Regulation 101

Why do we have a CCP audit?

The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a mandated part of legislation.  Both the Health Professions Act (HPA) and the Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation speak to it with the detail of our CCP laid out in the latter.  Because Continuing Competence Programs are part of the HPA, all regulated health professionals in Alberta are required to comply with their College’s CCP.  Each College’s CCP is explained and elucidated within their respective regulations.  Continuing professional education is imperative to ensure that professionals maintain and expand their professional knowledge in a host of areas given the quickly evolving landscape of not only the technologies that we work with daily but the changes in our patient populations.

The regulations are further interpreted and enforced by the College’s Council’s policies.  Our Council has stated that in each CCP cycle, up to 20% of the membership must be selected for audit of their CCP.  The actual number is based upon what actual number of members 20% translates to in any one year and how long the Competence Committee took to assess the files in the previous audit.  For the last 3 years, 10% of the regulated membership has been randomly selected for CCP audit.  There are also people who have been directed to audit from the Registrar, Competence Committee or through the conduct process.  This audit direction is authorized by the legislation.

The audit of the 2017/18 CCP, conducted by the Competence Committee, is taking place October 25-26, 2018 in Edmonton.  242 members were selected for audit so the committee will have a very busy couple of days.

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