Continuing Competence

Continuing Competence2020-10-27T13:47:48-06:00

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.

The CC Program engages members in a professional practice model that supports currency in practice through enhancement and expansion of knowledge and skills. Continuing competence 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. The CC cycle follows the membership year from October 1 to September 30. Credits can only be applied to the cycle in which they were earned and cannot be pre-earned or carried over to a following cycle.

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

Related forms and documents:

The Government of Alberta introduced Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients in 2018 and proposed changes to sections of the Health Professions Act that speak to sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by regulated healthcare professionals.

The Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professionals (AFRHP) has developed the Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct course to fulfill required training – free of charge – for all of Alberta’s regulated healthcare providers.

This course will count for 9 of your required continuing education CC credits (3 hours) and is being provided at no cost.

Course Access

Use this link to access the course: http://afrhp.org/bill21-protecting-patients/#/

IMPORTANT: This course uses flash; use Google Chrome as your web browser.

Click here for instructions on How to Enable Flash on the AFRHP course.

Click here for a copy of the College’s Standards of Practice.

Members record their CC activities under the Continuing Competence tab on their profile in the member portal.  Click here for the flowchart on Recording Activities for Credits

The College no longer requires members to upload proof of activities, but members 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 the CC 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 Summary Form to keep the right details for your documentation requirements and submit it if you are selected for a record audit.

Regulated members are required to undergo an audit to evaluate their competence activities. The audit focuses on validating activities a regulated member records as their CPD activities for a previous CC cycle.

Members selected to participate are required to produce supporting documentation for the activities recorded on their profile in the member portal.

The 2019/2020 CC Record Audit has been suspended due to COVID-19 but will resume in 2020/2021.

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

To be considered continuing education, program and course providers must be approved by the College. Educators and groups seeking to have their program, course, conference or seminar approved as continuing education may complete the submission for approval form found at the end of the Continuing Competence Program: Continuing Education Standards.

2020/2021 Application Submission Deadlines

  • November 25, 2020
  • January 20, 2021
  • May 26, 2021
  • August 25 2021
  • November 24, 2021

Questions and submission can be emailed to CC@ABparamedics.com.

FAQs

At this time, recertification of CPR not a registration requirement. The frequency in which members recertify certifications is at the discretion of the employer and/or the member. We suggest that members recertify their certifications according to employer requirements and/or provider expiration dates and/or personal learning needs.

Your continuing competence requirements are stated in your continuing competence summary under the Continuing Competence tab on your profile in the member portal. You can view these throughout the year. Your summary will show you your required credits and any required learning. It is also where you keep track of the activities you have recorded and how many credits you have fulfilled.

You should record your continuing professional development activities as soon as you have completed them. This will help you keep track of what you have outstanding at any point during the year. It is highly recommended that you do this instead of recording all activities right before your renewal, to avoid the stressful situations of discovering too late that you have not fulfilled all continuing competence requirements or that you have submitted activities incorrectly.

No, you cannot claim credits for hours being on-call or responding to a call; these are not considered continuing professional development activities. However, you may claim credits for any in-house training that you have taken in the course of your volunteering, because this is considered a professional development activity. You would record these types of activities as workplace training.

Instructing courses are considered practice hours and practice hours are ineligible; however, the recertification/renewal of instructor certifications can be classified as an activity. If you instruct certification courses, you are able to claim credits for obtaining your instructor certifications because a certification is a continuing professional development activity. Members who teach paramedic programs or approved continuing education cannot claim credits for teaching because this also is considered practice hours.

No, you cannot claim patient contacts for credits because these are considered practice hours.

Practice hours are considered the application of the skills and knowledge a practitioner has already achieved. The purpose of the continuing competence program is for regulated members to continue to develop and enhance their skills.

While this may be different for other healthcare professions, our regulation (the Paramedics Profession Regulation), limits the CC program to be able to only recognize the two activities listed, that being 1) Continuing professional development and 2) Competence assessment as meeting the program’s requirements. Practice hours are not specified in the regulation, and therefore cannot be classified as continuing competence activities.

You can find a list of continuing education activities under the Continuing Education Activities tab on this page. A list of eligible self-directed activities can also be found under the Self-Directed Activities tab on this page. You are permitted to seek out the specific activities and providers that best meet your needs based on the approved courses and list of self-directed activities.

Keeping documentation for a minimum of five years is a continuing competence program requirement defined in the Paramedics Profession Regulation (PPR), section 20. Your documentation is used in verifying that continuing competence requirements have been met during the audit process. The audit process is part of the continuing competence program outlined in the PPR.

Yes. All members are required to participate in the Continuing Competence program including fulfilling credit requirements, record audits and competence assessments.

Members who do not participate in the audit will be found non-compliant with the continuing competence program. The HPA defines non-compliance of the continuing competence program as unprofessional conduct. Members who are non-compliant with a CC requirements under the legislation and regulation will have their practice permit suspended and/or cancelled and/or be referred to the complaints director.

Members are issued a notice of their results after their records have been audited. The notice outlines ways to correct any issues identified and gives a deadline by which they must be completed. The notice also outlines any consequences if the requirements are not met. Failure to comply with the requirements will result in the consequences outlined in the notice. Examples of such consequences include:

  • Marked as non-compliant with the CC program
  • Suspension of the practice permit

Members on a leave may be eligible for a credit adjustment for the time they are not in practice.

This credit adjustment is intended to relieve some of the stress around continuing competence requirements during events such as medical leave or maternity/parental leave. The adjustment is granted for up to 18 months, and in extreme circumstances can be extended to 24 months with approval from the Registrar.

Members can access the CC Credit Adjustment Form at the top of the continuing competence page on the College’s website.

The limit of 24 months is the maximum allowable time permitted in the PPR, section 25. Ongoing competence is a requirement to renew your practice permit; and if you have not done so in 24 months, you will have to demonstrate competence through other measures (such as completing refresher programs or courses, or re-taking the Provincial Registration Examination).

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.

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