ePortfolio for Professional Competence

  • Log in to www.rcpi.ie and click on the button entitled New ePortfolio
  • If you are using your own personal device select ‘Trust device’
  • Review your Dashboard and check all details
  • Use the Create button to start recording

All courses and events booked through our course booking website will be automatically uploaded to your ePortfolio with the correct CPD credits. This will be done within two weeks of attendance.

This means that from July 2019, you no longer need to upload a certificate to your ePortfolio as proof of attendance at an RCPI course or event.  We will notify you every time your activities are added

We are working towards automatic recording of all RCPI activities, not just attendance at courses/events, and we will keep you updated on progress in this area.


To record your plan:

  • Click “Create a new event”
  • Choose “Add a Personal Development Plan”
    • “Date Occurred on” is the start date for your plan
    • “End Date” is the end date for your plan
  • Pick the Professional Competence Year you are planning for
  • Use the form fields to create a plan that suits your needs
  • Don’t forget to complete our learning needs survey
  • Click "Submit"

To claim your CPD Credit:

  • Click “Create a new event”
  • Choose “CPD”
    • “Date Occurred on” is the start date for your CPD claim
    • “End Date” is the end date for your CPD claim
  • In the "CPD Categories" list, pick "Internal (Practice Evaluation and Development)"
  • In the "Location" field, enter "Personal Development Plan"
  • Add 5 Internal CPD Credits
  • Choose the Domain that best suits you
  • Click "Submit"

CPD credit for External, Internal and Personal Learning activities is calculated as 1 learning hour = 1 CPD credit.   

You should claim credit for the number of hours you spent engaged in the activity. It is acceptable to round the number of credits up to a whole number where the duration of the activity is half an hour or more.

Research or Teaching: Desirable: 2 credits per year
Postgraduate teaching, postgraduate examining, research, analysis of learning needs and planning professional development can also generate credits. It is not necessary to apply to a training body for approval of research or teaching activities.
5 CPD credits can be claimed in this category for the first time only preparation and delivery of a lecture, poster, presentation etc. In particular instances, teaching and assessment of undergraduate students may have value in terms of professional development and credits can be assigned to such activities where learning and impact on practice can be demonstrated by entering some reflection on the learning you gained through engaging in this activity.


The total number of credits and number of audits you record will be counted on your Annual Statement participation based on the "Date Occured On" and "End Date" that you enter in your ePortfolio forms. If you have an absence from practice that is eligible for an annual statement annotation, this will also be affected by the start and end dates of your absence.

For this reason, we recommend that you always check the dates before you click the "Submit" button.

Read:  How to enter dates correctly


We all make mistakes sometimes.  If you notice that you have entered a claim twice, you will also realise that this will make the totals in your Progress incorrect.

If you notice any duplicate records that you would like to have removed, simply send an email to professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie with the title and date of the item you would like us to delete for you.

Go to ePortfolio for Professional Competence

Historic Data - What happens?

In line with the GDPR principle of ‘storage limitation’, we are obliged to ensure that personal data is stored only for as long as is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data was collected.

How does GDPR impact Professional Competence?

The permitted storage period in RCPI ePortfolio has been set at six years because the Medical Council has advised that retention of PCS data is only required for the current and previous 5 years.

Each year we will contact doctors who have ePortfolio records that fall into the date range for deletion. For example, in 2020-2021, all data relating to 2013-2014 was permanently removed. and in 2021-2022, all data relating to 2014-2015 will be removed.

How to download your 2014-2015 records

We're here to help

Professional Competence

Tel: +353 1 863 9739

  We have a highly experienced Professional Competence support team. They are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain Professional Competence.  As the team are presently working at home, the fastest way to contact this department is by logging in to our support desk here

  • If you need help with your ePortfolio, we can arrange a convenient time to work with you to ensure your records are up to date.
  • If you need advice on how to apply for CPD approval for your event submit your event title and proposed date and we will talk you through what you need to do.
  • Contact the Professional Competence Team at professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie .  If you would like a callback, please let us know the best time and phone number to call you. .
  • Alternatively, you might like to visit Professional Competence FAQs