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Continuing professional development

Last Updated: 3 December 2020

Advisers must engage in 20 hours of relevant and acceptable continuing professional development (CPD) activities every year to assist them to maintain and develop their skills and knowledge as an immigration adviser.


Log continuing professional development (CPD)

You can enter and update your plan and record via the IAA online portal.

Log CPD online

Competency standards

Competency standard 7 of the Immigration Advisers Competency Standards sets out the following requirements for advisers in regard to CPD: 

  • 7.1 Advisers must maintain an acceptable continued professional development (CPD) plan and record for each 12 month licensing period. What must be included in an acceptable CPD plan and record is notified on the Immigration Advisers Authority’s website.
  • 7.2 Advisers must complete at least 20 hours of acceptable professional development activities, including any mandatory activities, during each 12 month licensing period. Acceptable and mandatory professional development activities are those notified on the Immigration Advisers Authority’s website.
  • 7.3 Advisers must retain, and produce upon request, their CPD plan and record for each licensing period that commenced after 26 November 2015, up to a maximum of 3 years.

CPD requirements

The CPD requirements are set out in the Continuing Professional Development Toolkit (CPD Toolkit) in accordance with Competency Standard 7. Advisers must read the CPD Toolkit in order to understand the CPD requirements.

Below is a two-hour webinar from 2016 talking through the CPD Toolkit.

Continuing professional development toolkit

Acceptable and mandatory activities

The Authority requires advisers to undertake certain mandatory CPD activities. Acceptable and mandatory professional development activities are those set out in the CPD Toolkit.

Minimum hours and Mandatory activities

Upcoming and past webinars can be found here.