The Health Professions Act (HPA) defines competence as “the combined knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment required to provide professional services”. The HPA requires all Colleges to have a Continuing Competence Program (CCP) in place to monitor the ongoing competence of regulated members and enhance the provision of professional services.

Participation in the CCP is mandatory for all registrants on the General Register and Provisional Register and is a requirement for practice permit renewal. Registrants are required to submit their CCP documentation online annually as part of their practice permit renewal process.

CCP Cycle

From April 1 to March 31 of the following year.

CCP Framework

CCP Requirements

  1. Identify at least one (1) learning goal (max 10) prior to the start of a CCP cycle.
  2. Complete and report a minimum of 15 CCP credits/hours of learning activities throughout the CCP cycle (April 1 to March 31 of the following year).
  3. Complete learning summaries and reflections after achieving the learning goals.
  4. Keep supporting documents with respect the CCP for at least five (5) years after the end of the CCP cycle.

CCP credits completed in one cycle cannot be carried over to a following cycle.

Registrants must meet their CCP requirements on or before the end of a continuing competence cycle (March 31) in order to complete their renewal process. Registrants who do not meet the continuing competence requirements at the time of renewal may have their practice permit suspended.

How to earn CCP credits?

Registrants can earn CCP credits by completing self-selected activities and college directed activities.

1. Self-Selected Activities

Registrants can complete learning activities that contribute to maintenance of competence or enhancement of professional service provision. For one (1) hour of learning activity participated, one (1) CCP credit can be claimed. A learning activity must relate to one of the following practice areas:

a) Interpersonal Skills
b) Professionalism
c) Practice Management
d) Acupuncture Foundations
e) Acupuncture Diagnostic and Treatment
f) Acupuncture Techniques
g) Safety

2. College Directed Activities

Each year, the CAA may propose learning activities that are related to a specific topic based on the CAA’s mandate to serve the public interest. The 2022-2023 college directed activities are optional and the theme is Respecting and Understanding Diversity. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Indigenous Awareness/Indigenous Canada
  2. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  3. Gender and Sexuality Diversity
  4. Unconscious Bias

You are free to choose any acceptable learning activities related to the above theme and claim a maximum of 10 CCP credits.

First-aid, CPR, and sexual assault awareness training are registration/renewal requirements; they cannot be used to fulfil your CCP requirements.

Acceptable Learning Activities and Supporting Documents

Acceptable learning activities and supporting document are as follows:

Type of ActivityExamples of Acceptable Supporting Documents
Formal Program: Participation in online or in-person courses, seminars, workshops, presentations, lectures, conferences, etc.Certificate of completion, receipt, course materials, attendance record, picture/screenshot of presentation slide or presenter
Self-directed Studies: reading books, journals, websites, etc.Screenshot of website, picture of book cover, copy of journal article, or learning notes
Structured Interactive Activities: Participation in study group, peer review, etc.Study material, presentation slide, or study/review notes

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