Each year of registration, members of the College of Dietitians of Alberta must submit their Continuing Competence Program (CCP) submissions online. Members are required to submit a minimum of two Learning Goals for each year of registration (with additional learning goals for each restricted activity authorization). Online CCP learning goal submissions consist of the following mandatory fields for each goal:
- Area of Competence
- Practice Competency
- Performance Indicator
- Learning Activities (minimum one, maximum three)
- Benefit to Practice
- Reflection on learning and competence enhancement for each learning goal (1,000 character limit)
The following suggestions are offered to members as a guide when completing the Continuing Competence Program and submitting reflections each renewal.
Members should select the practice competency and performance indicator from the area of competence that best represents their identified learning goal. The performance indicator can be broad in nature and you may choose to focus your learning goal on a specific component.
We recommend that members choose a variety of learning activities depending on their learning style and goals. You will be required to select an option from the drop-down list that best represents your specific learning activity. A minimum of one activity is required.
Benefit to Practice
Members must select one expected benefit to practice of achieving the CCP learning goal from the drop-down list.
- Clearly identify your learning goal relative to the performance indicator chosen.
For example, if you chose performance indicator 1.2 – Practices in compliance with professional standards, practice guidelines and codes, a learning goal would be written like this at the beginning of your reflection: Goal: to learn more about the code of ethics and boundary crossings.
- Briefly summarize your learning activities.
A summary of learning activities could be written like this:
Activities: Reviewed Professional Practice Handbook; made notes on boundary crossing; completed jurisprudence module; reviewed Code of Ethics, made notes, identified examples of ethical issues related to boundary crossing; lead lunch and learn to discuss code of ethics in practice.
- Briefly summarize what you learned from your activities.
I learned that I am responsible for managing client-professional relationships as I am in a position of power with clients. Talking with colleagues helped identify examples of the ethical challenges we face as professionals.
- Briefly state how you are more competent in your practice as a result of your learning, or how your practice as a professional has been enhanced.
I know I’m more competent because I used my learning to advise a colleague—her sister asked if her husband could see her regarding weight loss and lipid profile management. I suggested that it would constitute a “dual-relationship” and it would be safest to ask her brother-in-law to see another dietitian, rather than risk the personal relationship, especially related to confidentiality of information.
The College requests that each member provide sufficient information as part of their reflections, to help us understand:
- What your learning goal was related to the performance indicator you chose,
- What the learning activities were that you undertook (specifically),
- What you learned from those activities, and
- How practice or competence was enhanced as a result of your learning.
General Instructions for Completing your CCP
- When selecting a learning goal, choose only one practice competency and performance indicator to base each goal around.
- Ensure your goal is a learning goal.
- Write your goal with SMART characteristics in mind.
- Complete activities within the Continuing Competence year (April 1 to March 31).
- During reflection, please be clear and concise in your writing. Avoid the use of acronyms or terms that may not be understood by others. There is a 1,000-character limit on all reflections.
- Ensure your goals and activities are not job-related duties or responsibilities.
Once Learning Goals have been submitted following online registration renewal, members can view their submissions on their Member Login. Please note you will not be able to view the reflections. If you require a copy of your reflections, please print the CCP page prior to submitting your online renewal.
Each year, members will be required to submit CCP learning goals and reflections for the previous registration year as well as indicate what their proposed CCP learning goals will be for the upcoming registration year. Please note that the proposed learning goals can be updated at any time during the year by viewing your profile on the Member Login
We ask members to consider that, although we have made it easier to submit reflections through an online platform, members must continue to track learning activities, track verification of those activities and maintain good records in order to write a specific reflection, and for submission to the College in the case of an audit. We encourage members to utilize the CCP workbook/worksheets available online and to keep these in the case of an audit.
Please refer to the FAQ on Renewal and CCP page for answers to common renewal and CCP questions.