Anaesthetic technician

The Council's recertification framework for Anaesthetic Technicians is based on a continuing professional development (CPD) model. New CPD requirements apply from 1 January 2020.

A condition of being issued with an APC is that you must be able to provide evidence you have undertaken at least 40-hours of CPD activities within a 2-year period.  If you fail to meet your CPD requirements the issue of your APC may be delayed. 

CPD and compliance audit

CPD is monitored based on a 2-year cycle – biennium – which is aligned to calendar years.  The schedule for the next three biennium is be: -

  • January 2020 to December 2021
  • January 2022 to December 2023
  • January 2023 to December 2024

Anaesthetic technicians must be able to provide evidence that

  • they have engaged in 40-hours of CPD within a 2-year period (biennium).
  • a minimum of 15 hours of CPD has been undertaken each one-year of the relevant biennium.
  • at least 60% of their CPD related to activities classified as substantive CPD. This equates to 24-hours in any one biennium.

An annual audit of a random sample of at least 20% of registered anaesthetic technicians is undertaken by Medical Sciences Secretariat, on behalf of the Council. 

As a registered anaesthetic technician you must keep a record of the professional development activities you have engaged in for the previous three-year period as you could be required to provide this to the Council if called up for audit.


While you can apply to the Council for an exemption from a recertification programme, exemption is the exception rather than the rule and will not be approved on an ongoing or long-term basis.  Being away on parental leave for any period within a CPD programme cycle is one situation where the Council may grant an exemption.  All requests for exemption are to be submitted to the Council when you apply for your APC.  You can email these requests to .

AUDIT 2020

The 2020 audit is the last audit to be undertaken under CPD requirements first published in 2012. The 2020 audit will cover CPD undertaken between 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019.  Practitioners selected for audit were notified in late May 2020.

 You need to send the following documents to the Council:

  1. Professional Development Plans for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  2. A completed CPD Log showing you have undertaken a minimum of 60 hours of CPD for the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019, including 10 hours minimum per year.  
  3. Evidence of participation in these CPD activities. The evidence may include:
    • Signed training records
    • Evidence of attendance at CPD events, such as certificates of attendance, course outlines etc.

Your logbook needs to record the activities you complete with dates and the time spent together with your reflections on progress and the difference the activities are making to you, your colleagues, and patients.

You must demonstrate you have undertaken at least one CPD activity in three of the four learning categories (see AT CPD Guidelines) defined and approved by the Council.

Practitioners selected for audit need to email their documentation to the by Monday 13 July 2020.