Every profession regulated under the Health Professions Act (HPA) is required to maintain currency in their practice and knowledge through the Continuing Competence Program (CCP). This program consists of two parts:
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- Competence Assessment (under development)
By participating in the Continuing Competence Program, practitioners are engaged in a professional practice model supporting currency in practice, enhancement and expansion of knowledge and skills.
The Continuing Competence Program fosters individual improvement and growth of professional practice, enhancing the level of service and care provided to Albertans.
Each credit cycle is two years in length and commences on the 1st day of every other calendar year. During this two-year period, practitioners are required to fulfill 120 continuing competence credits by completing continuing professional development (CPD) activities. Credits are measured based on time committed in which every hour spent = 5 credits, with a maximum of 30 credits per activity.
Practitioners are free to choose professional development activities that best meet their practice needs as long as the activities are completed through a legitimate source and meet quality assurance standards. Activities that currently DO NOT meet Professional Development Quality Assurance standards are:
- Ride Alongs
- Instructing hours
Note: Primary preceptors are able to receive 30 continuing competence credits per year for formal preceptorships.
Documentation required as proof includes official verification of completion from the educational institute or service, comprising the primary preceptor’s name, registration number, date of completion and number of hours.
Information on how to assess professional development can be found on the Assessment Chart.