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Continuing Professional Development

Every calendar year (January 1 – December 31), members are expected to complete 15 hours of professional development activities to promote continuing competency and continuing quality improvement in their practice. Professional development activities should reflect the professional interests of the member, as the member may choose to participate in a variety of activities. Ultimately, the goal of professional development activities is to enhance the member’s professional knowledge and skills.

Professional Development Guidelines

Your professional development activities are recorded on the Self-Assessment Forms. You must complete the self-assessment forms every year. Members are not required to submit their forms to the College unless otherwise noted in a random audit. The College routinely asks a percentage of members to submit their forms.

All acceptable activities must pertain to one of the two subject matters: Category A are activities that are directly related to the Standard’s of Practice as defined by the College. Category B are activities that are complementary to TCM but not directly related to the Standard’s of Practice.

Certain activities have maximum allowable hours – the maximum amount of hours that the member may claim towards their 15-hours of professional development, even if the activity surpasses the maximum hours allowed. Activities completed as part of the Quality Assurance Program requirement for other regulatory colleges will not count toward this College’s professional development hours.

  • For example, if a member studies a TCM foundations textbook for 20 hours over the course of multiple reading sessions, only 10 hours are counted. Under the guidelines, only 10 hours of professional reading is allowed.

Acceptable Professional Development Activities

The following lists the maximum allowable hours for each type of activity:

  • Attending courses, seminars, workshops, presentations, conferences related to TCM
  • Participating in online webinars, internet courses, seminars, workshops or conferences
  • Participating in correspondence courses that may be offered outside Canada
  • Participating in PLAR refresher courses offered by the College or by an educational institution
  • Reading professional books, journals, articles and research papers
  • Viewing, reading, listening to professional audio/video/internet materials
  • Reviewing CTCMPAO regulations, standards of practices, policies, guidelines, and other documents
  • Researching, writing, editing or submitting professional publications related to TCM
  • Teaching related courses in a TCM program
  • Preparing/presenting professional presentations
  • Serving on CTCMPAO’s Committees
  • Attending Discipline Hearings conducted by the College
  • Attending Council meetings of the Council of CTCMPAO as an observer
  • Serving as a Peer and Practice Assessor for the College
  • Acting as a subject matter expert for the College
  • Conferring with health care professionals regulated under the RHPA for the purpose of sharing relevant knowledge
  • Category B activities – any activities that fall under Category B are subject to a maximum of 5 hours counted only towards their 15-hour minimum

Category "A" Activities

These subjects directly relate to the College’s Standards of Practice and are directly related to Traditional Chinese Medicine and your practice. Examples of acceptable subject matters pertaining to the Standards of Practice include:

  1. The College’s Standards of Practice, regulations, code of ethics, College by-laws and/or policies
  2. Relevant legislation governing the practice of the profession (Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006 (TCMA) Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2014 (PHIPA) etc.)
  1. Authorized controlled acts of the profession
  2. Knowledge of TCM foundations
  3. Application of fundamentals of TCM theory in diagnosis and treatment
  4. Diagnosis and patient assessment methods
  5. Establishing and monitoring treatment plans based on TCM diagnosis
  6. Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments (herbs, acupuncture)
  7. Monitor effectiveness of treatment plan
  8. Acupuncture techniques
  9. Biomedical concepts  
  10. Knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine illnesses
  11. Advancements in related technology or techniques
  12. Maintaining herbal inventory
  13. Preparing and dispensing herbal formulas
  14. Educate and counsel patient
  1. Relevant municipal, provincial and federal legislation and standards, guidelines pertaining to health and safety
  2. Risks and contraindications for acupuncture and moxibustion, herbal treatment
  3. Infection control and communicable diseases
  4. Emergency response procedures e.g. First Aid, CPR, etc.
  5. Equipment safety
  1. Utilize professional communication
  2. Informed consent
  3. Develop and maintain effective interprofessional relationships
  4. Relevant legislation such as the Health Care Consent Act and all CTCMPAO guideline pertaining to consent
  5. Communication skills development, learning English/French
  6. Business/marketing courses
  1. Enhancing/upgrading patient records
  2. Organizational skills development
  3. Relevant privacy legislation
  4. Inventory management
  5. Billing
  1. Relevant legislation pertaining to the prevention of sexual abuse
  2. Steps to ensure appropriate boundaries between member and patient
  3. Documentation of the termination of a member/patient relationship
  4. Mandatory duty to report
  1. Diet/Nutrition
  2. Tai Chi
  3. Qigong
  4. Tui Na
  5. Gua Sha
  6. Cupping
  7. Moxibustion

Category "B" Activities

These subject matters are complementary to Traditional Chinese Medicine, but are not directly part of the TCM scope of practice. These activities (in total) may only count for a maximum of 5 hours towards your 15 hours of required Professional Development each year. Examples of these subject matters include, but are not limited to:

Adjunctive techniques considered complementary to Traditional Chinese Medicine:

  • Alexander Technique
  • Aromatherapy
  • Feldenkrais
  • Electrical therapy techniques (not electro-acupuncture) including:
    • IFC
    • TENS, Pulsed High Frequency
  • Low Intensity Laser Therapy (Infra-red laser, Helium Neon Laser and Cold Dyad Laser)
  • Learning to teach Pilates
  • Learning to teach Yoga
  • All other adjunctive techniques are subject to approval by the Quality Assurance Committee.