Recertification requirements 2020

MCNZ proposed an 11-month waiver to the recertification requirements during the Covid19 pandemic. The Professional Standards Committee approved an extension in line with the MCNZ recommendation. This waiver was to ensure clinicians did not have to focus on CPD during a global pandemic when activities and availability of courses would be reduced.

What does this mean in practice?

When we ‘roll over’ your CPD record in ePortfolio (which occurs at the same time as your APC renewal), anything not shown as completed will be carried forward to the next year.  We will not add new targets. In effect, this means that you have two years to complete one year’s worth of recertification activities.

If your triennium ends between now and 28 February 2021, anything not shown as completed will be added to your new triennium.  If you are significantly behind in completing recertification activities (ie items are more than one year overdue), we will email you and ask you to attend to them.  You should complete them within the next few months if possible.

When you apply for your APC, you may check the box that states you are participating in an approved recertification process.

Registrars should note that you must complete 400 hours per year in approved urgent care clinical practice to count as a ‘training year’, and you must continue with supervision requirements.  Hours worked in urgent care will count towards Fellowship.

Thus in the current triennium, the requirements are:

  • PDP update
  • Fellows’ clinical hours –  400 (registrars – see above text)
  • CME – 40
  • Peer review –  20 (10 per year less the current year, but we do advise continuing where possible with peer group activities)
  • Resus refresher – 2 (current year waiver)
  • Clinical audits – 2 (current year waiver)

Overdue items from previous years or triennia are carried forward into the current period.

What do we recommend?

We recommend that you continue to complete CPD if possible, as part of your personal professional development. In particular, we recommend maintaining peer review meetings and sharing your challenges and learnings. Video conferencing is an acceptable means of completing peer interactions.

Recertification 2021

We hope to have the revised recertification programme in place before June 2021. If you have met your Portfolio targets prior to the ePortfolio roll-over, we hope to move you across to the revised programme. We will pro-rate those within their triennium.  Those who are significantly behind will not move across to the revised programme until activities have been completed.



All registrars and Fellows are required to complete ongoing recertification activities.

Background MCNZ requirements

The MCNZ requires 50 hours per annum of continuing professional development activities. RNZCUC’s CPD programme is a points-based system based on MCNZ guidelines. There are five compulsory CPD activities, of which three are points based, where one point is given per hour, to prescribed maxima.

1. Professional development plan (‘PDP’)
2. Annual resuscitation course
3. Continuing medical education (points)
4. Audit (points)
5. Peer review (points).
A minimum of 120 hours per cycle is required from the points-based activities above. Combined with the resuscitation and professional development plan requirements, this exceeds MCNZ’s CPD requirement of 50 hours per annum.


The RNZCUC recertification programe (for registrars and Fellows) covers a three-year cycle of activities.

  • Clinical hours in urgent care. Fellows should complete 600 hours in urgent care over the triennium.  Registrars should complete 400 hours in urgent care (as described in the Fellowship Regulations) per annum.
  • Maintain a Professional Development Plan (PDP).  This is updated with goals for the next year/few years, how you intend to achieve that goal, the outcome of that action, and any reflection on having completed that goal.
  • Complete Continuing Medical Education (CME) You should gain CME 60 points over a triennium, which averages out to 20 points per annum.  One point equates to one hour of activity, but note that RNZCUC awards points for workshops and conferences up to a maximum of 6 points per day.
  • Peer review.  You should gain a minimum of 10 points per year, and over a triennium a minimum of 30 points.  Peer review groups will be discussing cases applicable to urgent care. One hour of peer review equates to one point.
  • Resuscitation.  Fellows and registrars complete a resuscitation course annually.  Registrars are to complete a full ACLS in their first year of the training programme (unless granted CPLE).  RNZCUC recommends completing resuscitation courses most appropriate to your clinical practice.  The minimum requirement for ongoing resuscitation is an annual refresher, though RNZCUC recommends a full resuscitation course every three years.
  • Clinical Audits. One clinical audit is required annually.  The RNZCUC pattern for clinical audits is:
    • Clinical Notes Audit (CNA).  Registrars are to complete one within three months of commencing the training programme. Thereafter, Fellows and registrars are to complete a CNA every three years (unless granted dispensation).
    • Patient Satisfaction Survey (PSS).  Registrars are to complete one within twelve months of commencing the training programme. Fellows and registrars are to complete a PSS every three years.
    • RNZCUC-approved optional audit. One every three years. There are several pre-approved ‘optional’ audits.  Doctors may also request that alternatives be approved as their ‘optional’ audit.

CPD is recorded on ePortfolio.  Doctors are reminded to load supporting documentation to support their record of professional activities.