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BTPA CPD Requirements

This section applies to Full Members (or those wishing to become Full Members).

 

Full Members Renewing Membership

There is a repeating 4 year cycle which will commence on your renewal date.

4 year cycle commencing on your renewal date

During this 4 year period you will need to accrue

a minimum of 20 hours of ANY training - this can include 'other' or BTPA accepted 'hands-on' (Bowen) training.

PLUS

a minimum of 14 hours of BTPA accepted 'hands-on' (Bowen) training.

(Therefore, by the end of the 4 year cycle you should have evidence of 34 hours of training, a minimum of which must be 14 hours BTPA accepted 'hands-on' Bowen training.)

Evidence will be requested from you at the end of Year 4.

4 year cycle then repeats

The 4 year cycle repeats exactly as above.

Note that no points are carried forward from Year 4 of the preceding cycle.

  • Members are NOT required to send evidence to the office until Year 4, when we will ask to see certificates and other evidence.
  • In the intervening years (being years 1, 2, and 3) the Membership Secretary will do a SPOT CHECK on 5% of members to ask for evidence.
  • No CPD hours are carried forward from the end of Year 4 to the new 4 year cycle.
 

Newly Qualified Therapists Joining as a Full Member

This applies to you if you qualified within the last 12 months: Initially, on joining, you do not need to have completed any additional CPD training, but for the first 3 years after gaining a Bowen Therapy qualification, you must complete at least 14 hours BTPA accepted hands-on Bowen training per year. The 4-year CPD cycle (see above) commences 3 years after joining BTPA.

Other Therapists Joining as a Full Member

  • Qualified between 1–2 years ago? We need to see evidence of 14 hours BTPA accepted 'hands-on' Bowen CPD training undertaken in the last 12 months in order to join BTPA. For the first 2 years of BTPA membership, you will need to complete 14 hours BTPA accepted ‘hands-on’ Bowen CPD training per year. The 4-year CPD cycle (see above) commences 2 years after you join BTPA.
  • Qualified between 2–3 years ago? We need to see evidence of 14 hours BTPA accepted 'hands-on' Bowen CPD training undertaken in the last 12 months in order to join BTPA. For the first year of BTPA membership, you will need to complete 14 hours BTPA accepted 'hands-on' Bowen CPD training over that year. Your 4 year CPD cycle (see above) commences 1 year after joining BTPA.
  • Qualified over 3 years ago? We need to see evidence of 14 hours BTPA accepted 'hands-on' Bowen CPD training undertaken in the last 12 months in order to join BTPA. Your 4 year CPD cycle (see above) commences on the date you join BTPA.

Full Members Leaving and Rejoining

This rule applies to:

  • Full Members who leave BTPA or downgrade to Associate Member but then rejoin at a later date.
  • Full Members who are removed from membership for non-renewal and then renew at a later date.

If rejoining BTPA within a 4-year CPD cycle, the intervening period between leaving and re-joining will be incorporated into the CPD cycle. Evidence of relevant CPD will be required as per the 4-year CPD cycle above.

If rejoining BTPA after a 4-year CPD cycle has completed, the previous 4 years will count as the 4-year CPD cycle and evidence of relevant CPD will be required as per the 4-year CPD cycle above.


What constitutes BTPA accepted 'hands-on' CPD/training?

BTPA accepted 'hands-on' Bowen training is listed on the BTPA website. These are workshops and courses where the training school or trainer has submitted their courses to us for approval, and they have been checked by our independent assessors to ensure they meet BTPA standards and National Occupational Standards or an equal standard. This ensures that practitioners can rely on the standard of teaching.

What constitutes 'Other' CPD training

'Other' CPD comprises training that related to running your practice or enhancing your knowledge but is not necessarily Bowen specific.

Description Maximum number of hours claimable over 4 year CPD cycle
Attendance at seminars, workshops and lectures that enhance your knowledge or skills relating to your therapy practice. This might be certified training such as Counselling, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, First Aid, Health & Safety training, Ergonomics, Anatomy & Physiology, or another Soft Tissue or Manual Therapy. 20 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Attendance at Bowen specific conferences or meetings which are dedicated to learning more about Bowen. 6 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Personal study such as a formal programme which is taught or online. You will need to be able to explain what you have learned and how you will put it into practice. 6 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Hands-on Practical Revision with other Bowen therapists. You will need to keep a record of who was present and what practical revision was involved. You may be asked to explain how the hands-on revision has benefitted your clinical practice. 3 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Reading articles in journals, books or online which provide learning that you can put into practice. 6 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Research, where you are participating in a piece of research which enhances your understanding of Bowen, including Bowen organised studies. 6 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Writing articles about Bowen which are published. Providing articles for 'In Touch' or the BTPA newsletter. 6 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Client satisfaction surveys or evaluations which you carry out about your work. This can include collecting testimonials from your clients. 3 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Giving or receiving supervision which supports your learning and development. Can be individual or in a group such as a RIG. 3 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Giving or receiving mentoring which supports your professional development such as a study buddy, sharing Bowen sessions as a learning experience, meeting with other Bowen therapists to share best practice, RIG meetings./td> 3 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Work shadowing - where you work alongside another therapist to enhance knowledge and skills. 3 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)
Involvement in professional association activity including committee work. Attendance at BTPA general meetings, non-Bowen conferences, giving Bowen taster sessions, demonstrations, manning the stand at events or exhibitions. 6 hours max. (over 4 year CPD cycle)

If you have any queries about CPD please contact the office.