Continuing Competence Program
In compliance with Part 3, Section 50 of the Health Professions Act, the CMLTA created a Continuing Competence Program (CCP) which came into effect in 2007. The CCP was a collaboration with Alberta Health, numerous MLTs, and other healthcare professions in the province. The CCP is a systematic means of assessing and tracking the ongoing knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes of practitioners applied in the MLT workplace. A structured and formal requirement for mandatory education benefits patient safety and public protection, but also has positive impacts for the individual MLT, including professional integrity, personal growth, career advancement, and the increased utilization and application of knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes. Sections 12.2, 12.3, and 12.4 of the Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation provide for an annual review and audit process to evaluate participation and the enforcement of the CCP with consequences for non-compliance. This legislation sets out the specific CCP requirements a Regulated Member must complete on an annual basis which include:
- A Self-Assessment based on the Competency Profile developed by the CMLTA indicating the areas where continuing competence activities are to be undertaken by a Regulated Member in the next registration year;
- 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; and
- A completed Learning Plan from the previous registration year documenting the competence activities that were completed.
The CCP represents the minimum mandatory continuing education a Regulated Member 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 practitioner. The regulatory mandate of the CMLTA includes a provision for the development and administration of a CCP; however, it does not mandate the CMLTA to provide continuing education and professional development opportunities for Regulated Members. It is also important to note that the CCP is not static and evolves from time to time in response to regulatory, legal, and ethical expectations.
The CCP has several components including:
- MLT Competency Profile
- Self-Assessment of Practice
- New Learning Plan
- Completed Learning Plan (and corresponding Activity Log)
To ensure timeliness, fairness, and to meet fiduciary responsibilities, the CMLTA uses electronic means (email) as the primary source for all communication. All Regulated Members are responsible for receiving, reviewing, and where necessary; responding to all communications from the CMLTA.