Continuing Education and Competency Program - Learning Plan
Keep your Learning Plan and supporting documents in your records. If you are selected for an audit, you will be required to provide those documents to the Audit Committee. Reading the CEC instructions will help you develop and record your learning plan properly. To help you out, along with the learning plan form, we are providing a filled-out sample for a learning goal.
The Learning Plan and Activity Tracking forms and learning plan samples for each profession are available in the HMS, under the Continuing Competency tab.
The point of the learning plan is to give you an opportunity to identify areas where you may want or need additional information so you may remain competent in your practice setting. The learning plan contains personalized strategies designed to help you set, meet, and evaluate your professional development or learning goals. The learning plan has four components:
- Learning goals
- Reflective Practice (impact on practice and client outcomes)
The planning process can help you investigate methods of acquiring the skills, knowledge, and/or experience which is required for your role, or the role you aspire to have. Learning plans can be based on the completion of formal education programs or from informal ways such as:
- staff meetings;
- consultations with other care providers;
- mentoring learners or new graduates/employees; or,
- participating in a research-based project, case preparation or a College committee or Council.
Developing Your Learning Plan
One of the easiest ways of doing this is to time the learning plan development, implementation and evaluation with your annual registration renewal.
- Before developing your yearly learning plan (July)
- Complete a self-assessment of your competency.
- Review last year's learning plan (if applicable).
- Identify learning goals (July - August)
- Identify two learning goals for the coming year, each aligned with one of the practice standards for your profession.
- Establish a time frame for completing your learning goals.
- Describe why you consider the learning goal to be relevant to your profession's practice.
- Outline the activities that will assist you in meeting your learning goals.
- Clarify how your learning will help improve your practice and client outcomes.
- Begin the process of implementing your learning plan.
- Track your activities (August - June)
- Keep track of the activities you are undertaking to achieve your identified learning goals. A minimum of 20 (twenty) credit hours of learning activities is required annually.
- Assess and reflect (May - June)
- Identify what you have learned by meeting your learning goals; and
- Reflect upon your process, thinking about how your practice and client outcomes have improved as a result of completing the learning plan.
- Repeat the process above each year.
- Keeping a record of professional activities can help you keep track of what you have completed.
- It is also important that you keep a summary of key learning points from each activity as this will be helpful at the end of the year when you are reflecting on the overall impact of your learning.