Continuing Competence

Continuing Competence2019-10-08T12:19:39-06:00

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

  1. Continuing Professional Development
  2. Competence Assessment

The CC Program engages members in a professional practice model that supports 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 (CC) program to renew their practice permit each year.

Click here for the complete Continuing Competence Program Details (PDF) (including FAQ).

Related forms and documents:

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.

Self-Directed Activity Definitions (PDF)

Credit Opportunities

If you are unsure as to what types of activities may count as self-directed credit, or are seeking guidance on providers, here are some opportunities that members can complete to receive self-directed credits. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of CPD providers. The Alberta College of Paramedics does not formally endorse or approve the following providers listed.

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/
Wild Iris Medical Education- https://wildirismedicaleducation.com/ems-ceu/course-list

Continuing education credits are awarded based on pre-approval of programs, courses, seminars, etc.

To be considered continuing education, program and course providers must first seek approval from the College. Educators and groups seeking to have their program, course, conference or seminar approved as continuing education may complete the submission for approval process.

Click here for the complete Continuing Competence Program: Continuing Education Standards (PDF).

Questions and submissions should be directed to Sydney Girvan at sgirvan@abparamedics.com.

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.

  • If your continuing professional development does not offer a certificate of attendance/completion, you can keep a record of your activity using the Record of Attendance form.
  • For Self-study use the Self-study form to keep the right details for your documentation requirements and submit it if you are selected for a record audit.

View the Submission Process Chart (PDF) here.

Members returning from a leave of absence will have their credit requirement reduced based on the month their practice permit became effective again.

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 2020 audit focuses on validating activities recorded for the 2019 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 (Oct) 2019 Audit Guide (PDF) here.

Continuing Competence Audits

Continuing Competence: Audit Guide 2019

As part of the Alberta College of Paramedic’s Continuing Competence (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 primarily on validating the completion of the 2019 Required MacEwan University course Professional Responsibilities for Paramedicine; however, if members had additional requirements, those will also be audited. All members selected to participate in the CC record audit are required to provide supporting documentation for each activity recorded on their profile to successfully complete this component of the CC program.

NOTE: Individual member requirements may be different than 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: CC@abparamedics.com.