Is CCP participation mandatory?

Yes. Participation in the CCP every year is mandatory for all LPNs. It is a requirement for annual renewal of registration. The requirement is set out in the CLPNM Practice Direction: Continuing Competence Program. (Note: the CLPNM’s practice directions were formerly referred to as regulatory bulletins. The name change does not change the effect of these documents.)

When must I participate in the CCP?
You are expected to participate in the CCP as soon as you are registered with the CLPNM. You will then continue to participate each year as long as you maintain your active practising registration with the CLPNM, regardless of your employment status. You are required to meet the requirements of the CCP each year, whether or not you are selected for the CCP Audit.
I’ve been off work. Am I still expected to participate in the CCP and audit?
Yes. Maintaining and building your competence as a nurse is a requirement for maintaining your registration with the CLPNM. If you are off work, but intend to remain registered as an LPN with the CLPNM, you must meet the requirements of the CCP.
If I run out of space in the Learning Plan Template, can I create a separate document?
Yes. The Learning Plan Template is provided as a fillable PDF form. If it does not provide enough space for you, you may create a learning plan in another document as long as it includes all of the same information. For further information, please refer to the Learning Plan section in the CCP Instruction Guide.
How is my CCP participation verified?
Each year, during registration renewal, you will be asked to declare whether you have participated in the CCP. Please note that your declaration may be verified by the CLPNM at any time. Continuing competence activities are also verified each year through the CCP Audit.
Why was I audited last year and then again this year?
The CCP Audit runs in four-year cycles. Each year, a random list is generated including ten percent (10%) of active practising registrants. After a registrant is chosen for an audit, their name is removed from the list for the remainder of that four-year cycle. However, if you were selected at the end of one cycle, and then again at the beginning of the next, it is possible that you will be audited two years in a row.
I submitted my documents by the renewal deadline. Does that mean I've met the requirements of the audit?
No. Although the documents required for the CCP Audit are due by the registration renewal deadline, they will not be reviewed and assessed until the audit takes place the following winter. Only after the audit is complete will you be advised by the CLPNM, by email, if you have met the requirements of the CCP and of the audit. Please review the dates listed on page 8 of the CCP Instruction Guide.
Can I request an exemption?

As long as you hold registration with the CLPNM, there are no exemptions from participating in the CCP. However, on rare occasions exemptions from the CCP Audit may be granted by the Executive Director if there is an extenuating circumstance, such as a significant personal health- related issue, that interferes with your ability to participate in the audit. Travel or a busy work schedule will not be reason enough for an exemption.

You should be aware that, if you request an exemption, the CLPNM must also assess whether the circumstances prompting the request may indicate concerns about your fitness to practice and your suitability to remain on the active practising register. Note that any person granted an exemption will be returned to the audit pool for future years.

If you plan to request an exemption, you are strongly encouraged to do so by October 1. If your request is denied, this will leave you enough time to submit your CCP materials before the November 1 deadline so you can avoid late registration fees. Your request must be made in writing and addressed to the Executive Director. Evidence supporting your extenuating circumstance will be required.

I was granted a provisional registration. What does that mean?
A provisional registration means that your registration for the coming year is dependent on the results of the audit. If the audit confirms you have met all the requirements of the CCP, your provisional registration will be converted to an approved registration. If you are not successful in demonstrating that you’ve met the requirements of the CCP, or if you do not meet the requirements of the audit, your provisional registration may be revoked. If you do not meet the deadlines for submission throughout the audit, your provisional registration may be revoked.
I completed my renewal application. Can I submit my CCP materials later?
Provided that all material required for the audit is received by the CLPNM before the registration deadline, the answer is yes. If your CCP materials are not received by the deadline, your application for renewal is not complete, and your renewal will not be processed. Late submissions will result in late fees, or being ineligible to renew. Please refer to the Important Dates and What to Submit sections in the CCP Instruction Guide. Additional information about annual renewal requirements is available here.
How do I submit my CCP materials?

Please submit your materials by email to ccp@clpnm.ca or by mail or in person to the CLPNM office at 463 St. Anne’s Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 3C9. Please ensure you keep your original copies and submit photocopied or scanned copies only, as any material submitted for the audit is destroyed once the audit is complete. Photographed documents will not be accepted.

Regardless of how you submit your documents (email, mail or in-person), please ensure that they are legible and complete. Submissions that are illegible or have missing pages will not be accepted and may delay your registration renewal and/or may negatively impact your audit results.

For additional information on submitting your materials, please refer to the CCP Instruction Guide.

Do I have to send in my self-assessment or professional portfolio?
These do not need to be submitted to the CLPNM by the registration renewal deadline. However, if the CCP auditors require further information from you, they may direct you to submit one or both of these. Please refer to pages 5 and 6 of the CCP Instruction Guide.
How will I be notified of my audit results?

You will be notified of the results of each audit phase by email. If the auditors determine that that additional information or follow-up action from you is needed, this direction will also be specified in the email.

In the event that follow-up direction and deadlines are not met, and your provisional licence is revoked, you will be notified by registered mail. However, your licence will not be revoked before you have received advance warning by email, and an opportunity to avoid having your licence revoked by meeting the auditors’ direction and deadlines.

To ensure you do not miss time-sensitive communication from the CLPNM that could affect your licence, please be sure all of your contact information on file with the CLPNM is accurate and up-to-date throughout the audit. Maintaining accurate contact information is an expectation of the audit, and also a requirement of all CLPNM members under CLPNM By-Laws. Also be sure to check your email regularly, including your junk folder. If you are not sure whether the CLPNM has your current contact information, login to your profile in CLPNM’s registration system where you can view your information and make any necessary changes.

How will I access my audit results if I am away?

Most of the CLPNM’s communication with you during the audit will be by email. For this reason, LPNs selected for the audit must make all arrangements possible to ensure they have regular access to email throughout the audit, even if they are on holiday.

The CLPNM recognizes that, in rare circumstances, you may not be able to arrange for email access. In these circumstances, it is up to you to contact the CLPNM by other means (e.g. by phone) to verify your results at the end of each phase. If you do not, you may miss important time-sensitive direction that could affect your licence. To see when results are expected, please refer to page 8 of the CCP Instruction Guide.

Although communication of audit results will be by email, if your provisional licence is revoked as a result of failing to meet the auditors’ deadlines and directions, you will be notified by registered mail (or by another traceable delivery service) sent to the mailing address on file with the CLPNM. Even if you are unable to access your mail during holidays, you will have advance warning of the risk for licence cancellation by email, and an opportunity to avoid the cancellation by meeting auditors’ directions and deadlines.

I've just received an email that says I've met the CCP requirements. Do I have to do anything else?
No. This means that you have successfully completed the CCP Audit and no further action is required.
I've just received an email that says I did not meet the CCP requirements. What are my next steps?

The email will include a summary of the CCP auditors’ assessment of your documents and their specific instructions to you regarding what you must submit for the next phase of the audit. You will also be given a deadline for the submission of your revised documents.

Please refer to The Audit Process section of the CCP Instruction Guide for further information related to audit timelines.

What if I do not meet the requirements of the program?
Any registrant who does not meet the requirements of the CCP by the end of the three-phase audit process does not meet the CLPNM’s requirements for registration, and as such, may have their provisional license revoked. This occurs rarely. The CCP is not meant to be a punitive process, nor is the audit. The CLPNM and peer auditors endeavor to support LPNs throughout the process, and the vast majority of LPNs are successful.
Will my employer be made aware of my audit status and results?
As per 4(2) of The Licensed Practical Nurses Act, the CLPNM must carry out its duties in a manner that serves and protects the public. With that in mind, the CLPNM must provide employers with reasonable notice when LPNs in their employment are at risk of having their registration revoked as a result of not meeting audit requirements. This ensures employers are able to make any staffing adjustments necessary to ensure the public is not at risk. The CLPNM also notifies employers when an LPN’s provisional registration has been revoked. Information on who has registration status with the CLPNM is deemed public information, as per 7(3) of the Act.
How can I access more information?

The CLPNM’s expectations for continuing competence are set out in its Practice Direction: Continuing Competence Program.
(Note: the CLPNM’s practice directions were formerly referred to as regulatory bulletins. The name change does not change the effect of these documents.)

Additional information to assist LPNs in meeting the requirements of the CCP and the CCP Audit is available in the CCP Instruction Guide.

If you have read through the Instruction Guide and still have questions, you can access further information by:

  • Reviewing all of the information about the CCP and the CCP Audit on the CLPNM website.
  • Participating in a CCP Information Session (free of charge), either in person or by teleconference. Register online here.
  • Viewing the recorded version of the CCP Information Session.
  • Calling the CLPNM at 204-663‐1212 or at 1-877-663-1212 toll free
  • Emailing the CLPNM at ccp@clpnm.ca