Professional Competence Requirements

The PCS Year 2020/2021 end of year date is the 30th April 2021. You will have until midnight on this date to register for the current PCS year. You must be registered with the college before this deadline to record any PCS activity. Only PCS activity uploaded by 30th April 2021 will appear on your PCS Statement of Participation for the year 2020/2021. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Over the course of the professional competence year (1 May to 30 April) you will need to:

  • Complete an audit (one clinical or practice related audit)

Gather and record a minimum of 50 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits across four CPD categories:

  • External 20 CPD credits (minimum)
  • Internal 20 CPD credits (minimum)
  • Personal Learning 5 CPD credits (minimum)
  • Research, Postgraduate Examining and Teaching 2 CPD credits desirable

Please click here for a list of CPD activities in each category.


Requirements: 20 credits per year (minimum) External credits are allocated for learning activities or events that take place ‘external’ to your usual work such as CPD courses organised by the College. These may include regional and national scientific meetings, conferences and workshops, international conferences run by equivalent bodies and online courses with a formal assessment process. Event organisers apply to the College’s Professional Competence Scheme for accreditation in advance of the event and the number of credits awarded are based on time and educational content.


Requirements: 20 credits per year (minimum) Internal credits are allocated for activities and meetings that take place usually during your work such as departmental or hospital meetings, multidisciplinary meetings, grand rounds and case presentation/discussion. It is not necessary to seek CPD approval from the College for these events. However, under the requirements of the Professional Competence Schemes, doctors must provide evidence of having attended these activities. Your Department Chair should keep a record of the contents and focus of the meeting, time and date and a logbook of attendees to simplify collection of internal credits for each member. Any doctor can use this record, signed by the Chair of the Department of Anaesthesia or convenor of the event as evidence of having attendance. If you are selected by the College for the annual audit process a letter from the Head of the Anaesthetic Department, certifying completion of at least 20 hours of internal points activity was achieved during the relevant period of time, is required.

Personal Learning

Requirements: 5 credits per year (minimum) Credits can be claimed for time spent reading academic journals or relevant reading and study logged with a brief note of the topic and learning outcomes. It is not necessary to apply to the CAI for approval of Personal Learning Activities.

Research or Teaching

Desirable: 2 credits These credits are awarded for postgraduate teaching, postgraduate examining, research, analysis of learning needs and planning development can generate credits. It is not necessary to apply to CAI for approval of research or teaching activities. Supporting documentation, if requested, for this activity could comprise of; tutorial or lecture schedules, medical school curricula, publications, meeting programmes, workshop programmes.

Record PCS Activities

Member’s Login  Please see belows downloads for events that have been accredited to date for CPD by the College for 2017/2018

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