Continuing Competency Program

What is the Continuing Competency Program?

The Quality Assurance Committee is authorized by the Health Professions Act (HPA) and College Bylaws to administer a continuing competency program in order to promote high practice standards amongst registrants. The Continuing Competency Program is a mandatory program for ongoing self-directed learning with which all registrants of the College of Psychologists are required to comply. The specific requirements for the Continuing Competency Program are set out in the policy document entitled Continuing Competency Program Requirements (Effective January 1, 2018).

Registrants should note that compliance with the Continuing Competency Program is required by the Code of Conduct, that a valid declaration of compliance is a requirement under the College Bylaws for registration renewal each year, and that the College is authorized under the College Bylaws to audit randomly selected registrants to ensure compliance. The Quality Assurance Committee conducts a random audit on an annual basis to ensure registrants maintain compliance with the Continuing Competency Program.

Registrants should ensure they are in compliance each year with the Continuing Competency Program and keep a record of their activities over the year for ease of record production in the event that they are chosen as part of the annual audit. A link to a log sheet is provided below to assist registrants in maintaining and producing a record of their continuing competency activities.

Continuing Competency Program Requirements Accommodations

In recognition that conferences and other in-person learning events have been cancelled and/or moved to an online format, the Quality Assurance Committee wishes to notify registrants that for the 2020 and 2021 practice years the following accommodations will be made to Category A: Direct Participatory, Formal Programs of the Continuing Competency Program Requirements.

The defining characteristics and purpose of Category A will remain as stated:

Intent: For registrants to learn new information regarding the practice of psychology.

Modal Activities: Annual and special meetings of the College, annual meetings of professional associations of psychology, or learning opportunities such as conferences, courses, and workshops that are sponsored by learning institutes. Typical characteristics include: the event is planned in advance; speakers have professional credentials in mental health, health, or industrial/ organizational behaviour; printed documentation is provided; a registration fee is typically charged.

Please note that the requirement to attend in person has been modified in acknowledgement that in-person participation in these kinds of events is unlikely to be possible in this calendar year. For 2020 and 2021, registrants may include for Category A the following:

  1. CPA/APA sponsored / approved online-courses will continue to be considered direct participatory, formal programs.
  2. An alternate professional accrediting body in the registrant’s area of specialization may be a satisfactory substitute in place of CPA/APA approval, as before.
  3. Other online learning opportunities that meet the modal activities and typical characteristics as outlined above will be considered direct participatory, formal programs.
  4. Online learning not meeting the above three criteria may still be credited towards Category B: Self Study.

Please take a moment to consult the Sample Log sheet to ensure you are documenting your activities adequately.

Links to Important Continuing Competency Program Documents

FAQs Regarding the Continuing Competency Program

Please click here for the link to Registrant FAQs to search for FAQs about the Continuing Competency Program.