Continuing Competence Program
The Health Professions Act (HPA) governs all regulated health professions in Alberta and collectively brings these professions together under one statute. Pursuant to the HPA, all regulated health professionals must participate in a standardized continuing competence program. Accordingly, each College governing a regulated health profession must establish a Continuing Competence Program (CCP). A CCP is a systematic means for a College to monitor the ongoing knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes of professional practitioners to ensure their Regulated Members meet standards in the provision of professional services to the public. Although a mandatory component for registration and practice permit renewal, a CCP also provides many benefits to the individual Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT). These benefits include professional integrity, personal growth, career advancement, and the application of newly acquired or enhanced knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes in a professional capacity. The CCP represents the minimum mandatory continuing education a health professional is required to complete on an annual basis – it is neither inclusive nor representative of all annual learning and professional development voluntarily undertaken by a professional practitioner.
The development of the CMLTA CCP was accomplished through a collaborative partnership with Alberta Health and the CMLTA in compliance with provincial legislation and leading practice standards. The CMLTA CCP was introduced in 2006 with mandatory participation implemented in 2007. Since that time, the CMLTA has published four versions of the CCP, each based on the original format, but with significant revisions and enhancements. The most recent CCP version adopts a new format incorporating the CMLTA Standards of Practice as a core element.
The Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation sets out the specific requirements of the CMLTA CCP that a Regulated Member must complete on an annual basis, which include:
(a) A self-assessment based on the competency profile developed by the College indicating the areas where continuing competence activities are to be undertaken by a regulated member in the next registration year;
(b) A written learning plan that sets out the continuing competence goals of the regulated member for the next registration year and the continuing competence activities to be undertaken by the regulated member during that year to achieve the continuing competence goals;
(c) A completed learning plan from the previous registration year documenting the competence activities that were completed.
The CCP evolves from time to time in response to regulatory, legal, and ethical expectations. The CMLTA communicates any major revisions to the CCP to all Regulated Members. In addition, the most current version of the CCP may be viewed or downloaded from the CMLTA website, or a copy may be requested from the CMLTA.