According to the Health Professions Act, Part 1 Section 16 (2)(e), one of the duties and objectives of a College is “to establish and maintain a continuing competency program to promote high practice standards amongst registrants.” The continuing competency program is one of several quality assurance initiatives of the College designed to promote quality practice for the public’s protection and to maintain the public’s trust in BC opticians.
We've been working over the past few years on developing a new continuing competency program (CCP) to provide opticians the tools to plan and focus an optician's professional growth and learning goals. Opticians will no longer be required to meet credit requirements. Instead, the new CCP will help opticians continue to be a competent professional by:
At the start of each continuing competency cycle, opticians will complete an online assessment that is based on the national competencies for Canadian Opticians. This online assessment will generate a competency profile that will list an optician's strong competencies and areas of development. Having a competency profile will help opticians identify what they need to work on and help direct opticians to the appropriate activities to work on areas that need development.
Finding out which competencies opticians exceed in, meet expectations in, or require development in;
- Creating a learning plan for development to focus an optician's professional development; and
- Providing the opportunity for professional growth reflection.
Opticians will work on at least 2 learning goals annually based on competencies that need development. These goals are SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely). Opticians will work on activities to achieve their learning goals. Then opticians will reflect on how these activities helped develop their skills and knowledge and improve their practice.
Once an optician has completed development in the core optician competencies, s/he can move onto working on developing advanced areas of practice. Opticians will be recognized for those advanced areas of practice, for example specializing in low vision.
As an optician, the new CCP will provide you the data you need to focus and plan your professional progress. In addition, it will assure the public that opticians are staying competent throughout the length of their career.
Starting in 2018, opticians will change to the new CCP. Start dates:
Opticians from other CE cycles can also voluntarily change to the new CCP to start the new program sooner. By 2020, all opticians will be on the new CCP.
- January 1, 2018 - CE cycle 2
- January 1, 2019 - CE cycle 3
- January 1, 2020 - CE cycle 1
Stay tuned, over the next few months as we will be announcing more exciting details about the program and program implementation. We're also excited to announce that opticians will be able to manage their continuing competency online through their registrant profile. We will also be providing support for opticians during this important transition.
For more newsletter articles about the new CCP and how it was developed, click here.