How to Create a Portfolio

Your portfolio is a method for you to show that you’re still learning and growing.


What is a Portfolio?

Documented evidence of learning that changed the way you practice.

How Do I Make One?

When you have an ‘A-ha!’ moment, formalize it. Write down what happened, on an official form if you choose, and theorize or record how it can affect your professional development. Repeat this process until you’ve built up a body of observation (and demonstration) of how your thinking and practicing have changed over the years.

More Practically, Follow these Steps

Step 1

Decide how you're going to collect the information. It could be a binder, a folder or a Word file on your computer—whatever works best for you.

Identify learning goals.

Step 2

Document evidence of ongoing learning and improvement, for example, 

  • continuing education certificates
  • diplomas, degrees and awards
  • performance review outcomes
  • professional memberships
  • letters of reference
  • journal articles, posters or abstracts
  • professional contacts
  • critical appraisal of professional literatur records of student supervision
  • teaching and leadership activities
  • educational conferences

Step 3

Make note of critical incidents or treatment changes in your practice setting.

Step 4

In addition to self-assessment, include peer and/or patient feedback.

Step 5

Update the portfolio annually, after an employer or role change and after a learning event such as a course or conference.

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