You must keep a record of your own CPL. When you renew your registration, we will ask you to confirm you have completed the required amount of CPL and that you have kept a record of your learning.
We will choose a random sample of registrants for CPL endorsement. If we choose to sample your CPL, we may ask you to review your learning with your supervisor.
You can download a pdf version of the CPL guidance
Download and print the six steps of continuous professional learning poster
Read some frequently asked questions about CPL here.
There are different CPL requirements for newly qualified social workers (NSQW). Read more on the dedicated NQSWs CPL website.
Read more about the new CPL requirement in our news articles.
You can access the reports from the PRTL review we’ve carried out during 2018-19 below.
Summary report - Evaluation of post registration training and learning test sites
Survey report - Developing a new continuous learning requirement
When you register, we will tell you how much CPL you need to do during each registration period.
You can choose how to spread your learning across your registration period. The CPL hours you are required to do are the minimum and you may do a lot more. You can find out more about registration and the required CPL hours using the Help with Register parts, fees and qualifications tool.
If you are a social worker your CPL will also include specific hours of learning that relate to protecting children and adults from harm.
We are learning all the time in lots of different ways. We learn from formal training and qualifications and from short, informal conversations which help us think about the way we work and change the way we practice.
Below are some examples of what CPL can include.
You must keep a record of your learning. Your record should include:
It’s up to you how you record your learning. You can use a learning log, notes or a mixture of ways including diagrams, mind maps, video or audio.
The MyLearning app is a recording tool for CPL we’ve produced to help you. It provides a simple way to record your learning as you go along. Find out more and download it for free here
Make sure you record the dates and how much learning you have done. You can include any CPL hours from the first day until the last day of your registration period. One day equals six hours of CPL.
If your employer has a system to record training and learning, you can use this to record your CPL. If your employer’s system is only able to record training courses and not other types of learning (eg reading, shadowing) you will need to record all the learning you want to include as CPL in another way.
If you change employer, you must remember to keep a copy of your CPL record, so you are able to evidence your hours of learning when you renew your registration.
To help you review and reflect on your learning, we’d encourage you to complete the CPL Open Badge. You can find out more on the Open Badges website.
When it is time to renew your registration, we will ask you to confirm that you have:
We will also ask whether you have:
We will ask a small number of registered workers to have their CPL endorsed.
Since your last registration if you have:
we won’t ask for any more information, as this shows us that others have endorsed part of your learning.
If you have not done either of these, we will ask you to have a CPL review discussion with your supervisor or line manager before you renew your registration. We’ll provide guidance and three questions for you to consider, one about your learning journey and two about the SSSC Codes of Practice.
When you renew your registration, we will ask you to submit written responses to the two questions about the SSSC Codes of Practice and confirm the CPL review discussion has taken place. Your supervisor will be asked to confirm this.
The CPL review and endorsement will normally involve your supervisor, line manager or the person you report to at work who knows about the work you do. If you do not report to one person, for example if you lead a project which has a management committee or project board, you should ask the person who knows your work best.
Find out more about registering with the SSSC including what qualifications you need and how much it costs.
Discover our free learning resources and how our work can support your learning and development.
Read more about our fitness to practise process, registrant responsibilities and how to make a complaint about a worker.