Continuing Competence

Continuing Competence 2017-10-20T13:32:23+00:00

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:

  1. Continuing Professional Development
  2. Competence Assessment (under development)

The Continuing Competence Program engages practitioners in a professional practice model supporting currency in practice, enhancement and expansion of knowledge and skills. It fosters individual improvement and growth of professional practice, enhancing the level of service and care provided to Albertans.

Each credit cycle is two years and commences on the first 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 activities. Credits are measured based on time with each hour equalling five credits, to a maximum of 30 credits (six hours) 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.

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.

  1. 120 Continuing Competence credits are required to be fulfilled every two-year cycle.
  2. Credits are time based in which one hour spent = five credits, with a maximum of 30 credits per activity.
  3. All regulated members, regardless of patient-contact status or practice setting, are required to participate in the program in order to maintain registration.
  4. Practitioners are free to choose the professional development activities that best meet their practice needs as long as the activity is done through a legitimate source. The continuing competence department may use discretion in the assignment of credits to these activities.
  5. Employer based training (Workplace Training) must be recognized by the College. Only the Employer/ Training Officer can submit an application for recognition. See: Workplace training and organization recognition (below).
  6. Professional development activities must be completed within the cycle they are claimed in.
  7. The same activity cannot be submitted more than once per cycle.
  8. Continuing Competence credits do not roll over to the following Continuing Competence cycle.
  9. Practitioners that are on leave of absence will be required to complete compulsory activities, but will have their credit requirements adjusted. See: Credits and practitioners on leave of absence (below).

Practitioners that are on an employer-approved Leave of Absence have reduced Continuing Competence credit requirements. Practitioners on any medical or parental leave are eligible for a credit reduction.

Practitioners on educational leave ARE NOT eligible for a credit reduction. Instead, practitioners can receive credits for post-secondary programs and courses upon submission of activities through the member portal.

Contact the Continuing Competence department if you do not have access to the members’ portal and require additional information.

Activities that currently DO NOT meet Professional Development Quality Assurance standards are:

  • Volunteering
  • Ride Alongs
  • Studying
  • Instructing hours

The College recognizes the value of employer led training and supports this initiative. Practitioners are able to receive credits for training activities provided by College-recognized employers.

As all health professions are regulated by province, the College can only recognize organizations within the province of Alberta.

Practitioners can find out if their employer is recognized by checking under the Continuing Competence tab in the member portal.

Employers/Training Officers seeking Organization Recognition for Workplace Training can contact the College by email. Note: Only the Employer/Training Officer can seek organization recognition.

Continuing Professional Development activities are to be submitted under the Continuing Competence tab. You are no longer required to upload proof of activities. Instead, please retain all documentation for a period of five years. You do not need to email or bring activity records to the College office unless you are contacted by the College.

To submit, please note:

  • Professional development activities must be completed within the cycle they are claimed in.
  • The same activity cannot be submitted more than once per cycle.
  • Continuing Competence credits DO NOT roll over in the following Continuing Competence cycle.

View the Submission Process Chart here.

Each year a specified number of practitioners will be required to participate in a validation process to ensure accuracy of credits entered. A random list of practitioners will be generated and you will be notified if you are selected.

The validation process includes the following:

  • Review of completed learning activities
  • Evaluation of relevance
  • Relevance to the profession
  • Completed within the same cycle the activity was claimed
  • Confirmation of completion of required learning activities

Note: If you are selected for validation and your required credits have been adjusted due to a Leave of Absence, you may be asked to provide documentation from your employer to confirm the Leave of Absence.

The College requires certain competencies each year for each practitioner.

The 2017 Required Competency is: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

The Continuing Competence Program is undergoing changes to further align ourselves with the Health Professions Act. Because cardiopulmonary resuscitation is fundamental to the paramedic profession, the College has decided that this year’s required competency is 2017 certification in CPR/HCP.

CPR-C certification must be from the following five providers:

CPR-C or HCP certification must be completed in and have an issue date of 2017.

Practitioners earn 30 Continuing Competence credits for completion of one of the aforementioned certifications.

Practitioners are able to receive credit for provider or instructor certification.

Practitioners who carry CPR or BLS instructor certification can use this to fulfill the required competency. To submit instructor certification, a January 1, 2017 completion date or instruction date of 2017 is to be entered.

Out of country practitioners may take CPR certification from ILCOR member providers.

Certification is to be uploaded to the certificates tab in the member portal. Upon review, the required competency will show as completed under the continuing competence tab in the member portal.