Frequently asked questions
As a nurse or midwife, it's your responsibility to maintain and develop your professional skills and knowledge to remain professionally competent.
Maintaining minimum continuing professional development (CPD) hours is also an annual requirement for your Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registration.
One of the benefits of being an ANMF (Vic Branch) member is access to online CPD modules through our Education Centre.
These modules are flexible and can be completed in your own time on any device with an internet connection.
Using the education portal
1. Do I have to pay for the online CPD courses?
All fully financial ANMF (Vic Branch) members receive an annual credit for online CPD modules (renewed every 3 June ):
- full time and part time members $400
- members on primary carer's leave $120
- student and associate members $80
Credit does not count towards facilitated seminars and webinars which are delivered live on specific dates and times.
If you are not a member, or you are a member who has used up your credit and would like to do more, then you are required to pay the amount listed for the module through the secure payment system on the website. We do not support part payments with credit.
2. Can I access these modules if I'm not an ANMF (Vic Branch) member?
Yes - although you'll need to pay for the modules or join ANMF (Vic Branch) to receive member credit.
3. Why can't I use credit to apply for other Education Centre courses?
You can only apply your annual online CPD credit for online modules, not seminars and webinars which are delivered live on specific dates and times and facilitated by our professional presenters.
4. Where can I go for technical support?
Email the Education Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 9275 9363 between 8.45am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
5. Why can't I see my CPD records or modules I've purchased in My ePortfolio?
Some members who've experienced this issue have found that they completed modules on the ANMF Federal Continuing Professional Education (CPE) website which closed on 1 November 2022. All past and current users were emailed reminding them to download their CPD record beforehand. For assistance, email ANMF Federal education via email@example.com.
On 29 November 2022, ANMF (Vic Branch) launched this new education portal. Your old CPD Portal ePortfolio record was transferred over, but not certificates.
Professional CPD obligations
1. What are my CPD requirements?
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) sets out your CPD requirements in the registration standard.
CPD must be relevant to your context of practice and you must keep written documentation which demonstrates evidence of completion of your minimum CPD hours per year:
- Registered or enrolled nurses: 20 hours
- Registered midwives: 20 hours
- Dual registration: 40 hours (20 hours nursing/20 hours midwifery though some activities may be applicable to both nursing and midwifery and can be counted as such)
- Registered nurses and midwives with scheduled medicines endorsements (i.e. RIPEN nurses): 30 hours (10 hours of which associated with their endorsement)
- Nurse practitioners: 30 hours (10 hours of which associated with their endorsement)
- Eligible midwives endorsed under the National Law: 30 hours (10 hours of which associated with their endorsement)
Download the NMBA Fact sheet: Continuing professional development for the full list.
2. How do I know which modules meet NMBA requirements?
The NMBA CPD registration standard states 'CPD must be directly relevant to the nurse or midwife's context of practice'.
If the module you're completing is not deemed to be directly relevant to the context of your practice you can still elect to do this module, however you may not be able to claim it as contributing towards your CPD hours for registration renewal.
However, there may be components of the module you can claim as directly relevant to your professional employment. You may also be able to claim modules as CPD as part of your progress towards developing your career in another area of nursing/midwifery or health.
3. How long do I keep my CPD records?
You must keep your CPD records for three years. The ANMF Professional Portfolio will assist you to store and maintain your records.
4. I am not registered with the NMBA. What are the benefits of doing CPD?
Assistants in nursing or personal care workers are not registered with the NMBA and are exempt from completing CPD.
However, expanding your knowledge and skills will only help you provide the best care to residents or clients. Completing CPD can also further your career as you may decide what areas of health you'd like to work or study in the future.
5. I am in a clinical leadership position. How can I organise group courses for employees?
Group discounts and login registration are available from ANMF Education Centre. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.