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Standards for continuing professional development

To remain registered with the GOsC osteopaths must keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date with a programme of continuing professional development (CPD).

A group of osteopaths at a CPD workshop

New CPD scheme

The new CPD scheme for osteopaths started rolling out from 1 October 2018. As each cohort of osteopaths renews their registration from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019, they will start on the new scheme. We are writing to all osteopaths individually to let you know when you will start on the new scheme.

Until they join the new scheme osteopaths will continue on the current CPD scheme (see below for current requirements).

Under the new scheme, osteopaths must do 90 hours of CPD in total (including at least 45 hours learning with others) over three years. The new scheme was developed in partnership with osteopaths, osteopathic organisations and patients, and has engagement, support and community at its heart. While the scheme builds on what osteopaths are already doing, there are new learning requirements that all osteopaths must incorporate into their CPD. Read more about these in the CPD Guidance and the Peer Discussion Review Guidance.

Visit the CPD website to find out all you need to know about the new scheme.

Current CPD requirements

Our current CPD scheme requires all osteopaths in the UK to complete at least 30 hours of CPD every year, of which 15 hours must involve learning with others. Many osteopaths work on their own, and group learning allows them to exchange information and expertise with other osteopaths.

CPD learning includes lectures, seminars, courses, practical sessions, individual study or other activities that can advance an osteopath’s professional development. There are also postgraduate courses for osteopaths in a range of subjects, including sports care and osteopathic treatment of children. Each osteopath is responsible for ensuring that the CPD they undertake is beneficial to their practice and relevant to their professional work as an osteopath.

Our Continuing professional development guidelines for osteopaths outline the GOsC CPD scheme and explain how osteopaths can meet the scheme's requirements.

We do not accredit courses or other CPD materials for osteopaths.