CPD endorsement

The EMTAS standards for CPD are outcome based, not ascribing a point system or unit of time. CPD is intended to result in an outcome of learning that maintains or develops practice.


An individual is required to demonstrate that they performed Continued professional Development as detailed in the EMTAS CPD Standard for Individuals. This document details the type of activities that are approved as CPD. Where possible it is recommended that individuals attend a specific number of events that are CPD approved. This is to ensure that the quality of the training they attend meets the required criteria.

Individuals will be guided in a best practice for obtaining and storing their CPD.


An event, programme, or short course that has been endorsed by EMTAS has demonstrated that the content meets the professional body’s required standards for Continued Professional Development (CPD) and a number of core CPD APP outcomes.

CPD APP is the EMTAS online CPD portfolio system. The endorsement is awarded by the EMTAS Accreditation Board. CPD APP endorsement is applicable for study days, conferences, events etc. that are not credit-bearing and do not confer competence.

An endorsement is valid for two years although any substantial changes to a programme during the two year period would require re-submission. On completion of the endorsement process, event organizers are entitled to use the EMTAS endorsed logo on publicity, workbook and reflection materials and also on attendance certificates.

A form of words that indicate which CPD APP outcomes the event has been endorsed as helping learners to meet may also be used. Further information is forwarded to organizers of events once an application has been successfully reviewed.

EMTAS has a flexible pricing structure and electronic music tutorial providers who organize small group events, for example, student tutorials and learning sessions where attendees do not pay a registration fee are encouraged to contact approval@emtas.org for discussion and details. Discounts are available to those who wish to endorse a large number of events or resources; please contact approval@emtas.org

Standard fees (2018) are as follow:

EMTAS accepts payment by cheque/bankers draft, BACS, or credit/debit card. We are happy to invoice on receipt of a purchase order number and confirmation of where to direct the invoice. We are unable to review applications unless payment has been received or agreed with evidence of a purchase order.

Please note that all endorsement applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the endorsement being required but preferably as soon as the event details are finalized.

We endeavor to complete all applications in a timely manner and this is dependent upon staffing; last-minute applications, for example, three days prior to the event, are not guaranteed to be completed.

We are unable to review applications for events and activities that have already taken place.

Application for endorsement:

  • Complete the application form here
  • When the application is complete remember to press the “submit” icon to send the application for review.
  • We will also contact you when the application has been considered.
  • If accepted, you can pay the endorsement fee.

Hints and tips for endorsement application:

  1. If you want an endorsement for a seminar or lecture, please submit at least 6 weeks before the event but preferably as soon as the event is finalized.
  2. Proofread the submission – spelling mistakes made in the name of organizers etc. will display on material provided.
  3. EMTAS welcomes and encourages applications for endorsement of CPD that clearly consider the viewpoints and outcomes of students. Do the learning objectives that you list for this CPD contribute toward student experience and/or outcome? If no, please explain why you have not included this in your application?

Reasons for deferral:

An application may be deferred if a decision cannot be reached about endorsement; commonly the reason will fall into one of the following categories.

  1. A simple list of titles of a tutorial, or organization does not allow adequate consideration of the session; what are the sessions about? Who is the person delivering the session or experience; is the topic an area of interest to them? Do not use abbreviations or acronyms; the reviewer may not recognize abbreviations, depending upon specialty.
  2. Learning objectives – the learner should be able to read the learning objectives and know what they would gain from watching the tutorials. What will the student have learned by the end of the?
  3. Reflection – students must be encouraged to evaluate and reflect upon their learning.