College of

TRADITIONAL

CHINESE MEDICINE

PRACTITIONERS +

ACUPUNCTURISTS

of British Columbia

Continuing Education

The Quality Assurance Committee is responsible for administering a continuing competency program in order to promote high practice standards amongst registrants. Registrants should ensure that they are in compliance each year with the program requirements, and keep a record of their activities over the year for ease of record production in the event that they are chosen as part of the annual audit.


Program Requirements

The specific requirements of the CE Program are set out in the following document.

In the 2-year reporting period, a minimum of 6 out of 50 hours have to be in-person (face-to-face in the same physical location) and they may be activities under categories A and/or C. A minimum of 4 hours must focus on ethical practice. The ethics requirement can be met by activities under any categories.  Please note that specific activities in Category D can satisfy the in-person hours and the ethics hours requirements.

Compliance with the Continuing Competency Requirements Policy is required for renewing registration with the College.

Category A includes “direct participatory, formal programs” that include live (i.e., real-time) in-person or online interactive workshops, seminars, or training when attendance is taken and monitored; or electronically offered continuing education when attendance is taken and monitored and when there is an assessment tool for the course.

Category B includes “self study” such as review of academic journals, professional publications, bylaws and standards, and include online and distance learning courses and webinars when no attendance is taken and/or when no assessment tool is available.

Category C includes “structured interactive activities” which can be regularly scheduled or routine consultations with peers or case conferences.

Category D includes utilizing Practice Support Program (PSP) components to assess practice and develop individualized continuing learning plan of activities that can enhance the registrant’s TCM/A practice.


Activity Log

  • Excel Version (Electronic Record) ( Updated 2021 October version)
  • PDF Version (Physical Record)(Updated 2021 October version)
  • Video Instructions

The Activity Log has been revised to incorporate a new Category D for reporting Practice Support Program related activities. The Activity Log can be downloaded from the website for self-reporting CE activities and placed in your personal filing system (Registrant File) with relevant activity support documentation such as course outline, completion certificates, PSP plans and documents, etc.

If you are selected for a CE Audit, you will be asked to submit the Activity Log to the College to review.  If further information is required, then the support documentation might be requested.


Reporting Cycle

Registrants are required to complete 50 hours of continuing education activities during each 2-year reporting cycle. In the Registrant Portal, it shows when CEs are next due for registrants to report completion of Continuing Competency Program requirements in the reporting cycle.  If “CE next due year” shows “2022”, it means you are required to complete CE requirements in a reporting cycle by March 31, 2022. If it shows “2023”, it means to complete CE by March 31, 2023.

The following is an example to show how the reporting cycle is set for new initial full registrants by the College (P.S. The 1st cycle always consists of TWO full years or longer.)

Initial Full Registration Start Date

1st Reporting Cycle Start Date

1st Reporting Cycle End Date

Subsequent Reporting Cycles End Dates

EVEN year before or on April 1st

E.g., March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020

March 31, 2022

March 31 of EVEN Year

EVEN year after April 1st

E.g., May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

March 31, 2023

March 31 of ODD Year

ODD year before or on April 1st

E.g., March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

March 31, 2023

March 31 of ODD Year

ODD year after April 1st

E.g., May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021

March 31, 2024

March 31 of EVEN Year

All 50 CE hours need to be completed within a reporting period, and no hours can be banked or carried forward.


Instructors, Courses and Hours

CE courses must be delivered by qualified instructors/lecturers, i.e.

  • Instructors/lecturers must have at least 7 years experience OR a university degree plus 3 years experience
  • Instructors must have thorough knowledge of the subject matter OR credentials recognized by the College

A list of courses is available for reference on the Continuing Education Courses page.

Only actual instructional hours are counted as credits. Breaks and rest periods should not be included.


Registrant File

It is each registrant's responsibility to maintain a record of CE in their Registrant File. The file should include the following documents:

  • Continuing Competency Activity Log and other details of Continuing Education activities (ie. CE Certificate, Official Confirmation with all CE details, receipts, course brochures/descriptions, handouts and notes);
  • Documents showing the number of patients visits per month or year;
  • Professional Liability Insurance; and
  • Copies of application renewal forms/receipts and correspondences to/from the College.

Each year the College randomly selects a number of renewing registrants to audit the individual records of CE and patient visits. If you are selected for the audit, you will receive a written request to

  1. send in copies of your records, or
  2. make an appointment for a site visit.

Registrants may consider the following systems on minimum patient visits used by other registrants:

  1. Listing visits by date
    • March 30: list the name of each patient seen on this day
    • March 29: list the name of each patient seen on this day
    • etc until you reach 200 visits
  2. Listing visits by patient name
    • Patient ONE – seen on the following dates (25 visits)
    • Patient TWO – seen on the following dates (50 visits)
    • Patient THREE – seen on the following dates (80 visits)
    • etc until you reach 200 visits
  3. Copy pages from your appointment book – clearly showing patient names for each date.