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CCP Frequently Asked Questions


How do I submit my CCP?
CCP information including goals and competence reflections are submitted online in conjunction with registration renewal. Goals can be updated or changed at any time during the year. The Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) and the External Feedback to Support Learning components of the program can also be completed at any time during the year. You will need your registration number and password in order to login to the system. Enter via the “Member Login” button on the ACSLPA website home page. Please contact admin@acslpa.ab.ca or registration@acslpa.ab.ca if you require login information.


When do I submit my Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) and Continuing Competence Goal Tool (CCGT)? What about my external feedback submission?
A registered member must submit a CCGT anytime between October 1 and December 1 as part of registration renewal. The SAT should be completed/updated at least once every 3 years or when practice changes. It can be completed online at any time during the year by entering the online competence system (see “How do I submit my CCP?” for login information).

Members registered in 2014 or earlier have until December 1, 2017 to submit their first external feedback form. They may choose from one of three external feedback options which are described in the CCP Video Tutorial available on the ACSLPA website. Following this initial external feedback submission, registered members will be required to complete external feedback forms a minimum of once every 3 years.

From 2015 onwards, new registered members or members changing status from Non-practicing to Registered will be expected to participate in the CCP at the time of their first registration renewal. As with all other registered members, they will be expected to set at least one competence goal using the CCGT each year and complete a minimum of 1 of 3 external feedback options every 3 years. Completion of one of three external feedback options is required by the time of their third renewal as a registered member. New registered members will be expected to complete their first SAT in the first year of their participation in the CCP and then a minimum of once every 3 years thereafter or when practice changes. Members changing status from non-practicing to registered should also complete the SAT if they have been out of practice for 3 years or more, or if there has been a change in the practice to which they are returning.

An electronic reminder message will be sent to anyone who has not completed their external feedback requirement in January, and again in May, of year number three.


Is participation in the CCP mandatory?
Yes, participation is mandatory on renewal for all ACSLPA registered members. Participation includes completion of the Self-Assessment Tool at least once every three years and completion of the CCGT annually (in conjunction with registration renewal). Commencing in 2015, one of three external feedback to support learning options must also be completed a minimum of once every 3 years. Participation in the CCP is optional for members who were not in the registered category at any part of the year. New registered ACSLPA members, or regulated members changing their membership status from “Non-practicing” to “Registered”, should complete the SAT and must set at least one competence goal using the CCGT at the time of registration renewal. Completion of one of three external feedback options is required by the time of their third renewal as a registered member.

When should I contact my peer about providing external feedback on the case review form or the peer feedback form?

Follow the process, as follows:

  1. First, obtain your peer’s agreement to participate in the external feedback process (note that peers do NOT have to be registered SLPs or audiologists).
  2. Schedule time to discuss your goal or case, completing any meetings and/or clinical observations PRIOR to submitting a specific feedback form to your peer for their completion.
  3. Once you enter your peer’s email address on the form of your choice and click “submit”, they will receive an email with a link to the form. They will have 72 hours from the time they click on the link to complete the peer component of the form and submit it back to you.

*Tip to Share with Peers:

When a peer enters their feedback on a form and hits the “submit” button, a dialog box will open up asking them to confirm that they are ready to submit the form.

Please note: If your peer uses Google Chrome as their internet browser, they will be given the option to “prevent this page from creating additional dialogs”. They should NOT check this box as it will prevent them from accessing the dialog box that will allow them to send their peer feedback to you. If this box has been checked, they will need to restart their browser in order to gain access to the required dialog boxes.


Specifically, what information should the continuing competence goal tool (CCGT) component of my CCP contain?
At the time you set your learning goal(s), your CCGT should indicate what you would like to accomplish during the upcoming year. Only the goal statements and the “key learning activities I plan to complete to achieve this goal” need to be completed.

You can update your progress at any time during the year by entering the system and clicking “edit” for the specified goal. You can change an existing goal and/or enter comments in the area that says “please use this space to update your progress”. When it comes time for registration renewal, you can cut and paste this information into your reflection, should you choose to do so.

You can also add goals at any time during the year by clicking on the “add” button when you are in the “Continuing Competence Program Learning Objective(s)” section. Should you choose to edit an existing goal at any time during the year, just click the “edit” button for the goal you wish to alter.

During registration renewal, you must identify the actual activities you completed to achieve your learning goal(s), including an evaluation/reflection on your learning. If you completed an external feedback component, your reflection should also address this component of the CCP.

Additional information on completing your CCGT and examples can be found on the ACSLPA website under CCP Resources – CCP Guidelines and CCP Examples.


Do I need to complete a CCP if I'm not working at the moment?
If your registration status is “Non-practicing”, you are not required to complete a CCGT for the current competence year. You do, however, need to complete a CCGT for the last competence reporting period if you were a registered member during any part of the year. Regulated members changing their status from “Non-practicing” to “Registered” must complete the SAT and set at least one competence goal using the CCGT for their registration renewal. Following your first registration renewal, you will begin engaging in various learning activities to achieve your competence goal. You will also be required to complete 1 of 3 external feedback options linked to your goal by the time of your third renewal as a registered member.

If your registration status is “Registered” you are required to complete a CCGT for the last competence year and the current competence year even if you are currently on leave from work. According to the Health Professions Act, participation in the CCP is mandatory for all members on ACSLPA’s General Register. You may wish to select goals that will be achievable during a year that you are partially on leave. This could include selecting a goal that is part of your long-term goal or choosing a goal that can be accomplished within your available timeframe.


I'm currently on medical leave - what should I do?
To be temporarily exempted from participating in CCP, you will need to submit a note to ACSLPA from your physician. You will be required to participate upon the first renewal after your return to work.


I'm moving out of Alberta. Do I need to submit anything?
You need to complete a CCGT for any year or portion of a year that you were a registered member of ACSLPA. Even if you are no longer going to be a regulated member, it is recommended that you complete your CCGT prior to resigning from ACSLPA.


I just became a member of ACSLPA. Does the December 1 deadline apply to me?
New registered ACSLPA members must complete the SAT and set at least one competence goal using the CCGT at the time of registration renewal. Following your first registration renewal, you will begin engaging in various learning activities to achieve your competence goal. Completion of one of three external feedback options is required by the time of your third renewal as a registered member.


What should I do if my goals are no longer applicable to my situation?

Goals can be modified during a year if necessary to reflect your practice as it changes and evolves.


What if I can't accomplish my goal(s)?

If you are unable to accomplish your goal, you have the following options:
Provide an update of the activities that you were able to complete. If these were minimal or none:

Choose a new goal applicable to your practice that can be achieved within the competence year.
Please note that in accordance with legislation, participation in the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is mandatory for all members on the General Register and is a requirement for practice permit renewal; non-compliance is considered to be unprofessional conduct. Failure to participate in the CCP may result in not having your practice permit renewed or ultimately, a complaint of unprofessional conduct.


Financial constraints at my workplace are making it difficult to achieve my goals. Any suggestions?
We recognize that these are challenging times and it is important to have goals that are realistic and practical for your situation. Goals can be modified during a year if necessary to reflect your practice as it changes and evolves. Also, as listed in the “How I Plan to Achieve my goal” area of the CCGT form, there are many ways to accomplish your goals, including networking, experience and self-study, that don’t require a financial commitment.


My goal is something that cannot be accomplished in a year. How do I handle this?
You do not need to identify a goal that has to be completed in one year; it could be a long-term goal and carry over from year to year. However, each year you must set a short-term goal toward the long-term goal, and evaluate how progress on the goal has affected your practice. The evaluation may be used to reassess whether further learning is necessary.


What happens if I don't submit my CCP?
Every year, your CCGT must be submitted on or before December 1 as part of your registration renewal or your registration will not be renewed and you may not practice as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Alberta. Commencing in 2015, one of three External Feedback to Support Learning options must also be completed a minimum of once every 3 years. Members whose external feedback forms are coming due in a particular year will be notified. Participation in ACSLPA's CCP is a requirement of all registered members. Completion of one's CCGT, including goal setting, completion of learning activities to achieve the goal, and final reflection are a requirement of registration renewal. Completion of 1 of 3 external feedback options is required a minimum of once every three years; failure to comply could ultimately result in a complaint of unprofessional conduct.


How many continuing education credits are required for the ACSLPA competence program?
There is not a specific requirement for CE credits or units for the program. Rather, the focus is on setting, working toward and achieving competence goals set by the individual member for himself or herself. Members might participate in formal and informal activities to achieve the competence goal(s). These activities would be the process or procedural aspect of working toward the goal(s). The focus of the goal(s) will be the “reflection and evaluation” – how your practice changed on the basis of your activities, and reported annually to the College.


What happens if my CCP is audited?
Approximately 5-10% of member programs are randomly chosen each year for review. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the individual registered member is complying with the program requirements, and to ensure that ACSLPA monitors, adjusts and modifies the CCP program to reflect current practice.

All identifying information is removed from the CCP to protect member privacy. You will be informed that your program has been reviewed and will be notified of the results by email when the review is complete. Please note that the CCGT and external feedback (if completed that year) components of the program are audited; The SAT is reviewed at the discretion of the audit committee.