Continuing Competence

Continuing Competence2019-02-05T10:04:14-07:00

Every profession regulated under the Health Professions Act (HPA) is required to maintain currency in their practice and knowledge through the Continuing Competence program. This program consists of two parts:

  1. Continuing Professional Development
    1. Continuing Education/Required Competency
    2. Self-directed Learning
  2. Competence Assessment
    1. Record Audits

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.

All regulated members must meet the requirements of the Continuing Competence program to renew their practice permit each year.

As the College works to align the Continuing Competence Program requirements with the HPA specifications, we continue to communicate changes through email and on our news page. You can view the most recent changes to the program here.

The 2019 CC cycle is a shortened cycle to align with the new membership year timing. Due to the shortened year, the Professional Responsibilities for Paramedicine course offered by MacEwan University is the only requirement for the shortened 2019 CC cycle (January 1 – September 30). There is no additional credit requirement for this time frame.

This requirement must be met for members to renew their practice permit in August/September 2019

Previous CC cycle was two years (January 1, 2017- December 31, 2018).

  • 120 credits required
  • 1 hour = 5 credits with a maximum of 30 credits per activity
  • Required Competency (CPR) along with the self-directed continuing professional development (CPD) fulfilled the remainder of the continuing competence requirements

Click here for the complete 2017/2018 Requirements (PDF).

Submit activities under the Continuing Competence tab on your profile in the member portal. You are no longer required to upload proof of activities, but you must 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 participate in a Record Audit.

Please note:

  1. Professional development activities must be completed within the cycle they are claimed in, they do not roll over to the next Continuing Competence cycle.
  2. The same activity cannot be submitted more than once per cycle

View the Submission Process Chart here.

As part of the CC program, regulated members are required to undergo an assessment to evaluating their competence activities. This assessment is conducted in the process of an audit of a regulated member’s competence activities recorded for the previous CC cycle.

The 2019 audit focuses on validating activities recorded for the 2017/2018 CC cycle. All members selected to participate are required to produce proof of completion for the activities recorded on their profile in the member portal.

Click here for the 2019 Audit Guide (PDF).

While no additional credits are required for 2019, here are some online opportunities to consider for next year. Please note this is not an exhaustive list of online activities. The Alberta College of Paramedics does not formally endorse any of the following providers listed.

Alberta Emergency Management Agency:

Action Training- http://www.action-training.com/
American CME- https://www.americancme.com/
AMN Healthcare Education Services- http://www.rn.com/
Bloody Easy Blood Administration- http://nurses.transfusionontario.org/
Bound Tree University- http://www.boundtreeuniversity.com/classroom/
CE Solutions- http://www.ems-ce.com/
Coursera- https://www.coursera.org/browse/?languages=en
EMS 24/7- http://www.hsi.com/24-7
Master your Medics- https://masteryourmediccourses.thinkific.com/
Medic CE- https://www.medic-ce.com/home
Professional Medic Training and Events Ltd.- www.pmte.ca
Resuscitation Canada – https://resuscitationcanada.com/
Security and Emergency Response Training Center- http://sertc.org/course-type/web/
Safety Sync- https://www.safetysync.com/index.html
Target Solutions- http://www.targetsolutions.com/
Western Institute of Emergency Education- www.emergencyed.ca
Wild Iris Medical Education- https://wildirismedicaleducation.com/ems-ceu/course-list

Disclaimer: Individual member requirements may be different that what is listed as general program requirements. All regulated members can view their specific requirements by checking their profile in the member portal.

Questions should be directed to: continuingcompetence@collegeofparamedics.org.