Definition of

Continuing professional development (CPD) refers to the process by which members of the profession maintain and improve their knowledge and skills to remain qualified in their chosen profession for the benefit of themselves, their clients or patients, and the wider professions.

The CPD Program represents a commitment to continuous personal and professional development in order to provide high-quality care and promote professional integrity for the benefit of an individual, clients or patients, and the profession.


The aim of offering these CPD programs is to ensure that nursing assistants, nurses and midwives remain up-to-date with knowledge regarding changes in health patterns, professional education standards, practice, health sector reforms, and technological advances.


It is imperative that you have proof of CPD credit points required to renew an individual’s license each year. CPD points must be earned from at least three (3) different levels of activity.

All registered nursing assistants, nurses, and midwives are required to have a minimum CPD credit score as follows:

No. category CPD Score Required CPD Score Online Practical Training
1 Nurse Aides: CHN, EN, NAC & NAP Fifteen (15) 7 8
2 Working nurses / working midwives
Senior nurses / midwives
Twenty (20) 10 10
3 Nursing / midwifery officers
Senior Nursing / Midwifery Officers
Health gurus
Senior health teachers
Twenty Five (25) 12 13
4 Associate lecturers and above
Premier Health Advisors and above
Principal Nursing / Midwifery Officers and above
Specialist Nurse / Midwife and above
Thirty (30) 15th 15th


It is the responsibility of a nurse’s aide, nurse, or midwife to identify, select, and attend relevant continuing professional development activities that will help them achieve their personal and professional educational goals. Selected CPD activities must be relevant to the current or future practice of a nurse assistant, nurse, or midwife.

Any CPD program not listed in this document must be referred to the board for approval.


It is the responsibility of a nurse’s aide, nurse, or midwife to maintain a continuous, up-to-date, and accurate record of their CPD programs. This will be verified by the Board prior to acceptance as a basis for renewing the license.

Each CPD program registry must be consistent with current documentation / verification methods.

All CPD programs must be verified by the employer, principal, teacher nurse, or designee and include his name, designation, and signature. If there is no designated person who can verify the CPD, a means of verification must be provided.

When performing a formal CPD program, a certified copy of the certification must be presented.


Compliance will be enforced in accordance with Part III of the 2013 Law (Law 857).


It is illegal to play sports without a valid license. Article 73 (d) of the 2013 Law (Law 857) applies as a penalty for practicing without a valid license.

The appeal

A nurse assistant, nurse, or midwife, whose license has not been renewed for lack of the required CPD points, may appeal against the decision in accordance with the provisions of the Council’s regulations.

The exemption

Nurse aides, nurses, or midwives who take extended leave of more than six months may apply in writing to be exempt from the continuing professional development requirement.

CPD Score Certified Activities

1 point

  1. Participate in in-service sessions or skills development programs for a period of no less than three (3) hours
  2. Participate in a magazine club meeting
  3. Participate in memorials or special events related to the role of work (1 point for each event)
  4. Work with a mentor to improve practice.
  5. Active membership in professional body (s) (for example, attending meetings, contributing to them and adding value as a member) Note: Proof of active membership must be presented in the form of a letter of certification.
  6. Participate in a conference, pavilion, teaching staff, or academic meetings.
  7. Reading professional journals and books and making a summary of lessons learned and how they will be applied to practice which is verified by the supervisor (1 point for each essay)

2 points

  1. Keep a monitored exercise diary or a reflective diary.
  2. Participate in research / clinical research as a member of the team
  3. Participate in project work as a team member (2 points for each project).
  4. Facilitate a League Club meeting (2 points per meeting)
  5. Participation in professional or scientific conferences, lectures or workshops, seminars or professional meetings outside the workplace (two points for each attendance)
  6. Participate in disciplinary hearings (2 points per session).
  7. Fully participate in all official ward meetings throughout the year.
  8. Keep a track of reviewing activities.

3 points

  1. Presentation at conferences, department conferences, department meetings during service, lectures, seminars, workshops, health talks including outpatient, school, church / mosque, or professional meetings (3 points for each presentation).
  2. Work as a teacher, teacher, trainer, supervisor, staff, or students in clinical settings. (A period of at least one month).
  3. Actively participate in clinical audits, case reviews, focus group discussions, community disease surveillance, or critical incident monitoring and evaluation (3 points per meeting).
  4. Active participation in workplace committees, for example accreditation, clinical audit, quality improvement / assurance, infection prevention and control, or occupational health, safety and wellness committees. (3 points for each committee).
  5. Participate in short courses, and complete a module-based semester, remotely or online with a minimum of 3 hours of active learning each week (3 points per week).
  6. Advising colleagues / students
  7. Participate in health screening / medical awareness programs. (3 points for each program).
  8. Department Nurse / Midwife Award per month based on exceptional presentation of knowledge, skills and clinical situations.
  9. Participate in an effective referral system in the CHPS campus / health facilities with evidence of documentation (minimum 3 referrals)
  10. Provide psychological and social interventions, such as psychotherapy, recreational therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy
  11. Use Partograph throughout in observing work
  12. The use of the nursing process in all stages of patient care

4 points

  1. Attend short, remote or online classes with a minimum of 15 hours of active learning each week. (4 points per week)
  2. Investigating disciplinary cases or being an expert witness. (4 points for each case)
  3. Be an internal / external or resident examiner. (4 points per week).
  4. Plan, operate or facilitate an in-service seminar, workshop, on-the-job training, professional lecture or meeting. (4 points for each event)
  5. Organizing or coordinating special celebrations or events related to the work role. (4 points for each event)
  6. Managing a project or a special task in addition to the regular tasks. (4 points for each project)
  7. Active membership in the professional body as a member of the executive committees
  8. Chairing clinical standards development or review meetings. (4 points for each document)
  9. Managing a project or a special task in addition to the regular tasks. (4 points for each project)
  10. Coordinator for the orientation, counseling, training or supervision program for staff or students in addition to regular duties. (4 points for each program)
  11. Participate in an investigation committee. (4 points for each case).

5 points

  1. College of Clinical Practice. (5 points for each session)
  2. Participate in research / clinical research as a member of the team
  3. Planning, administration or facilitation of an international conference. (5 points for each conference).
  4. Plan, operate or facilitate a short course – on a semester, remote or online basis (5 points per program).
  5. Participation in community services (such as a community survey) or volunteer work related to the practice.
  6. Take a leadership role in developing policies, protocols or guidelines. (5 points for each session)
  7. Supervising the study of patient and family care and project work. (5 points for each test session)
  8. Work as an expert on radio or television discussion programs on health issues.

10 points

  1. Published educational materials, article. (10 points for each article and article).
  2. Review clinical standards / protocol practices for publication. (10 points per post).
  3. Annual Facility Nurse / Midwife Award based on exceptional presentation of knowledge, skills and clinical behavior.
  4. Presentation at International Conferences and Ward conferences. (10 points for each conference).
  5. Conducting the evaluation for promotion at the university level.
  6. Review educational materials, articles, and books. (10 points for each article / book).
  7. Conducting research or project work as a lead investigator or supervisor.
  8. Be an internal or external examiner for masters or doctoral thesis.
  9. Identify a health problem in a specialized area of ​​practice and develop strategies to reduce it.
  10. Identifying a prevalent / potential health problem in the community and developing a strategy to reduce it.
  11. Identify the prevailing / potential mental health issues in the community and develop strategies to reduce them.
  12. Organizing a health examination / medical education program. (10 points for each program).

20 points

  1. Published press article, book chapter. Published book.
  2. An educational program that leads to a qualification (such as a diploma or degree). A completed educational program with a qualification (such as a diploma or degree)
  3. Innovation in Nursing / Midwifery Care

Source: Nursing and Midwifery Council, Ghana

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