TPB allows mental health training as CPD

A professional body has extended its CPD requirements for advisers to include mental health related training, in recognition of the toll the COVID-19 crisis has taken on practitioner mental health.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the TPB said it was temporarily allowing part of the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements for tax financial advisers and tax agents to include “educative health and well-being activities”.

“During this difficult time impacted by COVID-19, it is important to manage your mental health and wellbeing in order to continue to provide services to your clients,” the board said.

“The TPB hopes all practitioners will remain healthy so they can have long and successful careers that provide valued service to clients.

“Therefore, we will temporarily be accepting a small amount of educative health and wellbeing activities, such as attending webinars about how to manage stress and self-care, as being a relevant CPE activity that will count towards your CPE hours for TPB purposes.”

However, the TPB clarified the “vast majority” of CPE activities would still need to be centred around technical skills and knowledge.

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