Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between a CPD Module and an Offering?

CPD Modules

Continuing Professional Development Modules are stand-alone modules and can be undertaken after a primary degree or equivalent has been achieved, normally they are postgraduate level modules. The credits awarded for these CPD modules is called ECTS credits -  European Credit Transfer System Credits.  Full details on what a module means is outlined here. 

Recognition for completion of these modules is in the form of a transcript of results.  The CPD modules allow for flexibility in learning such that you can take one or more modules up to a maximum of 15 credits in any academic year.  Students can only take 20 credits worth of individual CPD modules in total.  If you wish to continue studying having taken 20 credits you will have to apply for the full programme.  In some cases a student may apply for exemptions if they subsequently register for a full programme within a certain timeframe of completion of the CPD module.  This time varies between 3 and 5 years depending on the content of the module and the full programme. 

A full online directory of the CPD Modules running in the current academic year are outlined here in the Prospectus.   The prospectus is the online A-Z of modules and their associated details.  

For further information contact: 

CPD Offerings

CPD offerings take place in UCC throughout the whole year, across all Colleges, Schools, Departments, Units and Centres. We have currently classified the CPD based on the College/School that offers it, but keep in mind that offerings outside of your professional area may also meet requirements for your CPD.

CPD Offerings can be used towards maintenance of CPD hours / CPD points in your chosen profession, and a UCC Certificate of Attendance/Completion will be issued to you.  A number of these offerings are accredited by professional bodies.  If you have any queries about whether a CPD offering is affiliated to or accredited by a professional body or whether the offering is suitable for your CPD portfolio, please contact the Centre for CPD -

What will my professional body recognise as CPD?

This is entirely down to the professional body that you are a member of and or affiliated with.  We would advise you that if you are at all uncertain as to whether or not a CPD Module/Offering will meet your CPD requirements, that you should contact the Centre for CPD ( for advice and next steps.

If a CPD Module/Offering has been reviewed by a professional body and is accredited to that organisation, then it will be advertised with those details.  

In some instances, CPD offerings can be relevant to numerous professions and UCC may only have accreditation from one or two professional bodies.  This should not exclude you from using the CPD in your portfolio for a your professional body.

Can I apply for CPD?

This is dependent on a number of factors depending on if you are applying for a CPD Module or an Offering:

CPD Module:

Entry requirements vary by CPD Module, they are specified in the entry requirements section outlined under each CPD Module.  

These requirements can take various forms including:

  • previous academic qualifications,
  • membership of a relevant professional body,
  • a certain level of professional experience,
  • access to technology, the internet etc.

If you know the module code for the CPD module that you are interested in, you can check entry requirements online here:  Browse CPD Options

If you have a query please contact the CPD Co-ordinator at

CPD Offering:

Entry requirements for CPD Offerings can be quite varied, but normally, it is the case that attendees must be qualified in their given profession, and if applicable, a member of a professional body.  Each CPD Offering will state the necessary entry requirements.  If there are no entry requirements listed on the CPD Offering, then it is usually the case that it is open for any level of professional to attend on payment of the registration fee.  If you have a query in relation to entry requirements for a CPD Offering, please contact the Centre for CPD (

I have a query about the module content?

For queries about a particular module you should contact the module coordinator or administrator noted in the Contact Details section for each module on the prospectus. 

I want to apply for a CPD module (credit-bearing)?

Application details are outined in the How To Apply section for each module by clicking here: Prospectus

For any queries please contact the:

CPD Co-Ordinator, Graduate Studies Office, Second Floor, West Wing, UCC. 

Tel:  (021) 4903224.  Email:


If you have a query in relation to entry requirements for a CPD Offering, please contact the Centre for CPD (

I have a query about the Application Process?

For queries regarding the application process for CPD credit-bearing modules contact via e-mail

CPD Co-ordinator,

CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

OR via email at


If you have a query in relation to entry requirements for a non-credit bearing CPD Offering, please contact the Centre for CPD (

Is there an Application Fee?

There is an application fee of €35 for Credit-Bearing CPD Modules. 

It is to be sent to the CPD Co-ordinator along with your application form.  It is payble by Cheque, Postal Order or Bank Draft, made payable to UCC.

This application fee is additional to the module fee which is payable once you have been accepted and are registering for the CPD module.  

One application fee of €35 covers all CPD applications in the current academic year, therefore, if you have already registered for a CPD module and wish to take a subsequent CPD module please contact the CPD Co-Ordinator to have subsequent application fees for that year waived.

Is the Application Fee refundable?

The application fee is non-refundable unless the module does not run due to insufficient numbers of applicants.

What happens after I apply?

  1. Once we receive your completed application the details are logged and it is then forwarded to the relevant module coordinator for consideration.
  2. Once a decision has been made you will receive a decision notification by email.
  3. If you have been offered a place you will have to confirm your acceptance of this place by the date outlined in the offer email.
  4. Following your acceptance of your place on the module a registration email will be sent to you with details of how to arrange for payment of the module.  You will need to complete this part of the registration process online.
  5. Once all of the required documentation has been submitted and payment has been made you will be fully registered.  A student card will be posted out to the correspondence address you provided on your application.

Note: If your fees are going to be paid by a third party you will need to submit a letter from the funder confirming that you are being funded, details on how to do this will be included in the registration email.

All correspondence is via the email address you supply on your application.  Please let us know if you change this.

Centre for Continuing Professional Development

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