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Standard

The Continuing Competence Program of the College is established and consists of:

  • compulsory self-directed professional development activities, and
  • interviews, file reviews, practice visits, or other competence assessments.

Indicators

To demonstrate this standard, the regulated member will:

 a) Participate in appropriate learning activities to acquire competence in new areas of practice.

 b) Take necessary actions in situations when they are unable to provide safe and competent services until the necessary competence has been acquired (e.g., obtaining professional development in the form of coursework or supervision, or developing a learning plan that identifies and targets specific areas of learning).

 c) Successfully participate in the ACSLPA Continuing Competence Program (CCP) provided for in the Standards of Practice and in the Continuing Competence Program Manual.

Actions to be Taken

The following actions may be taken in accordance with this Continuing Competence Program and the applicable sections of the Health Professions Act.

a)  A regulated member who does not complete the annual self-directed professional development requirements in accordance with subsection 3.2(a) will be ineligible to renew their practice permit.

b)  If the Competence Committee considers that

1. a regulated member has not complied with one or more requirements under section 3.2(a),
2. the results of an assessment of a regulated member’s competence under section 3.2(b) are unsatisfactory, or
3. the regulated member fails to comply with either

 (i)  a direction given, or
(ii)  a condition imposed

by the Competence Committee, the Competence Committee may undertake any of the following, as appropriate in the circumstances:

4. direct a regulated member to undertake one or more actions as described in the Continuing Competence Program Manual within the time period specified by the Competence Committee,
5. impose conditions on the regulated member’s practice permit in accordance with the Health Professions Act.
6. refer a matter to the Complaints Director as a complaint, subject to the confidentiality provisions in the HPA, or
7. direct the Registrar to cancel the regulated member’s registration and practice permit.

Glossary

Active practice permit refers to “a practice permit issued to a regulated member under Part 2 of the Health Professions Act.”

Client refers toa recipient of speech-language pathology or audiology services, and may be an individual, family, group, community or population. An individual client may also be referred to as a patient.”

Competence refers to “the combined knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgement required to provide professional services.”

Competence Committee refers to “a committee established by the Council that consists of no fewer than 3 regulated members in accordance with section 10 of the Health Professions Act.”

Continuing Competence Program Manual refers to “a supplementary policy document that consolidates the pertinent details necessary for regulated members and the public to understand the Continuing Competence Program, how it is administered by ACSLPA, and what is required of regulated members to participate fully in the program.”

General register refers to “the speech-language pathologists’ general register and the audiologists’ general register established by the ACSLPA Council under section 33(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act.”

Professional services refers to “all actions and activities of a regulated member in the context of professional practice.”

Registrar refers to “the registrar of the College, appointed by the Council for the purposes of the Health Professions Act in accordance with section 8 of the Act.”

Regulated member refers to “an individual who is registered with ACSLPA.”