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 Alberta.
The Continuing Professional Development Program is a credit-based system that requires all registered practitioners to participate regardless of practice setting or patient contact. Each credit cycle is 2 years in length and commences on the 1st day of every other calendar year. During this 2-year period, practitioners are required to fulfill 120 credits. 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 done through a legitimate source and meet quality assurance standards. Activities that currently do not meet Professional Development standards are:
- Ride Alongs
- Self- directed studies
- Preceptor or instructing hours
Information on how to assess professional development can be found on the Assessment Chart.
Submitting activities in the Navigation Portal
Continuing Professional Development activities are to be entered and submitted into the Professional Development tab in the Navigation Portal. Practitioners are no longer required to upload proof of activities. Instead, practitioners are to retain all documentation for a period of 5 years. Do not email or bring activity record to the College office as all learning activities must be submitted through the navigation portal.
Details on how to submit continuing professional development activities are detailed in the Submission Process Chart.