| Amended CE Reporting Periods
(July 17, 2015) With proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007 on July 1, 2015, the College’s Quality Assurance (QA) Committee has made an important change for the reporting of continuing education and professional development credits. This change affects all members in the Group I reporting cycle.
QA is a requirement for members of every health regulatory college. For health care professionals, ongoing learning and improvement is essential. That’s part of protecting the public.
Through the QA program, the College gives NDs the tools and feedback to continually enhance their knowledge and skills. NDs also have to participate in a minimum of 70 hours of continuing education (CE) over a three-year cycle.
Reporting cycles are determined by initial year of registration. For the purposes of reporting, the College has divided members into three groups. Each year, one-third of the membership is required to report. See the reporting cycle table to determine your group.
For all members, the first CE cycle began on April 1, 2014. From that point on, members can use any CE credits collected to fulfill the credit requirements for their first reporting cycle.
Updated reporting cycles
The schedule for reporting these credits is as follows:
- Group II – September 30, 2016 (report on two-thirds of the 70 credits)
- Group III – September 30, 2017 (report on all 70 credits)
- Group I – September 30, 2018 (report on all 70 credits)
Group I was previously scheduled to report on September 30, 2015. However, given that proximity to the July 1 proclamation date, the QA Committee decided that deferring the reporting date will help to ensure maximum compliance. The QA Committee did not want to impose the reporting requirement at the same time as members are transitioning to other requirements as part of the College.
For Group II, reporting on two-thirds of the credits is part of the phasing in of the reporting cycle, as 2014-2016 represents two years of the typical three-year cycle.
All members who hold a General Certificate of Registration must participate in continuing education and professional development. This includes engaging in relevant activities, submitting a summary log of those activities, and submitting supporting documentation (when selected) to verify participation in CE activities.
There are two categories of credit requirements:
- A: Core Activities – 30 credits in pre-approved structured learning activities related to the clinical competencies of the profession.
- B: Self-Directed Activities – 40 credits in professional development activities of any type and area the member chooses.
The date for all reporting is fixed at September 30. So going forward, all new reporting cycles will start on October 1 of the year reporting.
Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, all colleges are required to have a QA program. The College has created a QA Regulation, and benchmarked several related health professions to develop a comprehensive program.
For much more on quality assurance requirements, please review the QA content in the members section of the College website. You’ll find a program overview, FAQs, detailed descriptions the three QA components (self-assessment, continuing education, and peer and practice assessment), and information on the professional portfolio.