Quality Assurance Continuing Education Program

The primary objective of the Quality Assurance Program is to provide the members of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge base and clinical skills and encourage excellence in the delivery of care to the public.

The Continuing Education Program (CEP) is one component of the Quality Assurance Program that is mandated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. The CEP was re-designed in response to members’ feedback and revised to incorporate a wide variety of learning styles and recognize regional disparity of valid educational courses. We have simplified the educational activities into two broad categories, designed a self-assessment tool for self-directed learning, and included an outcomes coding section. We hope that this will encourage each member to critically assess their own learning activities and how those activities translate to a positive change in their practice. We urge members to incorporate this program into their own individual lifelong learning plans.

Continuing Education Cycle

Each member is required to record their educational activities on a log for a two-year cycle, completing a minimum of fifty (50) credit hours during this period. The current cycle began on January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2017.

According to section 28 (3) of the General Regulation, if you are a new member of the College who has registered part way through a CE cycle, the number of credits you need is prorated from the time of your registration. It reads as follows:

(3) If a member is registered or reinstated at any time after the beginning of a continuing education cycle, the number of continuing education credits that the member is required to obtain during the cycle is prorated to the time remaining in the cycle at the time of the registration or reinstatement. O. Reg. 183/99, s. 1.

Self-Assessment Tool

The SAT is to be used in conjunction with the CE Log to encourage and guide continuous learning. It’s a document that will help you summarize your strengths and opportunities to enhance the various skills, knowledge and abilities that you need to perform your job today and in the future.

The SAT has been developed on the basis of Standards of Practice, Competencies, Code of Ethics, Provincial and College Regulations and Guidelines. The SAT was re-designed in response to recent members’ feedback. It is now shorter and easier to use. A copy of the longer format of the SAT will be available for those members who like its detailed format. Please contact the College to obtain a copy.

The SAT is applicable to all members. Members are asked to compare their performance to other members (within their membership class) in the areas of communication skills, record keeping, collaboration, research principles, and clinical and theoretical knowledge. An action plan can be developed from this self-assessment. This tool is not a test, but a guide to define individual learning objectives. All members should expect that some areas require educational growth, regardless of their experience, education or competence. Each member must complete a minimum of one (1) self-assessment during each CE cycle, and retain the completed SAT in his/her files.

Self-Assessment Tool
Form No. 02 (PDF format)

Continuing Education Activities

Continuing educational activities must directly relate to the practice of Chiropody or Podiatry. Continuing education is intended to lead to an increase in competence, and to enhance the delivery of care to the public.

One hour of credit will be accepted for one hour of participation in an educational activity. Educational activities must be completed in two categories.

Category A
Structured Programs Lecture style programs provided by a recognized educational institution or other regulated health professional group or association. A minimum of twenty (20) credit hours must be completed in this category. Recognized providers of Category A may include accredited universities, Michener Institute, American Podiatric Medical Association’s approved providers, Ontario Society of Chiropodists, Ontario Podiatric Medical Association, and Canadian Federation of Foot Specialists.
Category B
Other Educational Activities This category includes lectures, workshops, supplier\provider programs and self-directed independent learning activities such as journal reviews, recorded materials, mentorships, professional readings. Members may record a maximum of thirty (30) hours in this category per cycle.
Continuing Education Log

Your new CE Log for the current two-year cycle (January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017) is the same as the one used in the last cycle. However, the outcome measure is now one simple question, “How useful was this course in bringing a positive change into your practice?”

Please complete your CE Log with as much detail as possible for each description of educational activity. For example, describe each course attended during a three-day conference, rather than just identifying a provider conference. In the outcomes code column, you can evaluate the level to which each educational activity has helped bring about a positive change in the practical setting.

You are required to retain proof of completion of activities: receipts, course materials and certifications. Such documents should be stored with the CE Log for a period of five (5) cycles (10 years). Following completion of this upcoming cycle, up to ten (10) percent of registrants will be asked to submit their CE Logs with all supporting materials (e.g. copies of receipts, diplomas and certificates) for evaluation by the QA Committee. Feedback will be provided to each member evaluated.

Continuing Education Log
Form No. 01 (PDF format)