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. Regulated members who do not meet the continuing competence requirements at the time of renewal may have their practice permit suspended for the upcoming registration year.

How to earn CCP credits?

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

  • Self-selected Activities
    Registrants can complete learning activities that contribute to maintenance of competence or enhance the provision of professional services. For one (1) hour of learning activity participated, one (1) CCP credit can be claimed. The 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

  • 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. As such, the topic proposed will vary year-to-year. You may need to complete minimum credits of college directed activities.

    For 2022-23, the College-directed activities are optional and the topic is “Respecting and understanding diversity”. These topics include, but are not limited to:

    a) Indigenous Awareness
    b) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    c) Gender and Sexual Diversity
    d) Unconscious Bias

It is important to note that first-aid, CPR is a registration/renewal requirement; therefore, you cannot use it to fulfil your CCP requirements.


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