Every year, a percentage of Licensed Practical Nurses are selected by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) for the Continuing Competence Program Audit.
This regulatory-required process typically runs May 1 to June 30, 2020, a period which this year is projected to be the peak of the expected COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta.
The CLPNA recognizes that public health requirements may impact the ability of LPNs to participate in the annual audit process during this time and for that reason, the 2020 audit is postponed. When the Audit proceeds will be communicated as the situation develops.
The Continuing Competence Program requires LPNs to submit a learning plan during Registration Renewal and to complete the stated learning plan during the registration year. During the Audit, LPNs are asked to verify that they have completed this learning plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to participate in the Continuing Competence Program this year?
Yes, the CLPNA expects all Licensed Practical Nurses to participate in the Continuing Competence Program this year. Annual participation in the CCP demonstrates a commitment by members of the profession to maintain and/or improve knowledge and skill. It is only the CCP Audit, originally scheduled for May – June 2020, which is postponed.
2. Does this mean that I don’t need to complete my Learning Plan for 2020?
LPNs are expected to complete their Learning Plan for 2020.
3. How much warning will we get when the Audit is back on?
The CLPNA is committed to providing Licensed Practical Nurses with as much time as possible to ensure they can complete this year’s Audit on time (before Registration Renewal begins on October 1, 2020).
4. How will I know I am chosen for the 2020 CCP Audit?
Members will be notified by email that is currently on their CLPNA file. Please ensure all contact information is up to date by logging into myCLPNA.com.
5. How will the audit process change if the pandemic continues?
As it is unknown when the pandemic will end, CLPNA will keep members informed of any changes as this information becomes available.
6. How may this affect future Audits?
The changes to the 2020 CCP Audit are for this year only. CLPNA does do not anticipate the changes to the 2020 CCP Audit due to the COVID 19 pandemic to affect next year’s Audit process.
7. Does this mean I won’t have to pay a levy if my audit submission is late?
The CCP Audit process is 60 days, giving members ample time for completion. Submissions received after the deadline will be subject to a registration levy of $100. LPNs are encouraged to complete the Audit within the timelines provided to avoid additional costs and delays for the 2021 Registration Renewal beginning October 1, 2020.
8. How will this affect my 2021 Registration Renewal, and will I have to pay a late fee if my renewal is late because of the Audit?
The Audit submission deadline will be before the launch of Registration Renewal and members will be given 60 days to complete. LPNs are responsible for ensuring their Audit requirements are met before the Registration Renewal deadline to avoid additional costs or delays.
9. What if I can’t complete my Audit or provide verification of my learning because I lost my job or was reassigned because of the pandemic?
It is important to document the learning as the learning activity is completed. This includes keeping evidence of participation in the activity. The CLPNA’s member’s website at www.myCLPNA.com provides a tool to track learning activities under “My Learning”. Alternatively, LPNs may choose to document their learning using other organized formats.
10. What if I wasn’t able to work enough practice hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
This year’s CCP Audit requires verification of practice hours worked in 2019 as declared on the 2020 Registration Renewal application. The current pandemic does not apply.