SPDP Frequently asked questions
The course is 100% online via RACP Online Learning.
There are no set time slots to login and join the course. The course materials will be released at the start of each week (you will receive an email notification each Monday) and you can access the material at a time that is convenient to you.
All requirements must be completed within the 5 weeks of the course. If the requirements are not met, or finished in time, this SPDP course will be noted as ‘not yet attended’ on your record. You will need to participate in this SPDP course, in its entirety, again at a later date for it to be noted as ‘completed’.
For minimum requirements, refer to FAQ below 'Will I receive a certificate upon completion?'
To meet the minimum requirements for the SPDP online course, access the content and complete the 2 steps below:
- Participate in at least 80% of the discussion forums by posting your reply.
- Complete the practice activity(s) with a colleague and post your reflection.
If you have met the above criteria, your certificate will be emailed to you within four weeks of completing the course. Or, if you have posted in 100% of the discussion forums, you will be able to automatically generate your certificate online.
Please note: if you do not complete the requirements, this SPDP course will be noted as ‘not yet attended’ on your record. You will need to participate in this SPDP course, in its entirety, again at a later date for it to be noted as ‘completed’.
Online participation can be counted towards your MyCPD program under "Category 2". If you successfully meet the minimum requirements of the course, your MyCPD record will be updated automatically once the course has closed based on the average amount of a time a participant spends on the course. It is recommended you keep a log of your hours, as you can manually amend the MyCPD entry once it has been logged if the time you have spent differs from this average.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may still claim the time you did spend on the course, but you will need to update your MyCPD record yourself.
You can join the discussions at any time, but we recommend that you participate in the current weeks' discussions to get the most out of the course. We urge everyone to get involved and add to the discussion, as the more opinions and thoughts that are shared, the greater the learning is for everyone.
The course has been designed so that typically participants will log into the course area for short periods of time (15-20mins) a day, to gradually watch the videos and complete the weekly activities.
Each week varies, but the overall recommended weekly commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per week, depending on how involved you decide to get in the forum discussions.
Yes – the course is compatible with PC, Mac, iPad and smartphone devices.
Like you, the facilitator logs in several times throughout the week to read your discussion forums and to comment where they see fit. If you would like to ask the facilitator a specific question, you can do so by sending them a direct message. Or post your question in the discussion forum so others can also benefit from the answer.
Moderators work to ensure that participants have a seamless journey through the program and to deal with any technical difficulties that may arise.
Past participants have noted the online course to be a good refresher to the face-to-face workshop. The online course provides you the opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the topics covered and to gain additional insights from your peers in the discussion forums. However, it is worth noting that there will be quite a lot of content overlap.