Continuing Competence Program
Learning Plan (version 4.0)
NEW – Effective September 15, 2016 for the 2017 MLT Practice Permit renewal season.
A Learning Plan is a self-directed learning path to maintain currency and enhance performance within the profession and to enhance interprofessional practice throughout the health care environment. Learning Plans are based on the Regulated Member’s current or anticipated area of practice and are derived from the Enabling Competencies identified in the Self-Assessment of Practice as Developmental/Advancing/Expanding (DEV).
Individuals assume personal responsibility for learning and evaluating progress in attaining specific competency goals.
As a component of the online MLT Practice Permit renewal, Regulated Members create a new Learning Plan containing a minimum of three (and up to a maximum of six) Learning Objectives for the registration year. Over the course of the registration year, Regulated Members document Learning Activities undertaken to complete their Learning Objectives.
Members must complete a minimum of three Learning Objective(s) as stated on a Learning Plan prior to the renewal or reinstatement of subsequent registrations.
New Learning Plan
A new Learning Plan consists of the following components:
- Learning Objectives – are the Enabling Competencies identified through the Self-Assessment of Practice as Developmental/Advancing/Expanding (DEV) which have been chosen by the Regulated Member to be included in a Learning Plan. Based on individual priority, Regulated Members select three to six Enabling Competencies identified through the Self-Assessment of Practice as Developmental/Advancing/Expanding (DEV) to be used as their Learning Objectives. The CMLTA allows individuals to select the same Enabling Competencies for consecutive renewal years provided the learning obtained has a different focus and demonstrates a different element of learning from the previous year.Note: Effective with Version 4 of the CMLTA CCP, Regulated Members are no longer required to create specific statements to act as Learning Objectives. Enabling Competencies identified as Developmental/Advancing/Expanding (DEV) through completion of the Self-Assessment of Practice are automatically converted into Learning Objectives after being prioritized by a Regulated Member to be included on a new Learning Plan.
- Projected Learning Activities – are the tools an individual plans to utilize to develop the selected Learning Objective. The CMLTA recognizes that learning is achieved through many avenues dependent upon the preferred learning style of the individual. Learning Activities may include people, literature, courses, policies, procedures, etc. The CMLTA acknowledges a Learning Activity may have several applications if the focus is broad, but Regulated Members must identify discrete Learning Activities for each Learning Objective submitted. For example, a one-day professional event, may not be identified as the Learning Activity for more than one Learning Objective, unless the event can be succinctly structured into more than one Learning Activity. At the time individuals identify their learning needs to develop a Learning Objective, potential learning opportunities are often unknown. For that reason, individuals are only required to select Projected Learning Activities, from the dropdown menu. The CMLTA acknowledges Projected Learning Activities may vary from those ultimately utilized to complete a Learning Objective.For a listing of Learning Activities and documentation requirements, please refer to Documentation Guidelines for Learning Activities.
- Projected Professional Development – is the predicted outcome or benefit to an individual’s professional practice through completion of the Learning Objective.
- Target Date – is a realistic time frame for achievement of the Learning Objective and will vary depending upon the complexity and urgency of the learning. The CMLTA suggests all Learning Activities be undertaken during the year for which registration and an MLT Practice Permit are issued; however, Learning Activities from September 1 prior to the registration year through December 31 of the registration year will be accepted. A minimum of one Learning Objective must be completed in the year for which the MLT Practice Permit has been issued. For example: on a 2017 Learning Plan, the CMLTA will recognize Learning Activities from September 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017 provided at least one Learning Objective is completed in 2017.
Completed Learning Plan
Regulated Members are bound by legislation to complete a minimum of three of their stated Learning Objectives. During the online MLT Practice Permit renewal, Regulated Members must declare whether or not Learning Objectives have been achieved on their annual Learning Plan. Regulated Members are instructed to annually record details of Learning Activities utilized to complete their Learning Plans on a CCP Activity Log.
Individuals may use any Learning Activity listed in the Documentation Guidelines for Learning Activities to complete their Learning Objectives.
An uncompleted Learning Objective may be applied to a subsequent year’s Learning Plan provided it is still supported by the Self-Assessment of Practice.
When a Learning Objective can no longer be completed due to a change in employer, area of practice, or an extenuating circumstance, the individual must submit a written request to make changes to their current Learning Plan to the Manager of Professional Practice and Competence/Deputy Registrar no later than August 1.
Learning Plan (version 3.0)
Effective for 2016 or prior completed Learning Plans.
A Learning Plan is a “contractual agreement” with the College to develop and/or enhance one’s professional knowledge, skills, judgements, and attitudes.
Learning Plans are based on the current or anticipated area of practice and are derived from the competencies identified in the Self-Assessment as either DEV (developmental) or DTL (desire to learn).
During the initial online MLT Practice Permit Renewal, members create a new Learning Plan for the upcoming registration year. Over the course of the registration year, members document learning activities undertaken to complete their Learning Objectives. In all subsequent renewal years, a new Learning Plan for the upcoming year and a completed Learning Plan from the previous registration year are required.
NEW LEARNING PLAN
A new Learning Plan consists of the following components:
Based on individual priority, members select three to six Competency Numbers identified through the Self-Assessment as DEV (developmental) or DTL (desire to learn) to create a new Learning Plan. The College allows members to select the same Competency Number for consecutive renewal years provided the Learning Objective(s) has/have a different focus and demonstrates a different element of learning from the previous year.
A specific statement describing the knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes an individual will acquire prior to the next registration year. A valid Learning Objective relates directly to the selected Competency Number, contains a detailed and measurable focus, and complements the current or anticipated area of practice. The College requires members to write specific and discrete Learning Objectives so each demonstrates a different focus and element of learning. Learning Objectives should be stated in specific terms to provide clarity to the intended outcome, but not so narrowly stated to limit attainability.
The SMART method is a simple, yet effective means to develop and ultimately complete Learning Objectives. The College applies the SMART method to each Learning Objective to determine validity/ acceptability. There are several interpretations of each letter in the SMART acronym; however, the College utilizes the following:
S Specific Objectives should be concrete, detailed, focused, and well defined.
M Measurable Make sure you can track your progress towards a goal.
A Attainable You have control over the outcome.
R Realistic A realistic goal is practical and reasonable.
T Timely Achievable within the next few months or within the year.
NOTE: A Learning Objective must be a statement on the topic or subject matter of the area selected for learning and not a statement about the projected resources which will be utilized. For example, “I will attend the CMLTA Annual General Meeting” is a Resource and Strategy, not a Learning Objective. An example of an acceptable Learning Objective would be “To strengthen my understanding of the CMLTA Bylaws and legislation”.
Resources and Strategies
The tools an individual utilizes to fulfill the Learning Objective. The College recognizes learning is achieved through many avenues dependent upon the preferred learning style of the member. Resources and Strategies could be people, literature, courses, policies, procedures, etc. The College acknowledges a learning activity may have several applications if the focus is broad, but members must identify discrete Resources and Strategies for each Learning Objective submitted.
For a listing of learning activities and associated documentation, please refer to Documentation Guidelines for Learning Activities.
Projected Professional Development
How an individual will apply this new knowledge and/or skill to their area of practice or how an individual will know or demonstrate they have met the stated Learning Objective. The following are examples of appropriate responses:
- I will develop a program/process/product.
- I will enhance critical thinking/decision making.
- I will improve communication skills.
A realistic time frame for achievement of the stated Learning Objective and assists an individual to coordinate learning activities with work, family, personal time, and other project commitments. The Target Date will vary depending upon the complexity and urgency of the Learning Objective. The College suggests all learning activities be undertaken during the year for which a MLT Practice Permit is issued; however, learning activities from September 1 prior to the registration year through December 31 of the registration year will be accepted, but a minimum of one Learning Objective must be completed in the year for which the MLT Practice Permit has been issued. For example, on a 2015 Learning Plan, the College will recognize learning activities from September 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015 provided at least one Learning Objective is completed in 2015.
COMPLETED LEARNING PLAN
Individuals are required to complete a minimum of three submitted Learning Objectives.
New: Effective with the 2015 completed Learning Plans, Members are only required to indicate (Yes or No) whether or not Learning Objectives have been achieved.
An uncompleted Learning Objective may be applied to a subsequent year’s Learning Plan provided it is still supported by the Self-Assessment.