Each year, as part of the CLPNA’s annual Registration Renewal, Licensed Practical Nurses are required to participate in the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) in order to continue to be eligible for registration the following year.
The Continuing Competence Program, developed by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), is built around a four-part framework: self-assessment, a learning plan, continuing competence activities, and an audit that validates commitment to individual professional growth.
Self-assessment is the process where LPNs reflect on knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgments they currently demonstrate. Continuing competence goals are identified in areas of practice that require further education or an increase in knowledge and competence.
The learning plan is then developed from the continuing competence goals identified for the upcoming registration year. It is a useful tool to plan and manage continuing competence goals as related to maintaining or enhancing nursing knowledge and practice. LPNs verify a learning plan that states the continuing competence goals for the current registration year and create a learning plan for the following registration year.
A learning plan includes four components:
- identifies a minimum of two goals,
- continuing competence activities that will be undertaken to meet each goal,
- a target date for meeting the goal,
- an evaluation of how knowledge, skills, abilities may change as a result of the learning.
A learning plan is an individualized set of learning goals, based on the Competency Profile for LPNs, and depends on the nurse’s role and responsibilities in practice. LPNs are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Competency Profile in order to be prepared to set goals for the next registration year.