CCP Transition FAQs

Transition of
Continuing Professional Development
Continuing Competence Program

RPNAS is transitioning from a Continuing Professional Development process of obtaining 10 credit hours to a Continuing Competence Program based on a reflective review process. Information pertaining to this transition is addressed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is RPNAS changing the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program?

In keeping with best practice research and in alignment with other health regulators, the CPD program is moving away from submission of CPD credits to a continuing competence planning and implementation program based on standards and competencies for self-assessment.  

Evidence suggests that continuing competence programs are most effective when clear links are made between a professional’s learning and their professional practice.

RPNAS Council approved the change in December 2020.

When is the new RPNAS Continuing Competence Program (CCP) effective?

The new RPNAS CCP will come into effect January 1, 2022.

Do I have to participate in and submit CPD credits in 2021?

Yes. This is the last year that CPD credits will be required to renew or reinstate a practicing registration.

Members will be required to participate in CPD activities for 2021 and submit them when renewing registration in autumn 2021.

Members who are reinstating to a practicing registration during 2021 will also be required to submit 10 credits.

Can I hold over credits into 2022?

The provision whereby credits could be held over into a subsequent registration year will no longer exist as RPNAS transitions to the new program in 2022 and eliminates the use of continuing development credits. After January 1, 2022, the CPD renewal requirements will be different.

Will RPNAS audit in 2022?

RPNAS is required to monitor the continuing competence program and will audit 2021 CPD submissions from selected members for compliance.

How will RPNAS communicate information about the new program?

RPNAS is continuing to develop the new program and will be implementing educational strategies in the summer of 2021. Email announcements will be sent to members over the coming months. Please monitor your email for key information from RPNAS.

The key method of communication from RPNAS to members is through email. Please ensure that you keep your contact information updated in the Member Online Self-Service. If you are not receiving emails from RPNAS please check your spam or junk folder and set RPNAS as a safe sender and domain within your junk email settings.

Approved April 2021