About CPD


The Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. (AMTA) is the professional organisation that registers individual music therapists who have completed an AMTA accredited course of study. In 2004, the membership of AMTA voted to implement a program of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a requirement for ongoing registration.  The CPD Program was implemented in August 2004. 

A process of continuing education is a common expectation of allied health professions in Australia. It is a “benchmark” now being applied by such agencies such as government bodies and insurance companies to confirm the accountability of professionals and to ensure the maintenance of professional standards. 

AMTA Inc also instigated the CPD Program to help focus, encourage and support the work of RMTs in committing to and maintaining their continuing education and professional development following graduation. 

CPD Summary

To maintain your membership, 40 CPD points need to be accrued in each 2 year period.

Evidence needs to be provided from CPD Category 1 and 2 other Categories:

Category 1 – Mandatory – CPD online tutorial

Category 2 – Formal Learning

Category 3 – Informal Learning

Category 4 – Engagement with the profession

Documentation required for appropriate evidence is as follows:

Rationale for CPD

The CPD program supports the Objectives of the Association as set out in the AMTA Inc Constitution.  In brief it does so in the following ways:

a. Standards of Education and Training

All RMTs will have successfully completed an accredited music therapy course in Australia (or overseas). The Competency Standards in Music Therapy (2004) sets out the requirements of Australian training courses for students to reach entry level of competency for the profession. However, graduating is only the first step in a process of learning and continuing education. The demands of professional life require us to constantly expand our knowledge, develop musical resources and put into practice a range of professional skills that may not have been covered in initial training. CPD is a way of acknowledging and encouraging the ongoing development and education of RMTs to broaden their knowledge base and in their commitment to the profession.

b. Standards of Professional Practice

The Rules and Constitution along with the Code of Ethics and The Standards of Professional Practice, ensure that AMTA has a strong professional identity. The work of the National Council, national and state/territory committees and other groups covering a broad range of professional issues and administration is undertaken by members of the Association as a service to the profession. CPD recognises the vital importance of this work and encourages RMTs, where possible, to offer their time and skill to support the Association in this way.

c. Development of Research and Literature

A body of literature based on research and documentation of outstanding clinical work is vital to the growth of music therapy in Australia. This may be done through a research degree, published writing in texts and refereed journals or other professional publications such as Pulse, or through self -initiated projects. CPD encourages all RMTs to think about contributing to the knowledge base of music therapy in Australia and internationally.

d. Promotion of music therapy

Most RMTs at one time or another become involved in raising public awareness of music therapy, via presentations and writing educational/promotional material, etc.  CPD recognises the importance of this work in promoting and advancing community and industry understanding and awareness of music therapy in Australia and internationally.

e.  Professional support for the RMT

AMTA Inc. is committed to supporting, encouraging and assisting RMTs in every area of professional practice, including fulfilling the requirements of CPD. 

Management of CPD

The Committee for Continuing Professional Development is the AMTA committee responsible for implementing the CPD program. The committee works alongside the Registration Committee and Education Committee. The work of CPD overlaps with the Registration Committee in terms of the possible rescinding of Registration and steps for re-applying for Registration. CPD overlaps with the Education Committee with reference to the Competency Standards in Music Therapy (revised 2004).

Appeals and grievances

If an RMT has not accumulated or submitted the required 40 points worth of CPD activities, or there are activities which do not meet the requirements of CPD and hence may not be included for CPD, the CPD committee will contact the RMT to notify them of this, and outline subsequent requirements for successful completion of CPD.  

If the RMT wishes to appeal against the decision of the CPD Committee, s/he should contact the Chair of the CPD Committee in writing within two weeks of the date of the correspondence received from the CPD Committee to request a review of the decision that was made.  The Request for Review should include substantiating information to support the RMTs claim or request.  

If an RMT does not agree to the subsequent requirements for successful completion of CPD, as outlined by the CPD Committee, the RMT may be listed as having not completed the requirements of CPD, and registration with the AMTA may be rescinded.  

If an RMT has a grievance over any aspect of CPD, they should contact the Chair of the CPD Committee in writing.

Mandatory Training

1.1 CPD agreement and online tutorial 5 pts
  Note: Must be completed within 6 months of commencement of CPD 2 yr cycle)  


Formal Learning

2.1 PhD or Masters (coursework or research) degree in music therapy or related subjectCourses: 35 pts
2.2 Other post-graduate coursework or course related to the AMTA Competency Standards in Music Therapy 20 pts
  e.g. certificate or diploma of at least 1 year's duration.  
  Note: All courses must have been completed and the degree awarded for CPD points to apply.  
Conferences and Meetings  
2.3 Attendance at conferences, short courses, seminars, workshops, talks and presentations, where the topic is related to the Competency Standards in Music Therapy or to professional practice. Points are based on direct contact hours: 1 hour = 1 pt
a) The World Congress of Music Therapy, international conferences, AMTA national conference/ PDS
b) Attendance at a workshop, seminar, meeting (with speaker or presenter) on music therapy or a professionally related subject
c) Participation in skill development workshops or courses
 2.4  Sole-authored or co-authored book on music therapy that is professionally published   30 pts
 2.5  Editor of professionally published book on music therapy  20 pts
 2.6  Chapter in a professionally published book on music therapy  15 pts
 2.7  Paper published in a refereed journal   15 pts
 2.8  Paper or clinical article featured in non-refereed journal, newsletter, web page. (e.g. “Network” “Bulletin” or state newsletter)   5 pts
  Note: This excludes media interviews   
2.9 Leadership of music therapy workshop/seminar 1hr = 3pts
2.10 Oral presentation at a national or international conference / PDS on music therapy or a subject related to an area of the Competency Standards in Music Therapy 10 pts
2.11 Poster presentation at a national or international conference/PDS on music therapy or a subject related to an area of the Competency Standards in Music Therapy 5 pts
  Note: (1.9 – 1.11 are external to regular paid employment obligations)  

Informal Learning

Self Education  
3.1 Attendance at AMTA special interest groups, AMTA on-line forums 1 hour = 1 pt
3.2 Review of book, journal or online article, conference paper audio or video program related to an area of the Competency Standards in Music Therapy.(1500-2000 words): (including peer reviewed journals, Network, Bulletin)  5 pts per review
3.3 Composition of song/music for use in music therapy 1 pt per piece
3.4 Receiving music tuition (e.g. instrumental, voice, composition, improvisation). 1 pt = 1 lesson
3.5 Receiving professional supervision. 1 pt = 1 session
3.6 Receiving formal peer supervision/participation in journal club 1 pt  = 1 session
3.7 Receiving therapy for clinical practice. 1 pt = 1 session

Engagement with the profession

4.1 President of AMTA and other members of the AMTA Board and Operations Committee 15 pts per year
4.2 Membership of AMTA National committee, working party or state branch/interest group; AMTA or other music therapy Conference/PDS organizing committee; member of an editorial board; committee member of WFMT or other international music therapy governing body 10 pts per year
4.3 Coordinator of an AMTA SIG, Co-ordinator of Conference Awards Committee, member of a Scientific Review Committee 5 pts per year
 4.4  Full day strategic planning sessions for any of the above committees  5 pts per day
 4.5  Attendance at AMTA Inc. meetings by non-committee members  1 hour = 1 pt
   e.g. National or State AGM (general meetings/clinicians groups/Special Interest Groups etc)   
 4.6  Supervision of students (includes Music Therapy students, observation students, work experience students)  1 day = 1 pt 
   (capped at 15 pts)