Continuing Competence Program Requirements
One of the public protection mechanisms in the Health Professions Act is mandatory participation in Continuing Competence Programs. Fulfillment of the program requirements is linked to the annual registration renewal.
To maintain registration with the College, all Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists must:
- Participate in the mandatory Continuing Competence Program of the College each year of registration, regardless of employment status
- Complete the Practice Profile Reflection and Self-Assessment within the CCP Workbook or another form of written documentation
- Complete two Learning Plan Worksheets, each including a learning goal, completed learning activities, identifying the benefits to practice, and completed reflection tying it all together within the CCP Workbook or another form of written documentation
- Complete a Learning Plan Worksheet for each Restricted Activity (if applicable) within the CCP Workbook or another form of written documentation
- Submit all required Learning Plans to the College online during registration renewal by March 31 (refer to completed Learning Plan Worksheets)
- Identify online Learning Goals for the upcoming registration year
New registrants to the College (registered on the General Register after October 1 of the current registration year) are not required to submit Learning Plans for the past registration year during registration renewal in March. Instead, new registrants will identify and submit their intended Learning Goals for the upcoming registration year during registration renewal, to begin in April.
In addition to the program requirements for the two Learning Plans, dietitians who are authorized to perform restricted activities must also develop one Learning Plan for each restricted activity that they are authorized to perform. If a member has received authorization for a restricted activity after October 1 of the current registration year, they will not be required to submit a Learning Plan for the past registration year during registration renewal in March, but will be required to identify and submit their intended restricted activity Learning Goal for the upcoming registration year during registration renewal, to begin in April.
The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) Annual Timeline provides guidance on the CCP process as it should be occurring throughout the year.
- March: During Registration Renewal, after submitting the previous year’s CCP Learning Plans, members will be prompted to identify the area of competence, practice competency and performance indicator to base each of their learning goals around, identify one or more learning activities which may be completed to meet that learning goal, and identify the anticipated benefit to practice for the upcoming registration year. Members should be completing the Practice Profile Reflection, the Self-Assessment and developing their Learning Plans from the CCP Workbook when submitting online.
- April – January: Throughout the year, members will undertake and document planned learning activities. Please note, learning goals may change throughout the year; online CCP profile should be updated to reflect changes to learning goals. Members are encouraged to use the CCP Workbook to track progress throughout the year.
- February: Members should have completed the documentation of their Learning Plans and evaluated the impact that learning activities have had on their practice. Members are encouraged to complete the learning plan worksheets in the CCP Workbook, including the reflection; the information from these Worksheets is compiled as one online entry entered as your “Reflection” during registration renewal in March (see online submission tips for help on reflection writing).
Members must submit all learning goals, learning activities and reflections online. Because the Continuing Competence Program is online, it will be essential that members maintain excellent records of their goals, activities, and verification of activities including certificates, notes, written summaries, and/or any documentation that supports that you undertook the activities you identified. Please remember that you are required to keep CCP records dating back three years in case of an audit.