Free online CPD opportunities

Free online CPD courses


What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential to good professional practice, showing the public, service users and employees that members are committed to upholding high standards. FHT Members and Fellows are committed to CPD*, completing a minimum of 10 points each year, and this can be done in a variety of ways.

Each year, a random selection of members is asked to submit their CPD evidence for review. Make sure to keep a record of your CPD evidence in case you are selected. It is your responsibility to set up your own CPD portfolio, in a format that suits, but FHT recommends that you record the following:

  • Date of the activity;
  • Type of activity e.g. professional activity, work based learning, etc;
  • Therapy(s) practised that this activity relates to;
  • Brief description of the activity and how this has benefitted your practise;
  • Total time to complete activity; and
  • Number of points allocated.

How to get free CPD

Two of the most convenient ways to achieve CPD points come right to your door, four times a year. The CPD questions and Spiral Quiz in each issue of International Therapist magazine are good places to start. The Spiral Quizzes can net up to a maximum of four points a year, and each CPD question will gain you two CPD points.

If you are based in England, you can also earn free CPD points from vision2learn, and across the UK from HMRC. vision2learn offers FREE online courses in association with further education colleges. These include level 2 certificates in Nutrition and Health, Working in the Health Sector, Diabetes Care, End of Life Care, in addition to essential business skills such as Customer Service – all of which will award ten CPD points – your total for the year!

HMRC offers FREE e-learning for self-employed members on tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses, worth 2 CPD points. 

There are a number of other ‘free’ CPD activities that you can complete on your own. Maybe you are a therapy teacher or write articles for publication. As long as this is related to your therapy work, these activities can count towards CPD. You could also develop a business plan or update your marketing.

Reflective practice about an article or element of therapy practise is another free way to earn CPD.  Reflective practice is the term given for something that many of us do every day without even realising it! By recording what and how you have learnt from your experience, step-by-step, you can earn five CPD points. It’s similar to keeping a private diary and requires you to be completely honest with yourself. You can use it to record a positive experience or a difficult one.

There are many journals, including our own, that update you on therapies, best practice, research and other CPD articles. You can count this work for CPD, but it is a requirement that you reflect on the article in writing (min 300 words). In every issue of our journal we publish an aid to this reflective work based on the articles published.

Other CPD sources

Local Support Groups

The FHT local support group meetings, as well as any other professional support group meeting, can enhance your therapy knowledge. While not free, local support groups do offer discounts for FHT members, and meeting dues are typically less than the price of a cup of coffee. For information on the FHT local support groups

FHT Hosted Courses

We’re committed to supporting every member with CPD, whatever your field.  We offer a range of training courses that have been vetted and approved by the FHT, so you can be sure they meet the highest standards.

FHT Training Congress

You cannot earn points by simply attending the exhibition, but you can earn one CPD point per hour for attending any seminars or workshops offered at exhibitions as long as they relate to the therapies you practise.

For more information and CPD points allocation, visit

*FHT Students, Affiliates and Associates are not required to complete CPD.

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23 thoughts on “Free online CPD opportunities

  1. l have been unable to work for 3 months due to a fractured foot and was wondering am l able to get a reduction in my annual fee to yourselves due to me not been able to work as a therapist for this time. I am self employed.


  2. Hi, I have just started a Level 2 certificates in Nutrition and Health with vision2learn, does it counts in my annual CPD?


          • Please could you clarify? You say all of the free online courses currently listed on the Vision2Learn website count toward annual CPD but you also say that the level 2 Nutrition & Health course is not recognised. As the level 2 Nutrition & Health course is one of those currently listed on the website, it would be really helpful if you could specify which are recognised and which are not.

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            • Thank you for your message, Sara. All of the Level 2 certificates available on the vision2learn website provide a valuable insight/ introduction to the subjects covered, and so are recognised by the FHT for CPD purposes. However, the FHT does not consider these as practitioner level courses, and therefore they would not be covered for membership and insurance purposes. We hope that answers your query. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss: 023 8062 4350.

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  3. The vision2learn website states that applicants must live in England. As I live in Scotland, does this mean I cannot enrol for these free courses?


  4. Hi, I work for the NHS and have to complete generic CPD courses, eg, CPR and choking, information governance, safeguarding adults, plus delivering or attending courses relevant to my work. Would these be accepted for CPD points for the FHT?


    • Hi Viv. Thank you for your comment. You can gain CPD for this training – 1 CPD point per hour spent on the training and you would need to keep written evidence of completion of the training (for example a certificate or email from the trainer/ or manager confirming that you successfully completed the workshop).


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