Continuing competence program
Changes to continuing competence program (CCP) requirements
What changes have been made to the CCP requirements?
Registrants are no longer required to submit their CCP requirements through CARNA’s online MyCCP platform.
Registrants will now attest to completing their CCP requirements on the renewal application.
Why are these changes being made?
Previously, registrants had to complete a comprehensive process to demonstrate they had fulfilled their CCP requirements each year. The detailed process was often confusing and time-consuming.
As a right-touch regulator, CARNA is committed to being responsive and agile to events in our society and health system. Using a right-touch approach, CARNA adapted the CCP requirements to make them more proportionate and efficient.
When do these changes come into effect?
The changes come into effect immediately. The 2021-2022 renewal application was updated to include information that enables registrants to attest to fulfilling their CCP requirements.
What does it mean to attest to fulfilling CCP requirements?
By attesting to fulfilling your CCP requirements on the renewal application, registrants are declaring that they have completed all of the CCP requirements.
The following image illustrates what registrants will see on the renewal application.
With the changes, are registrants still required to complete CCP requirements?
Yes. Registered nurses, certified graduate nurses and nurse practitioners are still required to fulfill CCP requirements as part of their renewal. This includes:
- Completing a self-assessment of their nursing practice based on the Practice Standards for Regulated Members. This self-assessment is based on this practice year only.
- Collecting and recording feedback from a colleague or other stakeholder about their nursing practice.
- Developing a learning plan based on their self-assessment and the feedback they received.
- Engaging in learning activities to implement their learning plan.
- Evaluating their learning plan to ensure it was implemented successfully and to describe the impact it had on their nursing practice.
- Nurse practitioners must also complete a self-assessment of their practice based on the Entry-Level Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Canada.
Registrants must complete the requirements outlined above. They are not required to submit this information or any other CCP documentation through CARNA’s MyCCP platform.
Are there any tools that registrants can use to help them complete their CCP requirements?
Will there be a CCP audit this year?
No. CARNA has suspended the audit process for the 2021-2022 practice year. CARNA will review the audit process using a right-touch approach and make adjustments using right-touch principles to improve its effectiveness. The audit process will be re-instituted for the 2022-2023 practice year.
Will the changes to CCP requirements continue to protect the public?
Yes. CARNA’s decision to change CCP requirements was based on a comprehensive analysis of the Health Professions Act (HPA), the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation, competence assessment rules and bylaws/governance policies.
The changes to CARNA’s CCP requirements fulfill provisions in the HPA, regulation, competence assessment rules and bylaws/governance policies.
The new approach continues to protect the public.
Other than attesting to completing the CCP requirements on the renewal application, do registrants need to submit any documents to verify completion of the CCP requirements?
No. Registrants are not required to submit any information to CARNA unless they are specifically requested.
Attesting to completing CCP requirements on the renewal application is all that is required.
Registrants should still keep records of completing their CCP requirements (e.g. self-assessment, learning plan, etc.) for five years.
What if registrants already completed and submitted my CCP documents for this year under the previous process?
No additional information/documentation is required from registrants. Registrants will simply need to attest to fulfilling the CCP requirements during their renewal application process.