Cookies & Privacy

We will make every effort to protect your privacy by maintaining a consistently high level of site security and following strict policies on how we store and use personal information.


The information we collect and how we use it
To access the site, you will need to sign up with us. To access restricted parts of the site we will need to obtain other details from you.

When you use the site, we may track and keep a record of the pages you visit. This data will be used in anonymised, amalgamated form only to allow us to study how people are using our site and which topics are most popular. This will help us improve what we offer on the site.

Your email address will be used to contact you with regard to your account only (e.g. in setting up subscriptions, notifying you of locations for collecting certificates, etc.). If you sign up to the e-newsletter, you will receive information about new modules and features etc.

The information in your My CPD Online area, including the modules you have undertaken, progress on modules, and so on, is considered private. Our technicians have access to it in order to fix problems and maintain the site. However, we do not read this information unless necessary, and will not release it to other people or organisations without your prior consent. Specifically, we do not make this information available to the College’s Postgraduate Education Department, which manages the CPD programme. To demonstrate that you have completed modules successfully for the purposes of your CPD requirements, you will need to print out and present a paper copy of the relevant certificate.


Cookies on our website
Websites, including, use techniques to enhance user-friendliness and to make the site as interesting as possible for each visitor.


- What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.


A cookie stores select pieces of information based on your visit to the CPD Online website. Examples of data stored within cookie files would be information you input into a registration form, e.g. email address, first name and last name, and post code.


These cookies either last for the length of time you use the website or may stay on your computer for a limited period of time to allow the website to recognise you if you return.


We use cookies to provide you with an easier and more customised service, as well as tracking how visitors use the website.


- How to control or delete cookies

You can easily block or delete cookies, through your browser.


You can reject all or certain cookies. You can also configure your browser to get notifications when a cookie is offered.


For help on how to delete cookies, visit Please be aware, though, that if you reject cookies your experience of this website may not reach its full potential.


- Cookies we use

Cookies enable us to tailor particular parts of the site to your needs. See the table below for more information about the cookies we use.


Host website:      
  Cookie common name CookieID Description
  RCPsychPassport RCPsychPassport Form Authentication cookie
  AdditionalInfoCookie additionalInfoCookie Form Authentication cookie
  ASP.NET_SessionId ASP.NET_SessionId Stores encrypted session id
  Immediacy Auth Cookie .IMMAUTH Tracks user login session and ensure user remains logged throughout the session
  Request Validation __RequestVerificationToken Stores verification token to prevent cross-site request forgery
  AspNet Cookie .AspNet.ApplicationCookie Store encrypted and signed user claims
  Analytics IDE Used by search engines to track advertising clicks
  Analytics NID Used by search engines to track advertising clicks
  Universal Analytics (Google) _ga Used to identify unique visit
  Universal Analytics (Google) _gat Used to throttle the request rate
  Universal Analytics (Google) _gid Used to distinguish visitors visit
  Google Analytics __utma Helps to calculate unique visitor numbers
  Google Analytics __utmz Works out referrals from other domains
  Google Analytics __utmb Helps to calculate visitor session length
  Google Analytics __utmc Helps to calculate visitor session length and whether a session has expired
  Cookie consent message seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message


IP addresses
Each time you use the internet, your Internet service provider assigns your computer a number called an IP address. This number may be the same or different each time you go online. The website uses visitors' IP addresses to gather general data about site traffic. Each time your computer requests information from our site, we log your IP address on our server. We cannot identify you from your IP address.


Module feedback
You are able to give feedback about a learning module after completing it. This information may be made visible to other users of the site, including guest users, in which case it will be unattributed. We will also use it to improve our site.


To whom will we disclose information about you?
We will not disclose your personal data to any third party, other than those who provide IT and support services to us and only where bound by duties of confidentiality.


How personal information is stored and protected
Your personal data is stored in our databases, which are only available to the web administrators and authorised CPD Online staff on a password-protected basis.


You should not share your user name and password with other people.


Your consent
By submitting your information, you consent to the use of that information as set out in this policy. You should review this policy regularly, to note any changes as to how we collect and use personal information.

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