Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for DTAA-recognised members (Professional and Provisional Professional levels)

These requirements are effective from the renewal year commencing 1/7/2017.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which practitioners broaden and deepen their knowledge, skills and awareness, to develop the personal and professional qualities necessary for the effective practice of dance movement therapy. Members are required to comply with CPD requirements and reporting to ensure that they meet their obligations as professionals recognised by the Association, and abiding by Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice.

DTAA’s CPD requirements support the obligation of DTAA-recognised members (Professional and Provisional Professional Members) to maintain currency of practice in the dance movement therapy field. All members at those levels are expected to adhere to these requirements, regardless of the percentage of their professional practice devoted to DMT.  This helps to ensure agencies and clients of a minimum standard of service from DTAA-recognised members.

Annual CPD requirement – 20 hours

There are two categories from which the annual 20 hours of CPD required for renewal may be accrued:

Category A: Minimum annual requirement – 15 hours. The whole of the annual requirement of 20 CPD hours may be accrued from Category A only.

Category B: Maximum claimable annual allowance – 5 hours


A minimum requirement of 15 hours per year, accumulated by:

  • Imparting knowledge relating to dance movement therapy through formal presentations, teaching, research and publications.
  • Contributing to DTAA activities – sub-committees, publications, etc.
  • Attendance at person-to-person courses, workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Participation in online facilitated learning. Online facilitated learning takes place in an online learning environment. The presence and contribution of an online facilitator is required, providing synchronous* or asynchronous* interaction between the facilitator and the participants. This involves interactive learning where participants carry out a number of learning activities rather than passively listening to a lecture or presentation. Examples of online facilitated learning are online courses that include facilitated online discussions or forums, and may also include assessment components.

*Synchronous interaction takes place during the online training

*Asynchronous interaction takes place at another time, for example via an online forum, or email


A maximum claimable annual allowance of 5 hours per year, accumulated by:

  • Personal dance practice: participation in dance movement activities that reinforce therapeutic skills
  • Participation in peer learning groups
  • Participation in online non-facilitated learning.
  • Reading and taking notes on dance movement therapy journals and books (to be logged in a reflective journal).

Peer learning groups are groups of peers who meet to discuss and explore dance movement therapy related topics or resources, without a formal facilitator.

Online non-facilitated learning takes place in an online learning environment without synchronous or asynchronous interaction with an online facilitator. For example, recorded webinars or webinars that are not substantially interactive in nature.

A reflective journal is a written record, using the DTAA pro forma (attached below), that reflects on the learning activity undertaken and how it relates to and enhances professional practice.

The 20 hours of CPD must be accrued between 1 July and 30 June in the previous 12 months. The CPD requirements for a registration period of less than 12 months can be taken pro rata in the first year of membership or registration. Pro rata CPD will be calculated on a monthly basis, for example, for 6 months of registration, the requirements will be halved to 10 hours.

Logging CPD and Providing CPD Evidence

Members are responsible for documenting their completed CPD annually.  The Activity Reporting and Reflective Journal information  should be completed as soon as the activity is undertaken, with the summary to be completed at the end of the financial year.

Evidence should be provided of CPD activities wherever possible. Acceptable CPD evidence includes: certificates of attendance, receipts which show the course name, the course duration and the attendee, screen shot photos of on-line participation, or other documentary proof which verifies the course name, course duration and the attendee.

Members should maintain records of their CPD. When upload functionality is available on the DTAA website, members will be advised and required to upload evidence of their CPD.

CPD Annual Requirements Policy 

CPD Annual Reporting Form

Auditing of CPD Evidence

To provide surety to the public and employers that our members are undertaking and documenting their CPD, in line with best practice for health professions, DTAA will audit CPD evidence at regular intervals. This will occur over a three year cycle, so members can expect to be audited once every three year period. Members selected for audit will be notified in writing well before the end of financial year.

Member providing adequate reporting and documentation of CPD, upon payment of annual membership subscription, will be issued with a Certificate of Currency for membership and CPD requirements.

If the required CPD has not been logged or the evidence provided to DTAA is incomplete or insufficient, members will be required to submit further documentation. Members who do not meet audit requirements may have their DTAA registration suspended.

Content for CPD Activities

CPD activities must be directly relevant to the member’s professional practice in dance movement therapy and/or the research evidence base for dance movement therapy. This should expand the practitioner’s extend current skills or introduce new skills and knowledge in dance movement therapy or other topics related to the person’s area of practice. In addition to CPD activities provided by the DTAA, this may also include activities offered by PACFA, other creative arts therapy organisations, other professional organisations or government. This should also include regular classes in dance, movement or other embodied practices.

Other topics that dance movement therapists may need to develop their capacity in, but are not considered suitable CPD for DTAA requirements are:

  • legal requirements relating to record keeping and case notes
  • legal requirements relating to working with children or other specialist populations
  • learning required for the work environment that is not specifically related to dance movement therapy knowledge and competencies.

Guidelines for CPD Presenters

This guideline aims to ensure that CPD activities are led by suitably qualified and experienced practitioners, and that CPD undertaken by members is of sufficiently high quality to make a contribution to their development as practitioners.

DTAA-recognised CPD activities should be presented by those who are:

  • Professional Members of DTAA; or
  • recognised members of PACFA or a PACFA Member Association, other DMT or creative arts therapy professional associations; or
  • recognised by the DMT profession as having advanced expertise in the topic being addressed. In this instance, members should provide a brief justification for why a particular leader is skilled in the topic that they are claiming as CPD.

*DTAA acknowledges PACFA’s Continuing Professional Development Policy for the basis for these requirements.