your minimum requirement, you only need to participate in one or the other. 

You can declare your CPD throughout the CPD year, as soon as you believe you have met your CPD requirement.

CPD declaration forms are available on the declarations and exemptions page.

We are not asking you to do more, but to give weight to the work you do. As the scheme puts an emphasis on continuing skills, CPD will not be backdated.

We recognise that our teachers work incredibly hard, and have spent time and money building up the skills that make them excellent teachers. The Continuing Professional Development scheme aims to recognise that hard work, and make sure others recognise the dedication of RAD teachers to their profession.

If you complete an RAD examination between 1 July and 30 June, this counts as your full Credit-Rated CPD requirement for that CPD year.

RAD examinations bear credits, and are recognised on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Find out more about the Recognition and accreditation of RAD Examinations.