Continuing Competence Program
A Learning Plan is a self-directed learning path to maintain currency and enhance performance within the profession and to supplement inter-professional collaboration with other healthcare professions. Learning Plans are based on a 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).
A new Learning Plan must contain a minimum of three (3) up to a maximum of six (6) Learning Objectives for each registration year. A new Learning Plan contains the following elements:
- Learning Objectives – are the Enabling Competencies chosen by a Regulated Member to be included in a Learning Plan. Based on individual priority, Regulated Members select three (3) to six (6) Enabling Competencies identified through the Self-Assessment of Practice as Developmental/Advancing/Expanding (DEV) to be used as their 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. The CMLTA permits Regulated Members 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.
- 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 2019 Learning Plan, the CMLTA will recognize Learning Activities from September 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 provided at least one Learning Objective is completed in 2019.
Over the course of the registration year, a Regulated Member must document Learning Activities undertaken to satisfactorily complete a Learning Objective. A Regulated Member assumes personal responsibility for learning and evaluating progress in attaining specific competency goals.
A completed Learning Plan requires Regulated Members to complete and document a minimum of three (3) of the stated Learning Objectives. At the end of each registration year during the stipulated renewal period, a Regulated Member must submit a completed Learning Plan. An uncompleted Learning Objective may be applied to a subsequent year’s Learning Plan provided it is still relevant and supported by the Self-Assessment of Practice.
A supplemental and required tool for documentation (and a mandatory component for a CCP Compliance Audit) is the CCP Activity Log. The CCP Activity Log outlines the Learning Activities undertaken by a Regulated Member to complete a Learning Objective. Any Learning Activity listed in the Documentation Guidelines for Learning Activities may be utilized to complete a Learning Objective.
The intent of the CCP is to ensure learning is intentional, purposeful, and directly applicable to professional practice. Even in the face of change, the CCP requires that a Regulated Member is pro-active and seeks alternative learning solutions to comply with the CCP; however, it would be counterproductive to hold a Regulated Member accountable to a Learning Plan that is no longer relevant. If a Learning Objective can no longer be completed due to a change in employer, area of practice, or an extenuating circumstance, the Regulated Member must promptly submit a written request to make changes to a current Learning Plan to the Manager of Professional Practice and Competence/Deputy Registrar no later than August 1 of a given registration year.