Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between a CPD Credit Bearing Module and a CPD Offering (No ECTS Credits Bearing)?

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. You can order your academic transcripts on our Academic Transcript Request form

An academic transcript lists your complete academic history: programmes attended, a breakdown of marks/grades achieved in each module, the degree awarded, overall grade, conferring date, and awards/scholarships, if applicable.

 

  • Credit Bearing CPD Modules (that are part of a programme)

 

Where a programme exists, the University preference is for a student to register on the programme once they have reached the 20 credit limit.

You may take up to 15 credits in any year, with a maximum of 20 credits as CPD.  Should you wish to continue studying after the 20 credits you may apply to do a full programme.  Should you proceed within the next five years to take a full programme in the area you studied you may be eligible for exemptions from the CPD modules you have taken. 

  •  Credit Bearing CPD Modules (that are not part of a programme i.e. that are standalone modules)

CPD modules are stand-alone credits and cannot lead to an award.  On completion of a CPD module a transcript is available outlining the modules taken. You can order your academic transcripts on our Academic Transcript Request form

An academic transcript lists your complete academic history: programmes attended, a breakdown of marks/grades achieved in each module, the degree awarded, overall grade, conferring date, and awards/scholarships, if applicable.

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:  cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie  

CPD Offerings / No ECTS Credits

CPD Offerings with no ECTS Credits 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 - cpd@ucc.ie.

For further information contact: cpd@ucc.ie 

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 (cpd@ucc.ie) 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 Credit Bearing Module or an CPD Non Credit Bearing Offering:

CPD Credit BearingModule:

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 cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

CPD Offering/ Non Credit Bearing Module

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 (cpd@ucc.ie).

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,  Email:  cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

 

If you have a query in relation to entry requirements for a CPD Non Credit Bearing Offering, please contact the Centre for CPD (cpd@ucc.ie).

I have a query about the Application Process?

For queries regarding the application process for CPD credit-bearing modules contact via e-mail cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

CPD Co-ordinator,

CPD Centre, 

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

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

 

If you have a query in relation to entry requirements for a non-credit bearing CPD Offering, please contact the Centre for CPD (cpd@ucc.ie).

Is there an Application Fee?

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

  1. Download and complete the application form on the web page of the module you wish to apply for.
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo)
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via e-mail to: cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

This application fee is additional to the module fee which is payable once you have been accepted and are registering online 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 or due to Covid 19 restrictions in place in the academic year 2020/21

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 e-mail.
  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 e-mail.
  4. Following your acceptance of your place on the module two registration e-mails 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 available by request posted out to the correspondence address you provided on your application. For collection of Student ID cards -  Please log on to: https://www.ucc.ie/en/registration/id-cards/ .   For any further queries on ID Cards you can email sreo@ucc.ie.

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 e-mail address you supply on your application form.  Please let us know if you change your email address.  Please ensure your e-mail address is correctly entered on your Application Form.  This is the address which will be used on all correspondece to you regarding your status of application.

Centre for Continuing Professional Development

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