Credit Accumulation Route

Professional in Practice Credit Accumulation allows social workers to gain professional credits for a broad range of learning and development which can be gained through taught or self-directed study.


Time spent on learning activities can be used to achieve Professional in Practice credits and Professional in Practice Credits can be used as a way to maintain PRTL or exchanged for Requirements within the Professional Awards.

When you have accumulated sufficient credits you can consider claiming a professional requirement.

The Credit Accumulation Formula is “2 + 1”

“1 hour learning activity + a brief reflective analysis = 2 learning credits + record impact = 3 credits”

Social workers (claimants) can gain credits from reflection on learning (1 hour learning activity + a brief reflective analysis = 2 learning credits).

By demonstrating impact, additional credits can be claimed (1 credit per hour of learning).

Impact means demonstrating application of your learning on the following (choose 1 or more as appropriate):

  •  Service Users and Carers
  •  Self (development of new skill /knowledge or further development of existing skill/knowledge)
  •  Service (e.g. developing and implementing a new service)
  •  Supplementary (teaching/training, leadership within social work locally or nationally)

Click on the links below to find out more.

Claiming a Requirement Guidance

Click here for information on how to claim a Requirement.

PiP Verification of Learning Animation

Click here to access the PiP Verification of Learning Animation.

Reflective Learning and writing a Reflective Account

Click here to access LEARN - Key Questions to support reflection on learning.

Click here to access Tips on writing effective reflective notes

Use PiP Credits to claim a PiP requirement - Examples

Click here to access example 1.

Click here to access example 2.

Click here to access example 3 and if you are claiming a PiP requirement click here.