Maintaining and enhancing competency occurs in practice and through continuing education. A college’s continuing competency program (CCP) promotes currency and competency by setting requirements for professional development. Being current and competent is also influenced by being active in practice. Therefore, an active practice hour requirement has become a best practice in professional regulation to contribute to ongoing competence, in addition to a CCP.
The CCP is a regulatory tool to support dietitians in maintaining and enhancing their competence to practice dietetics. Maintaining competence and keeping abreast of changes that are applicable to practice is essential. The purpose of the CCP is not to determine whether a dietitian is competent; it is a proactive approach to continuing competence to promote safe, ethical, and competent practice through lifelong learning.
Resource: Continuing Competency Program