Having a Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a requirement for all regulated health professions within the Health Professions Act (the HPA), Section 50(2)(a). The CCP is one of the ways regulatory Colleges in Alberta ensure that the public receives safe, competent and ethical services from their regulated health professionals. As a means of demonstrating continuing competence and enhancement of professional services, each year during renewal occupational therapists must complete and submit all the CCP requirements prior to receiving their practice permit.
During renewal in January/February 2024, occupational therapists will engage in two versions of the CCP; they will wrap up the old 2023/2024 CCP, which aligns to ACOT’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and initiate the new 2024/2025 Refreshed CCP which aligns to the Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada (ACOTRO, ACOTUP & CAOT, 2021).
The Refreshed CCP features two main requirements, a Member Selected Goal, and a College Selected Annual Mandatory Training Activity. The Refreshed CCP continues to use a reflective practice approach where occupational therapists engage in a self-directed, structured, and purposeful examination of their knowledge, skills, attitudes, judgments, and personal experiences.
During renewal in January/February 2024, Occupational therapists will articulate a yearly Intention for learning using the Refreshed CCP template. They will identify one goal, describe why this goal was selected and how they plan to achieve their goal. They will identify the Domain within the Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada (2021) that aligns to the competencies their Intention will target.
Starting March 1, 2024, through to renewal, occupational therapists will complete the learning activities related to their Intention that contribute to enhancing their competence. This is the Action component. Occupational therapists are only required to reflect on and articulate one Learning Activity Record.
Occupational therapists will Review their progress during the subsequent renewal period. They will report on their goal status and reflect on what they have learned over the past renewal year from the activities they completed in relation to their goal. With reference to the Competencies of Occupational Therapists in Canada (2021), occupational therapists will illustrate how the goal enhanced their competence with respect to at least one Indicator for the Domain selected. Occupational therapists will then identify which Draft Standard of Practice or Draft Code of Ethics was addressed by participating in this goal.
The College Selected Mandatory Training will commence March 1, 2024. Occupational therapists are required to complete a 25-question, open book, SoP/CoE Module taken online, at least once prior to renewal in 2025. The SoP/CoE Module was designed to enhance an occupational therapist’s knowledge on applying the Draft Standards of Practice and Draft Code of Ethics to practice scenarios using multiple choice, true/false and case-based questions.
The 2023/2024 CCP, uses a reflective practice approach where occupational therapists assess and reflect on how their practice adheres to the College’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Occupational therapists set up to three goals and select learning activities to achieve those goals. Throughout the year, they reflect on and record how the learning activities undertaken have enhanced or evolved their practice. How each of these requirements is met in the ACOT CCP and the timelines occupational therapists are expected to complete them, is depicted in the visual below.
**Note: As of March 1, 2024 this version of the CCP will be discontinued. It will be replaced by the Refreshed CCP. **