College Launches Revised Continuing Competence Program

By May 1, 2017News
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The College is pleased to announce the launch of the revised Continuing Competence Program (CCP). The revised CCP is now in effect.

Introduced in 2009 and mandatory for all College members, the CCP is one way that the College assures quality with respect to the practice of the professions of social work and social service work and promotes ethical and professional practice. An important goal of the program is to encourage College members to strive for excellence in their practice while adhering to the Standards of Practice.

Evaluating the CCP

The College completed an evaluation of the CCP in 2014, the results of which informed changes to the program which were approved by Council in December 2016.

The CCP evaluation results suggested that members highly value ongoing professional development and believe that the CCP assists them in maintaining their competence and currency. The feedback also indicated that some members are unclear about the kinds of learning activities that they may engage in as part of the program. Some were unclear that experiential and self-directed learning activities (as well as conferences, workshops and online learning) are accepted.

The evaluation results showed that, on average, members are spending 105 hours annually participating in learning activities such as attending workshops or courses, reading journals and supervising students. Some members also indicated that they felt that the CCP documents themselves could be made more user-friendly.

What has changed?

The revised CCP is easier to complete and requires fewer steps. It continues to take a self-directed, adult learning approach.

As regulated professionals, all College members are accountable for their practice and their ongoing professional development. Under the revised CCP, all members of the College – including those who are not currently practising, are Inactive members, are on maternity, parental or sick leave, or who registered late in the year – are still required to participate in the program

The following four steps are required to complete the CCP:

Step 1 – Review The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook, Second Edition, 2008 and any other document posted for review this year, reflect on the Standards of Practice, and complete the checklist.

Step 2 – Complete the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), identify your strengths, consider learning needs, seek feedback and develop learning goals.

Step 3 – Transfer your learning goals to the Professional Development Plan (PDP), identify and complete the learning activities, and retain all CCP documentation in your portfolio as proof of completion.

Step 4 – Complete the Declaration of Participation and think about the goals and learning activities you will undertake next year.

Complete the above steps each year.

The revised CCP responds to feedback received in the course of the evaluation. The CCP is a valuable tool to assist members in identifying learning needs and goals, tracking learning activities, and ensuring that they remain competent and current in their practice. We hope that the changes to the CCP will assist members in understanding and making better use of this key College program.

Learn more about the revised CCP

Professional Practice Department staff is pleased to assist members who have questions about their CCP.

For further information, please visit the CCP webpage or contact the Professional Practice Department at

The Steps Involved in Completing the Continuing Competence Program (CCP)


  • Review The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook, Second Edition, 2008 and any other documents posted for review in this CCP year.
  • Reflect on the standards as they relate to your practice or your readiness
  • Complete the checklist to indicate that you have completed the review


Complete the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) by:

  • Identifying your strenghts
  • Asking a peer, colleague, supervisor and/or client for feedback (if applicable)
  • Considering your learning needs and interests
  • Developing learning goal(s)


  • Transfer your learning goal(s) to the Professional Development Plan (PDP)
  • Determine the learning activities/experiences you will complete to meet your learning goal(s)
  • Complete each learning activity/experience and record it on the PDP
  • Retain all documentation (receipts, certificates, slides, etc.) as proof of completion of your learning activities


  • Complete the Declaration of Participation in the CCP as part of the Annual Renewal of Registration process
  • Retain all CCP documents in your CCP Portfolio1 for seven years
  • Begin to think about goals and learning activities you will undertake as part of the CCP in the year to come
  • Complete these steps each year in order to comply with the College’s CCP requirements
1. Your CCP Portfolio includes the Standards of Practice Checklist, the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), and the Professional Development Plan (PDP), as well as documentation as proof of completion of your learning activities.