Continuing Professional Development Requirements

As a condition of professional licensure in BC, medical staff members are responsible for documenting and logging the required number of continuing medical education credits as per the reporting cycle of their respective certifying College. Certifying colleges include Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, College of Family Physicians of Canada, College of Midwives of BC, College of Dental Surgeons of BC and College of Registered Nurses of BC.

Physicians can attain qualifying credits through attendance of accredited group learning activities such as rounds, journal clubs, and events (conferences, workshops).  

Midwives can engage in self-directed, accredited CPD activities as specified in their Policy on Continuing Professional Development.  In addition, recertification in mandatory CPD for NRP, CPR and Emergency Medicine skills is required to maintain continuing competency.

Similarly, Dentists participate in mandatory continuing education (CE) in order to renew their registration or certification to practice each year.  Detailed requirements, including course eligibility are outlined in their Continuing Education Requirements document.

Nurse Practitioners complete quality assurance requirements in order to support their ongoing professional development.