Continuing Education

All members who hold a General class certificate of registration with the College are required to participate in Continuing Education and Professional Development.  This includes engaging in relevant activities, submitting a summary log of those activities, and submitting supporting documentation (when selected) to verify participation in CE activities.

Continuing Education & Professional Development Requirements

     
General class members are required to participate in a minimum of 70 hours of Continuing Education over a three-year cycle. During the three years, you must receive and document Continuing Education Credits (CECs) in two categories:

A:  Core Activities – 30 credits.  These are pre-approved structured learning activities related to the clinical competencies, and within the scope of practice of the profession. 
B: Self-Directed Activities – 40 credits.  These are professional development activities of any type and area the member chooses, and do not require pre-approval.

You may undertake additional credits that further your professional development.  We encourage any learning that better serves the public interest; however you may not bank credits that you have acquired in one three-year reporting period and use them in a subsequent reporting period. The required 70 hours of Continuing Education and Professional Development must be claimed in the reporting period in which they are earned.

Category A - Core Activities

These are structured learning activities that address the core clinical competencies of the profession. They should be relevant to the practice of naturopathy, and help to enhance your competence and understanding of professional standards. Some topics might include: assessment and diagnostics, pharmacology, primary care management, patient-centred care, naturopathic modalities, and referrals to other practitioners.

For Category A, one hour of Continuing Education equals one credit.  The 30 credits in Category A include specific requirements:

Jurisprudence
All members must complete a minimum of three (3) CECs in Jurisprudence. This may be achieved by either attending three hours of Jurisprudence education or completing the Jurisprudence Examination.

Prescribing
Members who have met the Standard of Practice for prescribing must complete six (6) CECs in pharmacology.

Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT)
The College recognizes the importance of competency in the areas of increased risk associated with controlled acts. If you have met the standard of practice for IVIT, you must complete six (6) additional Category A CECs related to IVIT, for a total of 36 CECs in Category A at the end of your three-year cycle.

Category B - Self-Directed Activities

Professional learning often comes from being involved in professional activities and engaged in a variety of community functions.  The College places a high value on NDs being a part of the naturopathic community, the broader community of health professionals, and society generally. Category B activities relate to the ND as a health professional, and emphasize community involvement.  Over a three-year period, members must participate in a minimum of 40 CECs through activities such as (but not limited to):

  • Serving on a College committee, working group or task force, or on the Council;
  • Serving on the board, committee, working group or task force of a professional association or educational institution;
  • Supervising in a student clinic, providing a preceptorship, or overseeing an externship;
  • Writing and publishing articles or books about naturopathic medicine for any publication in North America;
  • Reviewing professional journals, text books, literature, etc.;
  • Developing and/or delivering courses offered for NDs; 
  • Developing and/or delivering information sessions relating to the practice of the profession;
  • Attending educational courses related to business practices or modalities complementary to the practice of the profession.

The College does not have to pre-approve activities in this category.  However, the QA Committee may, upon review of an individual’s summary, reject developmental activities that do not provide education for the ND as a health professional. 

While you may use any Category A CECs above the minimum 30 credits towards your Category B requirements, no Category B CECs can apply to your Category A requirements.

Submitting Your Continuing Education and Professional Development Log

At the end of your three-year cycle, you will submit your Continuing Education and Professional Development (CE & PD) Log to the College. This log is a summary of your CE activities over the previous three years. The CE & PD Log consists of three forms (one for Category A, one for Category B and one for IVIT).

For each activity you complete, you will record the course provider, the name and a brief description of the course, the activity date, the number of credits you have earned and the outcome (i.e. how you plan to modify your practice based on what you learned). You may submit your completed log by mail or by email.


Click here for the Continuing Education Handbook.