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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The Health & Medical Publishing Group (HMPG) is an accredited provider of the continuing professional development (CPD) programme initiated by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). HMPG’s online CPD programme is available at www.cpdjournals.co.za.
How do I register for CPD tests?
Registration must be completed online by clicking ‘Register’ on the www.cpdjournals.co.za
home page. After entering the required details, an activation email will be sent to your specified email address, containing instructions for completing registration. Should you encounter difficulties please email email@example.com
I did not receive the activation email, how do I complete registration?
Report failure to receive the activation email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. It may also be helpful to ensure that the email was not filtered from your email inbox as junk mail.
Is there a cost for registration and completing CPD tests?
There is no cost to register or complete the HMPG CPD tests. Learning material relative to the HMPG journals is open access and available online (click on the ‘Home’ page for links). Contact email@example.com
to enquire about print subscriptions to the journals and SAMA membership.
Where do I find the CPD learning material?
CPD tests relate to content published in the following open-access journals: South African Medical Journal (SAMJ), Continuing Medical Education (CME), South African Journal of Bioethics and Law (SAJBL), South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SAJOG), Southern African Journal of Child Health (SAJCH), South African Journal of Radiology (SAJR), Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine (SAJHIVMED), South African Journal of Sports Medicine (SAJSM), African Journal of Health Professions Education (AJHPE), and the South African Journal of Communication Disorders (SAJCD). In addition, CPD tests are available for the South African Medicines Formulary (SAMF), and Casebook of the Medical Protection Society. Links to these publications are provided on the ‘Home’ page of www.cpdjournals.co.za
How many CPD points must I obtain?
The number of continuing education units (CEUs) required is determined by the HPCSA: www.hpcsa.co.za/cpd_overview.php
. A maximum of 5 CEUs may be obtained per journal test (effective from October 2012; a maximum of 3 CEUs is allocated to tests published prior to October 2012).
Are there different types of CPD points?
Healthcare professionals are required to obtain 5 CEUs per year related to ethics, human rights and medical law (refer to www.hpcsa.co.za/cpd_overview.php
). These are obtainable by completing the CPD tests for the South African Journal of Bioethics and Law and the Medical Protection Society’s Casebook.
Can I obtain CPD points for authorship?
CEUs may be allocated for the authorship of peer-reviewed articles published in the HMPG suite of journals. Primary authors are entitled to 15 CEUs and secondary authors to 5 CEUs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to request CEU allocation.
Which level of CPD activity are www.cpdjournals.co.za tests?
CPD activities are classified into: non-measurable outcome activities (level 1), measurable outcome activities (level 2) and formally structured learning programmes (level 3). The www.cpdjournals.co.za
programme is classified as level 2.
How do I complete CPD tests?
Log into www.cpdjournals.co.za
and click on the ‘Tests’ button of the appropriate programme. Click on ‘Start test’ next to the test that you wish to complete. Proceed to complete the test and complete by clicking ‘Submit’.
The system does not allow me to click ‘submit’ after completing a CPD test, how should I proceed?
Please refer to the question below regarding browser compatibility. Report the error to email@example.com
How do I obtain and view my CPD certificates?
Log into www.cpdjournals.co.za
and click on the ‘Tests’ button of the appropriate journal/programme. Click on ‘CEU status’ and use the ‘Certificate’ buttons to download available certificates in PDF format. If you are unable to view PDF files, download and install a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader (get.adobe.com/reader/
Do CPD tests expire?
CPD tests will only remain active and valid for 12 months following publication online. Users will not be able to complete expired tests, but CPD certificates for completed tests may be obtained after the expiry date.
Which internet browsers are compatible with www.cpdjournals.co.za?
website is compatible with Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and the most recent versions of Internet Explorer. If you encounter compatibility issues please ensure that your browser is up to date. Google Chrome is available for download at www.google.com/chrome
Why can't I log in?
Possible reasons for not being able to log in:
- The user account has been rendered inactive following an 18-month period of inactivity (i.e. no tests performed)
- The password or username is incorrect (click 'forgot password' beneath the login fields)
- The user has created two or more user logins using different email accounts.
Why did I not receive this password reset?
Users must successfully complete a CPD test within 7 days of account reactivation to avoid deactivation.
I forgot my password, how do I?
On the homepage of www.cpdjournals.co.za
click 'Forgot password' and enter the email address that was used to register. An email containing a password reminder will be sent to the specified address.
I did not receive the password reminder via email, how to I proceed?