Continuing Competence Program

Frequently Asked Questions

The CCP is inflexible and does not allow Regulated Members to apply learning opportunities unknown at the time of renewal. Why is the program structured in this manner?
In order to comply with legislation, Regulated Members must be proactive in their approach to learning and develop a Learning Plan prior to the upcoming registration year. The Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation stipulates:

Continuing competence program
12.2 As part of the continuing competence program, a regulated member must complete the following, on an annual basis, in a form satisfactory to the Registrar:

(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.

There are many formats of CCPs among the regulated health professions. There is a movement towards the CMLTA’s current format of Self-Assessment of Practice, whereby individuals identify competencies which may require growth or strengthening, and thereby apply a proactive approach to the development of Learning Plans.

I attend many continuing education activities which are not applicable to my Learning Plan. Does the CMLTA recognize these additional activities?
The CMLTA encourages individuals to attend all learning events which enhance one’s professional development and portfolio, even if an activity does not apply directly to a Learning Plan. The CMLTA appreciates that a Learning Plan is neither inclusive nor representative of all continuing education activities an MLT participates in throughout the year. The CMLTA emphasizes the CCP captures only the minimum mandatory education required to ensure compliance with the HPA.

Why did it become mandatory to complete a CCP Activity Log online when selected for a CCP Compliance Audit?
In 2014, audited individuals were provided the option to submit the required CCP Compliance Audit documentation by hard copy or by utilizing the new online Compliance Audit process. Approximately half of all audited individuals submitted their Compliance Audit documents, in part or whole, through the online process. Those individuals who utilized the online program were unanimously in favor of it, and commented on how simple it was to navigate once they sat down with an open mind to give it a try. In addition to the positive feedback, the online CCP Compliance Audit resulted in a streamlined process for the CMLTA and a decreased processing time. This was due to individuals being guided using a step-by-step process during the online CCP Compliance Audit as to which documentation the CMLTA actually needed – rather than submitting excess or unnecessary information. The decreased paper flow allowed staff more time to field questions regarding the CCP Compliance Audit. For these reasons, the CMLTA instituted mandatory online submission of all CCP Compliance Audits.

I completed my online CCP Activity Log, but I cannot figure out how to submit it to the CMLTA?
Regulated Members are encouraged to complete the CCP Activity Log in real-time; however, the submission of the CCP Activity Log is only activated once an individual is selected for (and notified of) a CCP Compliance Audit.

When can I access my CCP Activity Log?
The CCP Activity Log becomes available for data entries once a Regulated Member has submitted their applicable Learning Plan during the online renewal.

Why doesn’t the CMLTA simply require specific course completion rather than a Self-Assessment and a completed Learning Plan each year?
Literature suggests that “Adults are competency-based learners, meaning that they want to learn a skill or acquire knowledge that they can apply pragmatically to their individual circumstances. Life or work-related situations present a more appropriate framework for adult learning than academic or theoretical approaches (Edmunds, Lowe, Murray and Seymour, 1999).[1]” The CMLTA considers the current CCP, using the Self-Assessment of Practice to determine individual learning needs, to be a more practical and effectual tool for improving one’s competence than simply completing an arbitrary course.

[1] Edmunds, C., K. Lowe, M. Murray, and A. Seymour. 1999. The Ultimate Educator. Washington, DC: U.S.

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