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Frequently asked questions

Find answers here to commonly asked questions about our work and activities.
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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. 

As an example though, a full day external activity, that runs from 10am to 5pm will carry 7 hours of time-valued CPD, inclusive of breaks.

shorter activity from 10am-1pm will carry 4 time-valued hours.

Please contact the CPD team at CPD@rad.org.uk if you have any questions. 


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 Time-Valued 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

Information on CPD can be found in the CPD section of RAD website and also in Members’ Area.

If  you are concerned about elements of the CPD scheme, or  do not have access to the internet, a member of the CPD team will be happy to discuss and clarify any issues by telephone, or by letter.

As the scheme puts an emphasis on continuing skills, CPD will not be backdated between years.

We do recognise that our teachers work incredibly hard, and spend time and money building up the skills that make them excellent teachers, but as the scheme is continuing, we do ask that teachers participate in a minimum amount of professional development each year.

We are now in the fourth year of the RAD’s Continuing Professional Development Scheme. Last year we made a commitment to listen to and act upon your concerns about CPD.

As you are aware, we’ve been reviewing the scheme to make sure that the model is right for both the RAD and for its members. The review took place in two stages, with a membership survey and a series of member focus groups. This was followed by an independent review.

This independent review highlighted a number issues and the final report made a number of recommendations for change. A proposal to implement some of these was approved by the Board of Trustees on 17 December.

The outcome of the review was communicated was communicated at the end of 2015/16 CPD year and came to force starting 2016/17 CPD year. 

The changes include:

  • Reducing the annual minimum CPD requirement to 20 hours
  • Simplified Exemption application
  • A simplified CPD model and language
  • A visual guide to CPD
  • A wider range of non-syllabus courses worldwide
  • A review of the regulations for ‘non-active’ Life Teachers