Professional Development Programme guidance

Professional Development Programme guide

This guidance note sets out all the information you need to qualify as a Foundation or Registered Member of the ARA, or as a Fellow of the ARA. 

We also provide a dedicated support service to help you develop your application. If you need help using the competency framework, choosing your competencies (and Levels), developing the content for your competency forms or deciding what evidence can be used, then please just get in touch. You can also book a free online support meeting with an ARA member of staff. Just get your list of questions ready and contact

Professional Development Programme website user guide

This guidance explains how to use this website and enrol onto the programme, build your application and submit it for assessment.

Guidance for Mentors

This document is designed to support mentors as they guide their candidate's learning and development. Includes more guidance on the mentor reference, complete with an example.


News, updates and content.

CPD Review

It is important that Foundation and Registered Members, and Fellows of the ARA, continue to build on the knowledge and competencies demonstrated at the time they qualified with the ARA. Find out more about the CPD Review, and how it supports members with their CPD.

Programme fees

Details of enrolment and assessment fees for Foundation and Registered membership, Fellowship of the ARA, and CPD Review.

Privacy policy

How we use your data and how we keep it safe.